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Wonder Twin powers, activate!

Live-action Wonder Twins movie in development for HBO

By Kara Santos Published Feb 15, 2022 12:03 pm

A live-action movie of the Wonder Twins, which will be a part of the DC Extended Universe, is currently in development for HBO Max. 

According to an exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has tapped Adam Sztykiel, who wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Black Adam DC film starring Dwayne Johnson, to write and direct the new project for the shape-shifting super-teens.

The Wonder Twins (Zan and Jayna) are a fictional extraterrestrial twin brother and sister superhero duo who first appeared in Hanna-Barbera’s animated television series The All-New Super Friends Hour, in the late ’70s.

The teen duo can can activate their superpowers by touching hands and saying the phrase "Wonder Twin powers, activate!" 

Jayna can transform into any animal, while Zan can transfuse himself into various forms of water in any state. The pair also have a space monkey sidekick, Gleek, who assists in their crime-fighting activities.

While the characters traditionally became the butt of jokes and memes because of their goofy powers, the twins were ultimately embraced as part of the DCEU’s younger generation of superheroes, later appearing in comics based on the animated series and introduced into the main DC Comics Universe. 

In modern DC comics, the two aliens serve as interns at the Hall of Justice, appearing frequently in comic titles like Justice League and starred in their own limited comic series by Mark Russell and Stephen Byrne.

No plot details have been revealed for the Wonder Twins movie, but as an HBO Max original, it is expected to follow other previously announced original DC movies coming to the service, including Batgirl and Blue Beetle. 

The Wonder Twins have previously made appearances in other DC media geared to younger viewers, including the animated series Teen Titans Go!

They were also featured in the live-action TV series Smallville during the show’s final season, and had a cameo on The CW’s The Flash. Gleek made a brief appearance during the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Arrowverse crossover event.

As reported by THR, Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will produce the upcoming Wonder Twins movie under their Temple Hill banner, the studio behind other films aimed at young adult audiences, including The Twilight Saga and the Maze Runner film series.