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James Gunn Name-Drops Bat-Mite, Metal Men During DC Studios Meeting

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Following James Gunn’s appointment as DC Studios’ co-CEO, many are wondering what his first project will be with the newly formed company. Little is known about what titles Gunn has in mind, but the filmmaker-turned-executive recently shared his fondness for characters like the Metal Men and Bat-Mite.

According to Deadline, Gunn mentioned the Metal Men and Bat-Mite during Warner Bros. Discovery’s virtual meeting regarding DC Studios. “While Gunn and Safran didn’t mention anything about new projects, the former said he has a penchant for such DC superheroes as Metal Men and Bat-mite,” the outlet wrote.

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Gunn is known for taking obscure characters and introducing them to new audiences on the big and small screens. Guardians of the Galaxy was a relatively unknown property among general moviegoers before Gunn’s 2014 adaptation, which went on to earn $773.3 million at the worldwide box office, in addition to positive reviews from critics and audiences. Gunn similarly chose largely unfamiliar characters, such as Polka-Dot Man, Ratcatcher 2 and King Shark, to populate his version of The Suicide Squad. The feature struggled at the box office, earning just $168.7 million, but it also received positive reviews in addition to launching the successful HBO Max spinoff Peacemaker.

Similarly obscure, the Metal Men debuted in DC Comics’ Showcase #37 in 1962. Built by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Ross Andru, the Metal Men are a team of robots and the brainchildren of Dr. William “Doc” Magnus. The team’s original lineup consisted of Gold, Iron, Lead, Mercury, Tin and Platinum. Each member is named after the metal from which they are constructed, the properties of which are reflected in their personalities. In the 90s, the team was re-imagined as a group of humans, including Magnus, who had their minds transferred into robot vessels. In 2021, a Metal Men animated movie was said to be in the works with The Little Mermaid and Moana‘s Ron Clements and John Musker, but little is known on whether that project is still happening.

Pre-dating the Metal Men, Bat-Mite hit the shelves with Detective Comics #267 in May 1959. The joint effort of writer and Batman co-creator Bill finger and artist Sheldon Moldoff, the character is an imp from the 5th dimension similar to Superman’s Mister Mxyzptlk, who Bat-Mite has teamed up with several times. More an annoyance than a villain, Bat-Mite is known for inconveniencing his Caped Crusading idol. Bat-Mite was briefly mentioned in an episode of Gunn’s Peacemaker, confirming his existence in the DCU.

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On Twitter, Gunn recently shared an image of another obscure character from the pages of DC: Lobo, the intergalactic bounty hunter. Combined with Jason Momoa’s recent comments on a “dream DCU project,” many fans are wondering if Gunn is teasing Lobo’s future onscreen debut. Though Momoa is already the DCU’s Aquaman, the actor has long been a fan-favorite to ride the Czarnian’s iconic spacehog. Momoa recently addressed the Lobo rumors, saying it “would be amazing if that happened.”

Source: Deadline

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