We at Plastics News leave no stone unturned in our coverage of the plastics industry. If we have to repeat Plastic Man movie rumors based on something a Hollywood type might have said at a comics convention, we will.
Case in point: Someone posting as Nadalfan said on the DC Cinematic thread on Reddit that writer/producer/actor Kevin Smith recently appeared at a comics show in Calgary and "broke news he wrote a Plastic Man animated movie."
According to Nadalfan, Smith "doesn't know if it will get made at this point but he did say he met with Geoff Johns about it as well recently."
Comic book nerds — who, incidentally, are the best kind of nerds — will recognize Geoff Johns as president and chief creative officer of DC Comics, owners of Plastic Man.
Now, not to cast aspersions on Nadalfan — a fan of tennis and comics? — but don't go rushing down to your local multiplex and look for Plastic Man's name in lights. If this project is real, it likely would be a direct-to-DVD-or-streaming release. DC has had success with that format in recent years.
But, make no mistake, Kevin Smith writing a Plastic Man movie is a match made in pop-cult heaven.
Smith is a geek culture legend as creator of the movies "Clerks," "Mallrats," "Chasing Amy," "Dogma" and "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back." He also hosts the Comic Book Men TV show from his comic shop in New Jersey.
Plastic Man — a superhero created by Jack Cole — has been in and out of the pop culture spotlight for more than 70 years. His biggest exposure likely was in a late 1970s Saturday morning cartoon. In the late 2000s, a Plastic Man script from the Wachowskis — who wrote the Matrix movies — was floating around Hollywood, with Keanu Reeves as its possible star.
Kevin Smith and Plastic Man! Two titanic stars! Together for the first time! The team-up you demanded!
I tweeted Smith this week about his involvement in the project, but haven't heard back. Let's hope he's working on a new draft of Plastic Man: Polywood Nights. (Feel free to use that one, Kevin!)