Despite reports in October indicating Barry Sonnenfeld was still interested in making a Metal Men film, it seems the cinematic future of Dr. Magnus and his team will be in the hands of animation greats Ron Clements and John Musker.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pair will team up with writer Celeste Ballard to create a film based on the DC Comics characters for Warner Animation Group. Craig Peck will serve as an executive producer. Clements and Musker are well known for films like Aladdin and The Princess and the Frog while Ballard’s credits include Warner’s recent Space Jam: A New Legacy.
Devised in 1962 by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru, the Metal Men are the creations of Dr. Will Magnus — five androids composed of key metallic substances with the ability to manipulate their forms. The personalities also reflected their metallic namesakes: Gold, Iron, Lead, Mercury, Tin, and Platinum. Of the group, only Platinum believed herself to be a real person and developed a romantic attachment to Dr. Magnus. Debuting in Showcase, the concept proved successful enough for the Metal Men to get their own series in 1963 which ran bimonthly for six years. The title returned in 1976, but was soon cancelled as DC’s fortunes famously fell in the latter part of that decade. The characters would make guest spots in other titles throughout the ’80s and eventually get a four-issue miniseries in 1993. They also continue to appear in comics to this day.
Back in October, Sonnenfeld said his live action treatment of the characters, first rumored nine years ago, was still in active development. It is unclear if the animated project takes the place of Sonnenfeld’s film or if there is a enough room for both in the DC Multiverse.
As with all newly announced projects, it is unclear when or even if the film will be ready for release.