PLASTIC MAN (Patrick "Eel" O'Brian) was created by Jack Cole and appeared in POLICE COMICS #1 (1941). A street-thug turned superhero after gaining incredible malleable powers, Plastic Man was one of Quality Comics biggest stars. It was his often offbeat, slapstick and humorous adventures that made him such a popular property. So popular that when DC COMICS acquired Quality, Plastic Man was immediately integrated into their stable of superheroes.
Here's a great article that breaks down the back history of Plastic Man in comics and on screen.
A live action adaptation of PLASTIC MAN, by Warner Bros., began development back in the 1990's. In 2003 it was reported that the film making duo of the Wachowski's had written a screenplay, and were actively seeking a December 2009 release date. Rumor was that they were seeking to have Keanu Reeves star in the film. You can read that script here.
Is there room in the DCCU for PLASTIC MAN?
Fast forward to October 2014 and the announcement of DC/WB's upcoming superhero movie slate. There was one property conspicuously missing from the DCCU films lineup, PLASTIC MAN.
What is it about the property that could have caused the company to cool on it? Could it be the rumored "no jokes" edict of WB for the DCCU after the debacle of GREEN LANTERN? Seems fairly possible that the inherent comedic tone and nature of the property might very well have doomed it. With the the serious tone that MAN OF STEEL has seemingly set for the cinematic universe, there may only be enough space for the JOKER, FLASH (and maybe SHAZAM?) to be irreverent and funny on screen with the likes of SUPERMAN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN.
Personally, I think the humorous aspect of the character could very well work within the DCCU. A PLASTIC MAN film, with all if genre bending possibilities, could be a dose of fresh air in what might be a very heavy and serious superhero universe. A good laugh goes a long way.
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