Men in Black 3 is the first film Barry Sonnenfeld directed since RV in 2006. As of today, Black has grossed $546 million dollars worldwide. According to Vulture, Sonnenfeld is now attached to direct a big-screen version of DC Comics’ The Metal Men. The comic features six superheroes based on elements from the period table: Gold, Iron, Lead, Mercury, Tin, and Platinum. Each hero has powers relating to their element’s property. The project sounds like a perfect fit for the quirky Sonnenfeld, who was also behind the two Addams Family films.
More on The Metal Men according to the DC Database:
The Metal Men are liquid metal robots made from various elements each with almost limitless shape shifting abilities. They were created by the brilliant robotics expert and Elementical genius Dr. William Magus. Doc Magnus was a student of super-villain T. O. Morrow and became the world’s foremost authority on the new science of Elementics, a synthesis of chemistry and robotics.
Doc Magnus developed the Responsometer, a small microcomputer capable of animating pure metals into humanoid robots capable of independent thought, initiative, and emotions.
Together, Gold and the Metal Men embarked on a variety of adventures, their specialty fighting monsters spawned from weird science. Perhaps their most unusual and deadliest for is Chemo a walking stew of chemical waste in gigantic humanoid form. Among their other foes are the Missile Men, the Gas Gang, B.O.L.T.S., Doctor Yes, and the Plastic Perils.
Over the years, the Metal Men have been destroyed many times, but Magnus has always been able to salvage their Responsometers and rebuild them.
Due to their shape shifting ability the robot can combine into a giant robotic form known as Alloy. Alloy has the combined might of all the robots along with their thoughts and skills, making him a formidable opponent.
Tin later created a robot himself an unofficial member of the team dubbed “Nameless“. Shy and withdrawn, Nameless was Tin’s “girlfriend” until her destruction in battle.