Right before the Thanksgiving holiday last week, Warner Bros. Animation debuted the DC League of Super-Pets trailer, a much lighter romp than most live-action DC Comics fare of the last decade. It appears Super-Pets won’t be the last DC Comics property to get the animated big screen treatment as THR has reported that a Metal Men animated film from Disney animation legends on Ron Clements and John Musker.
Any Disney fan worth their salt is well aware of the pedigree of Clements and Musker who together have directed some of the most acclaimed and successful Disney animated films including The Little Mermaid and Aladdin during the Disney Renaissance and most recently Moana. According to THR, the duo are are producing and have written the treatment for a Metal Men animated film and also teamed up with writer Celeste Ballard, who worked on the Space Jam: A New Legacy. But I wouldn’t hold the Spam Jam credentials against Ballard since over a dozen writers were credited with the screenplay. Before Space Jam, Ballard worked on the TBS comedy Wrecked and MTV’s Sweet Vicious.
Introduced in Showcase #37 in 1962 and created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Ross Andru, the Metal Men are a team of six robots robots each based on a particular metal from the periodic table with their own abilities and personalities including the leader Gold; strongman Iron; slow-witted and loyal Lead; hot-headed Mercury; self-doubting and insecure Tin; and Platinum. The Metal Men have previously appeared in media outside of comics, most notably the charming Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series as well as a series of DC Nation shorts by comics creator Evan Dorkin. In fact, the first episode short below is a great primer.
Moreover, filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld was originally in talks with Warner Bros. to make a live action Metal Men film for over a decade and even confirmed in a recent interview that the project is still in active development.