Cast Party: Who Should Star In A ‘Metamorpho’ Movie?
Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist. This week, I'm turning to the best DC comic of the SIlver Age, Metamorpho, created by Bob Haney and Ramona Fradon.
Metamorpho is the story of Rex Mason, a globe-trotting adventurer who is transformed into a freakish "element man," able to twist and transform himself on an atomic level, but unable to be fully human anymore. His girlfriend Sapphire loves him but is a little iffy on the whole element man thing, while her father Simon Stagg is a mad scientist with an unfrozen caveman bodyguard and no ethics whatsoever.
Stagg will be the real villain of the movie, but it'll take a while for Rex to realize that, and even longer for Sapphire to believe it, so there will be some more overt villains like Stingaree and the Thunderer along the way. We'll also meet Element Girl, a woman who's been through the same transformation as Rex, which may make her a better match for him than Sapphire these days.
While this set-up obviously has some pathos in it, it's also got plenty of humor and absurdity. That's what makes the comic so great, and it's definitely something we want to keep in the movie. Bright colors, weird transformations, and big fights with plenty of one-liners should be the order of the day. Get Shane Black on it if he's not too busy.