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'Metal Men' to Make Their 'DC Nation' Debut This Weekend

"Space Ghost Coast to Coast" writers are behind the animated revival of 1960s DC Comics characters, debuting during Cartoon Network's "DC Nation" programming block on Saturday.

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For those disappointed that Warner Bros. opted for Superman vs. Batman as the follow-up to Man of Steel as opposed to sharing the spotlight with some lesser-known DC Comics characters … well, there's always the small screen to offer up some deep DC cuts. As if any proof was needed, a clip of a brand-new Metal Men series has been released ahead of its debut this Saturday on Cartoon Network.

Originally created by Robert Kanigher, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito in 1962's Showcase #37, the animated version of the crime-fighting robot team is the work of Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer, two cartoonists and animation veterans who have worked on Superman: The Animated Series, Space Ghost Coast to Coast and Yo Gabba Gabba! among other projects.

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"There are five shorts, each is a minute and a half or so," Dorkin explained in a blog post. "While the cartoons can be seen in any order -- they're all self-contained -- there is a sort of invisible continuity to them. Sarah and I referred to it as, 'Birth, School, Work, Death,' and I guess 'Destruction' could be slipped in there, along with 'Goofiness.' Mostly goofiness, to be honest."

The Metal Men have a strange place in DC culture. Ostensibly a relatively obscure team, they were one of the concepts to be featured in the high-profile Wednesday Comics project a few years ago and have made appearances in Cartoon Network's earlier Batman: The Brave and the Bold series. Last year, it was even rumored that Barry Sonnenfeld was developing a movie based on the characters at Warner Bros. Could these five short cartoons herald big things for the responsimeter robots?