Of all the comic books I've read (and believe me, there have been quite a few), Metal Men, which concerns the exploits of a robotic team of super heroes, was probably one of the last ones I expected to see on the big screen. It was reported here on Cinematical about a year ago that producer of theX-Men films Lauren Shuler Donner was interested in the property, and now The Hollywood Reporter has an update on the project. The film is being set up at Warner Bros., with Shuler Donner and Jack Leslie producing, and Eric Champnella writing the screenplay. Comic book writer Geoff Johns helped develop the idea and will serve as executive producer, and Gregory Noveck will supervise for DC Comics.

Metal Men first appeared in 1962 in the 37th issue of DC's classic anthology series Showcase before graduating to a book of their own. Built by Dr. Will Magnus -- whose pipe smoking habit always reminds me of Fred MacMurray in My Three Sons -- The Metal Men consist of six robots who exhibit the characteristics of the metals from which they take their names. If you look at the picture above, starting at the twelve o'clock position and proceeding clockwise, we have Gold, Mercury, Iron, Platinum (a.k.a. Tina), Tin and Lead. Recurring concepts included Tina's infatuation with Doc Magnus, as well as the idea that since they are robots, the characters can be killed then rebuilt. As I recall, these guys died more often than X-Men's Jean Grey, if you can believe it. I don't believe there is a current incarnation of the comic book (if I'm wrong, please correct me in the comments section), but Gold and Platinum recently appeared -- and died yet again -- in an issue of Justice League of America. When Shuler Donner discussed the project last year she described it as "much more like Men in Black. It's miles away from X-Men. It's lighter and it's fun. A lot of CGI."

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