Coming off the easy hit that is “Men in Black 3” (I think at this point a squirrel could direct the “Men in Black” movies and as long as Will Smith is still starring, it would make oodles of money), director Barry Sonnenfeld has now segued into a live-action adaptation of D.C. Comic’s “Metal Men” comic book. The books were originally created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru back in the ’60s, but if you’ve never heard of them, don’t worry, you’re not the only one.
So what’s this “Metal Men” all about?
The Metal Men centers on an artificial-intelligence expert named William Magnus who creates six cyborgs, each made from a distinct chemical element with talents reflecting their places in the periodic table: Gold, their leader, was almost infinitely stretchable; Iron, the strongman; Lead, the simpleton protector; Mercury, the capricious risk-taker who could melt into the tiniest crevices; Platinum, a female cyborg who could flatten herself but who couldn’t believe she wasn’t a real woman.
I’ve never heard of “Metal Men”, but then again, my D.C. library is pretty sparse. This is certainly an interesting choice by Sonnenfeld. The property is mostly unknown, so he could basically do whatever he wants with it, and I don’t think there will be much fanboy furor over any changes he wants to make.
The heroes have appeared in various D.C. titles over the years, and recently appeared in the animated “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”, as well as a brief appearance in the direct-to-DVD animated movie “Justice League: The New Frontier”.
The “Men in Black” franchise, by the way, also started life as a comic book series. So yes, Sonnenfeld does know his way around adapting little-known comics into successful movie properties.
Via : Vulture