Barry Sonnenfeld Set to Direct Adaptation of DC Comics’ THE METAL MEN

     June 21, 2012


Barry Sonnenfeld is attached to helm an adaptation of the obscure DC Comics’ series The Metal Men.  The comic features six superheroes based on elements from the period table: Gold, Iron, Lead, Mercury, Tin, and Platinum.  Each hero has powers relating to their element’s property.  For example, Iron is the Strongman, Mercury can melt to move through tight spaces, etc.

Hit the jump for more, including a refresher on Sonnenfeld’s other projects.

Here’s more on the comic, per Vulture:

For those unfamiliar (and let’s be honest, that’s probably most people), 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.

As for Tin…well, it looks like Tin is the Aquaman of the group.  Maybe he can turn into hats for crazy people.

The Metal Men isn’t the only project on Sonnenfeld’s plate.  In April, Steve spoke with Sonnenfeld, and the Men in Black director said he can’t seem to keep away from aliens.  He’s currently trying to finish the script for an adaptation of Grant Morrison‘s graphic novel, Dominion: Dinosaurs vs. Aliens.  The movie will reportedly feature cultured dinosaurs and talking aliens.  Sonnenfeld is also attached to direct The How-To Guide for Saving the Planet, which is a romantic comedy where an average guy and girl have to project the world from an alien invasion using a guide left behind by a secret group after the group gets wiped out.  I’d like to see Sonnenfeld take a step back from aliens, so hopefully Metal Men will be his next project.


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