Barry Sonnenfeld Will Direct Metal Men?

The DC Comics series might be headed to the big screen from the director of Men in Black.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Comic book movies don't seem to be going away, and as comic book geeks we are 100% fine with that. You have to wonder what Warner Bros. is thinking though. Sure, they've got Batman and Superman all sorted out (for now), but their other attempts to adapt the DC Comics they own are either falling flat or failing to come out at all. Green Lantern? A disappointment. The Flash? Wonder Woman? Non-existent. But Metal Men? Now that's a priority. At least that's what Vulture is claiming in their new report that Doctor Will Magnus's robotic creations are coming to theaters, courtesy of Men in Black III director Barry Sonnenfeld. 

Who are the Metal Men? They're not the best known superheroes in the DC Universe, that's for sure. Created in 1962 by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Ross Andru, the Metal Men are a superhero team whose members are each made from a different element, whose properties inform their personalities and powers. Gold can stretch like nobody's business, Mercury can melt, and so forth. Although they've had a few high profile series and mini-series, like a relatively-recent one from Duncan Rouleau, they've never really taken off in the comic book consciousness.

That said, they are a potentially interesting motion picture waiting to happen, with the potential for spectacular visual effects and quirky performances, both elements (ha) that Barry Sonnenfeld is known for. With the success of Men in Black III, which has doubled his $225 million budget within a month, the formerly hot director is on the uptick after more than a decade of disappointing features like R/V, Men in Black II and Wild Wild West. We weren't the biggest fans of his latest, but it's good to have him back, and Metal Men could be a great fit for him, if the story turns out to be true.

CraveOnline will be back with more Metal Men news after we see what T.O. Morrow is up to.