According to an exclusive interview by THR, a DC’s Metal Men movie is in the works. Disney’s Ronn Clementine and John Musker (Moana, Hercules, and The Princess and the Frog) are expected to lead the animated feature. Clements and Musker will lead the Warner Animation project in its entirety.
The Many Adaptations of Metal Men
Created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru, DC’s the Metal Men first came out in 1962. The group consisted of different robots based on different types of metal such as Gold, Tin, Platinum, etc. Dr. William Magnus designed all of the robots in the group.
Writer and former DC co-publisher Dan DiDio then went on to say in an interview,
I’ve always been a big fan of the Metal Men, and I’m always watching things and following along. I’ve watched multiple interpretations that we’ve done. Aside froom Geoff, there were the stories Keith Griffin did as a backup in the Doom Patrol book, and we add some of that in. And we went back and looked at the Duncan Rouleau material. Also when Francis Manapul did some redesignsand when Len Wein did some writing. The goal was too find the core conceit at the heart of the characters so we could contextualize all those different takes around one idea. Then we’d take that single idea and push it forward.”
After several appearances in Showcase, the Metal Men got their own original comic. It started in 1963 and ran for 56 issues. After Metal Men was canceled, the characters would then appear in The Brave and the Bold and DC Comics Presents novels. In the early 1990s, The Metal Men had a four-issue miniseries. Also, they were featured in Crisis in the 2000s.
The characters received a reboot in The New 52 series and received a 12 issue series as a part of 2019’s Rebirth. As of now though, there’s no confirmation that DC’s Metal Men movie will connect to any of DC’s other animated features.