Animation has always been one of DC’s stronger areas, with many of the straight-to-DVD animated films becoming instant classics for the brand, and adapting some of the most beloved stories and characters. With League of Super-Pets set to hit theaters next year, it seems DC and WB are ready to bring these animated stories to the big screen, with another animated film already in development.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Warner Animation Group is currently developing an animated film focused on the Metal Men. They are a group of superheroes from DC Comics that debuted in the early ’60s. The film was written by Ron Clements, Celeste Ballard, and John Musker. They are best known for their work on many classic animated Disney films such as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Princess and The Frog, Hercules, and Moana. They are also eyeing to direct the project and will produce alongside Craig Peck.
The Metal Men made their debut back in 1962 and were created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru. Dr. William Magnus developed the six highly advanced AI robots known as Gold, Iron, Lead, Mercury, Tin, and Platinum whose personalities and abilities mirrored that of their namesakes. The team briefly had a series of animated shorts that aired exclusively on Cartoon Network, but since then the characters really haven’t been in the spotlight. The willingness of WB and DC to explore characters like the Metal Men, even if it is in animation is very promising for the future. The animation will allow for these characters to be accurately brought to life and live up to their full potential.