Ron Clements and John Musker, one of the most formidable directing pairs in modern animation, are lined up to produce – and possibly direct – a DC superhero film for Warner Animation Group (WAG).
Clements and Musker dipped into the far reaches of the DC universe to find their stars: the Metal Men, a group of robots who have special powers related to the metals from which they’ve been created: gold, iron, lead, mercury, tin, and platinum. The Metal Men were Silver Age comic stars who had their own series throughout the 1960s, but have in recent decades been relegated to supporting roles and special comic mini-series.
Warner Bros. has been trying to develop a live-action feature with the characters for decades, with numerous writers, producers, and directors involved, including Men in Black’s Barry Sonnenfeld. While live action hasn’t panned out, Warners seems to have figured out an approach by switching to animation and adding the all-star directing team from Disney.