Kevin Smith revealed he wrote a script for a Plastic Man animated project that would have starred a Big Bang Theory alumni. Smith was one of the breakout filmmakers of the independent film scene in the 90s alongside Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Spike Lee. Since the release of his debut film Clerks, Smith has directed some cult classic projects like Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and many more. The director has also dabbled in comics, as he wrote “The Guardian Devil” arc for Daredevil in 1999, and 15 issues of Green Arrow from 2001 to 2002.
Given his extensive comic book knowledge and the fact that many of his films include superhero references, Smith has been attached to a number of superhero projects. Most famously he wrote a script for a failed Superman movie titled Superman Lives in the 90s, which he wanted to star future Batman actor Ben Affleck. He also was attached to write and direct The Green Hornet for years, and recently was set to write a Howard the Duck animated series for Hulu that was scrapped. Howard the Duck was not the only animated project Smith was working on at the time, however, and the director has now shared more details about another superhero he almost brought to the big screen.
During an episode of his podcast Fatman Beyond with co-host Marc Bernardin (via Comicbook.com), Smith revealed that he recently came across a script he had written for an animated Plastic Man movie. Smith had previously been reported to be developing an animated Plastic Man film in 2018, but the filmmaker dropped a detail that was not known: that the character would be voiced by Jim Parsons, who famously played Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory. Smith said:
“I was deep diving into one of my laptops looking for an old photo and I found a script to Plastic Man that I wrote for a Plastic Man cartoon like two years ago or something like that. I completely f-ckin forgot about it and they paid me to write it and then they didn’t do it and it was with um what’s his name from The Big Bang Theory, He was such a good dude, Jim Parsons. What a lovely dude but he was gonna be the voice of Plastic Man. So I looked at the script and I was like ‘Wow man they f-cking paid me to write this and it’s never going to happen.’”
Created by Jack Cole, Plastic Man made his debut in 1941 Police Comics #1 from Quality Comics, and was then acquired by DC Comics in 1966. The comics often were comedic in nature, which has resulted in the character often been pitched as a film reboot. A Plastic Man movie has been considered by the original Matrix trilogy directors, the Wachowskis, who pitched a version of the character with Keanu Reeves in the lead role, and recently by Parks and Recreation star Ben Schwartz, who has campaigned heavily to play the title role in a film. In December 2020, it was reported that Warner Bros. was developing a female-led Plastic Man film, yet no word has been heard on the project since.
Had Smith’s Plastic Man film come to pass, Parson would be the third Big Bang Theory star to voice a DC character. Both Melissa Rauch and Kaley Cuoco have voiced the character of Harley Quinn in Batman and Harley Quinn and the Harley Quinn animated series, respectively. Since Big Bang Theory was produced by Warner Bros. Television, the series often had a great deal of overlap with DC Comics properties, as the characters had dressed up as Justice League and The Flash characters throughout the series run. Given this, it makes sense the studio would want to pair the star of their series with a DC project. While Smith’s Plastic Man movie project appears to be dead, Warner Bros. is set to release DC League of Super-Pets in theaters for summer 2022 and are green-lighting more features for HBO Max, so the Plastic Man animated movie could be an ideal fit for the streaming service sometime in the future.
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