It seems they are planning to make a film based on the Metal Men the quirky team created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru in 1962. Lauren Shuler Donner (X-MEN, CONSTANTINE) produces, with Eric Champnella (MR. 3000) to script. The Hollywood Reporter story has an unusually in-depth account of the book’s publishing history:
Metal” revolves around a brilliant scientist, William Magnus, and his creations: six highly advanced robots who have powers associated with their respective metals — gold, iron, lead, tin, mercury and platinum. Instead of having to be programd, the Metal Men can think for themselves, which is both their genius and their biggest flaw.
The heroes made their first appearance in “Showcase,” where they were created as filler but proved to be unexpectedly popular and received their own title. The heroes served as a dysfunctional family, and the stories balanced sentimentality, humor and action.
Inevitable, affable Geoff Johns, former assistant to Shuler Donner spouse Richard, helped develop the film and gets an exec producer credit.
Quick now, let’s play the Metal Men casting game! Extra credit — will it be the “classic” Metal Men or the all-new Metal Men?