The more we see superhero movies becoming the main form of big budget cinema, the more viewers seem to crave unique twists for different characters as well. That doesn’t mean fans don’t like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but especially with DC, certain shots performed better than others. Sometimes it’s just about having fun. We have seen several films perform better than expected and / or stimulate the audience’s imagination by simply going in unique directions. In the case of a potential Plastic Man movie, a woman-centric take is brewed that may help make it stand out from the crowd. Read on for more …
The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive that extensively describes aspiring writer Cat Vasko on board to write a Plastic Man movie, albeit with a female twist. The movie is still in early development, possibly adding extra life to a second stage DC character. A lot has yet to come together, but that just got more intriguing, especially as Vaskos star is on the rise in the industry.
Here is part of their story:
Blacklisted writer Cat Vasko was hired to work on a feature that would center on DC Comics hero Plastic Man.
The project began two years ago when Amanda Idoko (The Mayor) was hired to write the script for a comedic action-adventure based on the character created in the 1940s.
However, Vasko’s attitude is intended to completely steer the project in a new direction. Sources tell THR that the project, which is in its earliest stages of development, will now be a women-driven vehicle. It is unclear whether this means a title change or not.
Plastic Man was not originally a DC character as it was created by Jack Cole for Quality Comics in 1941. When Quality went down in 1956, DC bought many of the characters, including Plastic Man.
The hero’s real identity is Patrick “Eel” O’Brian, a crook turned for good. During a botched robbery, O’Brian is shot and – if you didn’t know – a mysterious chemical was also doused. Left for dead by his gang, he awakens and is filled with the power to change and stretch his body into almost anything. O’Brian eventually reforms and becomes a cop.
The character has a certain cult status among the comics. He was a member of the Justice League for a while and even had his own cartoon series.
DC-based film production president Walter Hamada and Chantal Nong oversee the studio.
Vasko has made a name for himself and has written strong female stories. She is best known for adapting Queen of the Air, the story of trapeze artist Lillian Leitzel to which Margot Robbie is attached, and for adapting Gin Phillips’ novel Fierce Kingdom. She also worked on an adaptation of Boom! Comic Lumberjanes when it was set up at Fox (the project is currently being developed as an animated series on HBO Max).
Most recently she started an untitled fairy tale project with Olivia Cooke and LaKeith Stanfield at Disney +, which is supposed to turn the classic princess story upside down and offer a modern version.
Stay tuned for more!