Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Warners Hammers Out "Metal Men" Movie

Development continues on producer Lauren "X-Men" Shuler-Donner's "Metal Men" for Warner Bros Pictures.

"'Metal Men' is much more like 'Men in Black'," she said.

"It's miles away from X-Men. It's lighter and it's fun. A lot of CGI ..."

The original DC Comics' "Metal Men" adventures were written/edited by Robert Kanigher and drawn by Ross Andru/Mike Esposito.

Key issues begin with 'Showcase' 37 (March-April 1962), "The Flaming Doom", 38 (May-June 1962) "The Nightmare Menace", 39 (July-August 1962) "The Deathless Doom", 40 (September-October 1962) "The Day the Metal Men Melted" and 1 (April-May 1963) "Rain of the Missile Men".

As detailed in 1962's "The Flaming Doom" the origin of the characters start with pipe-smoking inventor 'Dr. Will Magnus' who created the 'Metal Men' by giving them life-giving personality 'responsometers' and an ability to reduce their composition into blobs of molten metals, shape-shifting at will into inanimate objects of any size.

'Platinum' (Tina) is a passionate metal woman, 'Tin' is shy and mild mannered, 'Gold' is the virtuous leader of the group, 'Iron' is the strongest, dim-witted 'Lead' is the most dependable and 'Mercury' is the impulsive hot-head.