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Plastic Man Movie Now In the Works—Or Is It Plastic Woman?

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BY February 11, 2021

With movies like Shazam and Guardians of the Galaxy proving that B (or C…Or F)-list characters can turn into blockbuster successes, the big studios are obviously looking for other potential diamonds in the rough. And Warner Bros and DC might have found their next one: Plastic Man. However, that might not be quite right. As Hollywood Reporter suggests, it looks like we’re getting a Plastic Woman movie, rather than Plastic Man.

Why It Looks Like the Plastic Man Movie Will Switch Genders—and How They Can Do It Better

Plastic-Man Movie, DC Comics, Cat Vasko, Hollywood Reporter, Guardians of the Galaxy, Shazam, Elliot Page, LGBTQ+, transgender, genderfluid That costume is already genderfluid. (Image: DC Comics)

Hollywood Reporter’s main reason for thinking this is that Warner Bros hired Cat Vasko to revamp a previously-shelved project. According to their sources, Warner wants the production to be a “female-led vehicle.” And that’s an interesting decision, not simply because it’s a gender switch, but because, well, it’s kind of a boring switch.

There’s no reason to make a movie with a Plastic Man in a binary gender role. In fact, given the character’s power set, we should really be talking about a genderfluid Plastic Man. Or Woman. Or Plastic Person? Okay, we can work on the name later, but the point is, the character is plastic, and can change and adapt, and be what they want. Also, it’s much more reflective of the world we live in today. With actors like Elliot Page coming out as transgender, there are obviously very talented people outside traditional gender roles studios can hire.

So instead of “he” or “she,” the Plastic Man movie should go for a “they.” And maybe call it The Plastic Warrior. Hmm, too serious. The Plastic Defender. Eh, too weird. The Plastic Crusader. Wait, I think Batman has a trademark on all things “crusader.” We’ll get there. But a genderfluid Plastic Man movie is definitely the way to go.

(Featured Image: DC Comics)

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Roman Colombo finished his MFA in 2010 and now teaches writing and graphic novel literature at various Philadelphia colleges. His first novel, Trading Saints for Sinners, was published in 2014. He's currently working on his next novel and hoping to find an agent soon.


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