Plastic Man Movie ‘Flexing’ Into Early Development
A Plastic Man movie may soon be a reality for the DC Extended Universe, as Deadline confirmed that writer Amanda Idoko is adapting the Quality Comics superhero. However, these are early stages of the production; the movie has yet to be greenlit, nor has anyone picked a director.
Idoko is an up-and-coming writer who has starred in a few short films. She made her breakthrough this year as the writer for Breaking News In Yuba County, which is currently in pre-production stages and will star Laura Dern and Allison Janey. Idoko sent out a tweet upon the announcement Dec. 7:
I love superhero movies so much and now I get to write one!!! This is truly a dream come true! My heart is racing! I’m so happy! I can’t even! Please excuse me while I- AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! 🤸🏿♀️ https://t.co/NVAovCAEJg
— Amanda Idoko (@amidoko) December 7, 2018
Although a Plastic Man movie doesn’t feel like a far cry in today’s comic book film craze, there was another time when it was considered.
The Origin of the Wachowskis’ Plastic Man Movie
Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) opened the floodgates for adapting comic book superheroes. Batman hit big in the box office; companies scrambled to find properties to adapt and replicate that success. In 1991, Dreamworks and Warner Brothers secured the rights to Plastic Man.
The project was rumored to have netted some interest from Steven Spielberg himself, although that would have raised the budget, considering the price tag on Spielberg. There was even another rumor that Bryan Spicer was on board as director. Then in 1995, four years before they took audiences by storm with The Matrix, the Wachowskis were commissioned to write a Plastic Man movie script.
At the time they, too, were up-and-coming screenwriters. Their only credit as writers at that point was for Assassins (1995) starring Sylvester Stallone. The script they had produced can still be viewed online today!
With production stalled by the companies and what seems to have been a difficult handle on CGI in the ’90s, nothing ever became official. The Wachowskis’ Plastic Man movie seemed to be picking up speed again in 2008; Keanu Reeves was in talks to play the titular hero. They even announced a December 2009 release date.
Rumors circulated that the Wachowskis and Reeves were already in pre-production for filming the Plastic Man movie in Germany. But the story ends there, as it seems things never went too far into actual filming. Eventually, the project fizzled again as other projects came along the following years.
What the Plastic Man Movie Means for DCEU
Flash forward to now: Warner Bros. is coming back to the stretchy crusader, and has successfully taken on less mainstream properties like Shazam. With a more comedic tone, moviegoers and fans could hope that they are trying to capture the charm and comedy the Plastic Man has been known for, rather than the dark and gritty approach that has plagued Justice League, Batman v Superman, and Man of Steel.
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