DC’s ‘Metal Men’ Is Back in Active Development with ‘Men in Black’ Director Barry Sonnenfeld

DC's ‘Metal Men’ Is Back in Active Development with ‘Men in Black’ Director Barry Sonnenfeld



In June 2012, it was introduced that Barry Sonnenfeld, the director that introduced us The Addams Family, Men in Black, Get Shorty and one among my favorites, The Tick starring Patrick Warburton, is lastly getting began on the long-awaited Metal Men film based mostly on the DC Comics.

The story facilities on William Magnus, a synthetic intelligence professional who creates six different cyborgs, every made from a unique metallic on the periodic desk. Gold is the chief and might stretch his kind in an infinite variety of methods. Iron is the muscle of the group, and Lead protects the group from radiation. Mercury can soften and slide into the tiniest of areas, Platinum (additionally referred to as “Tina”), the one feminine, who believed she was an actual girl and was in love along with her creator, might stretch or flatten her kind, and Tin is the self-doubting and insecure cyborg, The group’s personalities mirrored their namesake metals, being dictated by units referred to as “responsometers”.

Speaking with ComicBookMovie.com, Barry Sonnenfeld says “You know, it’s funny because I am developing Metal Men with Warner Bros. We’re actively working on a treatment for that. For me, it’s not so much a superhero thing as it is world-building.”

“If you look at the work I’ve done, whether it’s The Addams Family, Men in Black, Pushing Daisies, Schmigadoon!, or A Series of Unfortunate Events, it’s all about creating a world. An unusual, slightly off-kilter quirky, different kind of world; that’s what I love doing. It’s not specifically, necessarily superhero, but even in Metal Men, that I am developing, it’s going to be a very specific kind of world. It’s a real-world because I always like things to be reality-based, but slightly with a tilt to that. It all started with The Addams Family which is both real but slightly pushed.”

With the success Barry Sonnenfeld has discovered within the quirky world-building lengthy kind episodic storytelling, a sequence would give him and the story room to stretch their legs. Schmigadoon!, The Tick, Pushing Daisies, and naturally, A Series of Unfortunate Events which was a Netflix hit for years, are all nice examples of what Sonnenfeld would possibly be capable of do throughout the world of DC Comics.

How a few world the place a pair on a backpacking journey discovers a magical city through which everybody acts like they’re in a musical from the 1940s? Schmigadoon!, with a solid of comedy and musical heavy hitters together with Cecily Strong, Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Armison, Kristin Chenoweth, and Alan Cumming is an ideal instance.

While solely two seasons of Pushing Daisies had been made, the followers had been devastated to see it depart. Quirky world, you say? How about Lee Pace starring as a pastry chef with the facility to convey lifeless folks again to life, solves homicide mysteries together with his resurrected childhood sweetheart, a cynical personal investigator, and a lovesick waitress. There you go!

And I can not advocate The Tick sufficient. Ben Edlund, the comedian creator, described the sequence as, “closer in tone to the comic book, favoring character over action, painting a superheroic portrait of genuine human lameness.” The present had followers of the comedian and the sequence lining as much as guest-star together with Ron Perlman, Christopher Lloyd, Kurt Fuller, Armin Shimerman, and Dave Foley. Superhero expertise!

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