Plastic Man Joins The DC Entertainment Movie Slate

by Erik Amaya


For once, we’ll refrain from any stretchy puns.
Variety reports a film based on the DC Comics character Plastic Man is now in development with writer Amanda Idoko set to draft the screenplay. Created by Jack Cole for Quality Comics in 1941, Plastic Man began his days as a Edward “Eel” O’Brian. The safecracker found himself shot and exposed to chemicals while his gang attempted to rob chemical company. Escaping to a monastery, Eel discovered the chemical entered his body and gave him the ability to stretch his form into any shape he wished. As he recuperated at the monastery, one of the monks took pity on him and encouraged him to give up his life of crime. Soon Plastic Man became a scourge of the criminal element while Eel remained a criminal to gather intel. The character later became a cop and a member of the FBI, abandoning his Eel O’Brian persona after a time.
The quirky character remained part of the Quality stable until their demise in 1957. DC Comics swooped in and bought their character library, integrating Plas into the DC Universe in the late 1960s. He subsequently appeared in animation with 1979’s The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show.
Curiously, Plas is one of two DC Comics character with the ability to stretch their forms. Ralph Dibny, the Elongated Man, was created because editors wanted a character with that power, but failed to remember to Quality Comics purchase a few years prior; leading to Ralph and Plas existing simultaneously in DC continuity
As with most of the DC Entertainment projects, it is unclear how swiftly the film will go into production, but getting films off the ground seems to be a new priority at Warner Bros. and further announcement about the project may come soon.

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