The character of John Henry Irons — the hero referred to as Metal within the DC Universe — has been hardly ever current within the final decade or so. He has made transient appearances in each the New 52 and Rebirth eras, however has not had his personal ongoing sequence because the mid-’90s, and has not been a constant member of the Justice League since earlier than DC’s 2011 relaunch. Throughout a recent appearance on The Movie Rescue Podcast, the character’s co-creator Jon Bogdanove, who drew Superman: The Man of Metal within the ’90s and supplied covers for a lot of the Metal ongoing sequence of the ’90s, mentioned that he want to see the character present up extra.
Bogdanove famous that almost all superheroes are archetypes, and each DC and Marvel are likely to steal each other’s archetypes backwards and forwards — however that with out anyone like Metal entrance and middle, DC doesn’t have an Iron Man parallel. He added that he thought Black Panther scribe and best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates can be an amazing option to do it.
“Ta-Nehisi Coates can be nice,” Bogdanove mentioned, noting that whereas he would like to revisit the character with co-creator Louise Simonson, it’s most likely a good suggestion to let an individual of colour have their say. “I don’t know if that’s a get they may presumably get, however I believe we might get take there.”
Bogdanove, who joked that the Metal film supplied he and Simonson with a 40-cent royalty verify each few months, mentioned that his concept that DC wants anyone like Iron Man has by no means gone away.
“I nonetheless assume that the thought of a home-made Iron Man,” Bogdanove mentioned. “DC already has a billionaire superhero, so we don’t must chase Tony Stark; we now have Bruce Wayne. However the concept of a man who retires from the Institution, leaves the Institution, and simply because he’s so sensible, on a shoestring, he’s in a position to turn out to be a form of DIY Iron Man. I believe it’s good to have a man who does it, not with inherited wealth, however along with his brains.”
He additionally added that Metal’s recognition with followers make him a good selection to have round in order that DC can have a extra numerous Justice League lineup with out attracting claims that they’re participating in performative variety.
“There are issues which can be problematic from a political standpoint with Cyborg,” Bogdanove argued, referencing the character who has been a staple on the Justice League since 2011. “In case your token Black character, his physique is mutilated, there are issues uncomfortable about that from a contemporary perspective that most likely weren’t as noticeable in 1980.”