August 08, 2013 2:53pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Metal Men' to Make Their 'DC Nation' Debut This Weekend
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.
"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?