A live action Wonder Twins movie is coming from DC: what took so long?

A live action Wonder Twins movie is coming to HBO Max, written and directed by Adam Sztykiel, who is also doing the upcoming Black Adam movie with The Rock. As someone who watched Super Friends every Saturday in the late 70s and early 80s, I am surprised that it’s taken DC this long to realize the potential of the Wonder Twins. Of course the other superheroes were more glamorous and recognizable, my favorite was Wonder Woman with her invisible jet, but that only makes the Wonder Twins more versatile. Their powers were shapeshifting into things made of ice and an animal like a walrus or elephant, working together to solve problems in inexplicable ways. Jan, the sister, was always an animal while her brother, Zan, became water or ice. Their choices were baffling, “Shape of an Eagle,” “Form of an ice clothes hanger,” but they made it work somehow. They also had a pet money named Gleek. Here’s more from THR:

Warner Bros. is activating the power of the Wonder Twins.

The Burbank-based studio has hired Adam Sztykiel, who worked on the upcoming Black Adam, to write and direct an original live-action feature for HBO Max based on the DC characters.

The project… will be titled Wonder Twins.

The Wonder Twins are a pair of alien siblings named Zan and Jayna. They were imprinted on a generation of television viewers thanks to their introduction on Hanna-Barbera’s The All-New Super Friends Hour as young companions to adult heroes such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. The duo then appeared in the Super Friends comic and, over time, became incorporated into the larger DC universe.

The twins were known for their catchphrase, “Wonder Twin power, activate!” said before Jayna transformed into any animal, while Zan turned into … the many shapes of water. While the characters became the butt of jokes and, in modern times, memes, DC has also attempted to update and scale up the characters, who have also appeared on episodes of Teen Titans Go!, Smallville and The Flash.

[From The Hollywood Reporter via Yahoo!]

THR goes on to report that Sztykiel wrote for Rampage, which was vastly underrated in my opinion, and shows like Scoob!, Due Date and We’re the Millers. I hope this is funny, cute and action-filled.

The Wonder Twins have been overlooked for decades and they’re about to get their due. I will watch this! I have a lot of nostalgia for Super Friends, however watching clips on YouTube has reminded me how weird, retro and campy it was. It’s not like the other shows we watched were normal though. He-Man and She-Ra were also just beyond. (What happened to the He-Man movie?!) That’s not unique to Gen X children’s programming, the stuff my kid watched when he was little was strange as hell too.

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  1. Jezz says:

    The shape of a vicious pterodactyl!!!
    The form of… motel ice.

    • Bettyrose says:

      ^^^^THIS! Wonder Twins are the best! Her: I can be any form of animal! Him: I can be a bucket of water!

      Even in the early 80s as a young kid I was like dayum this girl rocks! I’m so here for this movie.

  2. Dss says:

    Hubby and I have always goofed on the wonder twins. In our version she is always an ice mallet and he is unfortunately always the “red assed baboon”

    • I introduced my Irish husband to the Wonder Twins years ago as they were my favorites and he never saw them. He loved their uselessness as much as i do. And we do the same thing as you and your husband. But we try to find ever more useless things to be. “Wonder twin powers activate! Form of grapefruit knife! Form of gnat!” You have to watch this to the end. It’s my favorite.


  3. Normades says:

    I wonder how they’ll cast this because the wonder twins really look like twins. I suggest willow and jayden smith.

  4. KrystinaJ says:

    NGL, When I heard they were FINALLY doing this, I accidentally scared the crap out of my kid with my scream of happiness, lol

  5. Ariel says:

    All our gen-x kids’ programming was done by people in the 1970s who took a fair amount of drugs, including but not limited to LSD- just a theory.

    HR PufNStuf……
    I LOVED the wonder twins- in fact, i found the Superfriends streaming on HBO Max- and had forgotten the teen helpers that preceded them for a season or two. Gleek.

  6. jferber says:

    I’ve never heard of them, but I will watch this movie. It seems super-cute.