Tuesday, April 18, 2006

X3: Alright Already!! Metal Men???

More X3 stuff coming in from all sides. I really don't care anymore, except for the final trailer, let the movie come already! No more Hype!!! well...just a little...to tide you over....

Links to X3 TV commercials:

An MSN Video "X-Men: The Last Stand Behind-the-Scenes"

Lauren Shuler Donner is as much of a "mixed bag" as an producer in Hollywood. She helped make "X-Men" and "X2". She helped turn John Constantine into a stale ripoff of Neo. She produced "Ladyhawke", "Any Given Sunday", "Pretty in Pink" and "Bulworth." She produced "St. Elmo's Fire", "Just Married", "Assassins" and all three "Free Willy" movies. She is married to the man who directed Superman. Did I mention she ruined John Constantine? She has done both good and evil in her day....

X-Men! Metal Men!

Lauren Shuler Donner is "MEN" Crazy!

She discusses the X-Men Franchise
with Superherohype's Heather Newgen:
(Here's the story, check it out HERE!)

Lauren Shuler Donner has served as producer on all three "X-Men" films and ComingSoon.net/SuperheroHype.com caught up with the prolific movie creator recently. She wouldn't give up any info to the X-Men: The Last Stand, but did say, "It's a really good movie. It's the best of the three. I can only tell you that. I think it's going to be huge. I am thrilled with it. Just thrilled with it." (Translation: It's done, good or bad. They said the same thing about Catwoman. No producer says "I'm really unhappy and it's a disgrace. Don't spend you money on it!")

As far as more "X-Men" films she said she hopes it happens. "Our original goal was to have like 'Star Wars', 'X-Men' 7, 8, 9 and 10 because there are certainly enough comics out there. And of course to have spin-offs. It would be nice as we incorporated new characters into each movie if they could continue to move on." (Translation: Our original goal was to make X-Men. It made money. Then our new original goal was to make X2. After X2 went well, we changed the original goal to making three movies. That is our new original goal, unless this one makes a lot of cash, then we will create a newer original goal. It will probably involve more movies.)

Speaking of spin-offs, Donner did confirm Wolverine is in the works and wouldn't say if a director is attached yet or if other characters from "X-Men" would appear in the film.
But, the industrious producer did tell us she's trying to develop another comic book into a movie.

"It's a DC comic. It's for Warner [Brothers]. It's 'Metal Men' which is much more like 'Men in Black'. It's miles away from 'X-Men'. It's lighter and it's fun. A lot of CGI. That would be fun for me to try a whole did kind of comic." (more on that below)

So what is it about X-Men that she loves so much?

"The 'X-Men' franchise is so far above everybody," (Translation: "F*ck you Brian Singer!!") Shuler Donner said. "The characters are psychologically developed for all those years as compared to some of these other comics. (Translation: "F*ck you Superman!!") It's so hard to tell a comic book story. Especially the first one. The origins, because you actually have to speak to the non fans. You have to explain the world and the good guys and bad guys. What's the overall story? They're very hard. I tend to go no, no, no, no and stick within the X-Men world and I have another one we're developing too. It's like anything. There's a lot of scripts out there but there's only a few good ones." (yeah like Watchman, Give Me Liberty, Powers, Alias {the Marvel comic book}, Black Panther, Green Lantern, StarMan, SandMan, Top Ten, Maus, Hate, The Unknown Soldier, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and The Maxx, off the top of my mind!)

So Lauren Shuler Donner is doing "Metal Men?" At least she can't ruin that like she did Constantine, huh? Let's wiki the "Metal Men", DC's answer to Gumby..... HERE!

The Metal Men are a team of robot superheroes created by writer Robert Kanigher, pencilled by Ross Andru and inked by Mike Esposito for DC Comics in 1962. They made their first appearance in Showcase #37 as part of a four-issue series created as a last-minute filler feature. They proved unexpectedly popular and the characters were revived for more stories under their own title.

The Metal Men were presented as advanced artificially intelligent robots, created by scientist Dr. Will Magnus. "Doc" Magnus states that their intelligence and personalities are generated by devices called "responsometers", and they mirror characteristics commonly associated with various metals. We learn later that this is a partial truth.
The team consisted of their field leader Gold, strong man Iron, slow-witted loyal Lead, self-doubting and insecure Tin, hot-headed Mercury, and Platinum, or Tina, who thought she was a real woman rather than a robot and was, in a Pygmalion twist, in love with creator Doc Magnus. Tin later kit-built himself a girlfriend whom he called "Nameless" who shared some adventures.

The Metal Men's main foes included Chemo (a mobile plastic giant filled with various lethal chemicals), the robotic alien Missile Men, the Gas Gang, and other mechanical menaces such as a robotic T-Rex, robo-centaur, the Dazzler, and nefarious amusement park rides. On several occasions Doc made new robots of different metals such as Uranium, Silver, Cobalt, Chromium, and others, including counterpart "boyfriend and girlfriend" robots. The new robots always went to the scrap heap. The Metal Men also had many adventures on other planets, usually meeting robot menaces.


Chip Chief said...

i never understood that quote about x-men being like star wars. did i miss something? episodes 7, 8 9, 10? when did those come out. anyways, not to knock fox, but there is no way they won't jump on the chance for an x4 if it looks like it would be bankable regardless off whether there is more story to tell or not. they are not known for artistic integrity.

Stuff Daddy said...

At this point I just want to see it... Is this the end? I wrote my predictions here... http://stuffdaddy.blogspot.com/2006/02/what-does-last-stand-mean.html Let me know what you think!