DC’s Plastic Man movie is being reworked with a female lead

Fans, however, are not interested in a gender-swapped Plastic Man

DC’s Plastic Man movie is being reworked with a female lead 1

Warner Bros. and DC Films have tapped Cat Vasko (Queen of the Air, Lumberjanes) to rework the script for the Plastic Man movie that was first announced back in December 2018.

Amanda Idoko (The Mayor) penned the original version of the script, and while it’s unclear what elements of that script will be retained, sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the film will now star a female lead. It’s not yet known if the movie will get a new title because of the gender swap.

Plastic Man is being overseen by DC Films head Walter Hamada and Chantal Nong.

Plastic Man in the comics

Created by Jack Cole for Quality Comics in 1941, Plastic Man wasn’t initially a DC character. But when Quality Comics ceased operation in 1956, DC purchased many of its original characters, including Plastic Man. Since then, he has become a cult favorite among fans.

Plastic Man’s true identity is Patrick “Eel” O’Brian, a small-time crook who becomes a cop. During a messed-up heist, Eel is shot and doused with a mysterious chemical. Left for dead by his fellow bandits, he awakens to find himself imbued with the power to shape-shift and stretch his body into almost anything. Following the incident, O’Brian starts to reform and eventually becomes a police officer.

Fan reactions to gender-swapped Plastic Man

The announcement that the first live-action Plastic Man movie will star a female lead was met with negative reactions from fans. Many of them find the gender swap unnecessary, as DC already has Doom Patrol’s Elasti-Girl/Elasti-Woman who has very similar set of superpowers.

Plastic Man wannabes

While no actor is currently attached to star in the female-led Plastic Man movie, a couple of actors had expressed interest in playing the role O’Brian when the project was initially announced two years ago.

“I’ll start stretching now just in case,” tweeted Parks & Recreation and Sonic star Ben Schwartz back in December 2018.

In an interview with ComicBook.com in 2018, Venom and Veep star Reid Scott revealed that he’s eyeing to play Plastic Man “because it’s just so silly and out there.”

“And because he was a thief, he was a pickpocket, he’s got this checkered past, and stuff like that. I tend to like characters that go through some sort of accident,” added the actor. “I’ve always been sort of fascinated by that — I used to love Swamp Thing, and Toxic Avenger, and stuff like that — but Plastic Man was just so frickin’ weird, man. He was cool.”

Plastic Man doesn’t have a release date yet.

Sources: ComicBook.com, The Hollywood Reporter
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