Doom Patrol (TV series)

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Doom Patrol
Doom Patrol logo.jpg
Genre
Based on
Developed byJeremy Carver
Starring
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes1 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Georgia
CinematographyChristopher Manley
Editor(s)
  • Harry Jierjian
  • Brian Wessel
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkDC Universe
Original releaseFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related showsTitans
External links
Official website

Doom Patrol is an American web television series based on the DC Comics superhero team Doom Patrol created by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney, and Bruno Premiani that premiered on February 15, 2019 and consists of 15 episodes, on DC Universe. It is a spin-off of Titans, with April Bowlby, Brendan Fraser and Matt Bomer reprising their roles. Filming began in Georgia in late August 2018.

Premise[edit]

Set after the events of Titans, the Doom Patrol – consisting of Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman, Crazy Jane and new recruit Cyborg led by Dr. Niles Caulder – receive a mission to stop the supernatural supervillain known as Mr. Nobody from taking over the world.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Diane Guerrero as "Crazy" Jane: A member of the Doom Patrol with 64 distinct personalities, each displaying a different super power.[1]
  • April Bowlby as Rita Farr / Elasti-Woman: A member of the Doom Patrol and former actress, who developed the power to stretch, shrink and grow after being exposed to a toxic gas.[2]
  • Alan Tudyk as Eric Morden / Mr. Nobody: A living shadow able to drain the sanity of others after being experimented on by ex-Nazis in post-war Paraguay.[3]
  • Matt Bomer and Matthew Zuk as Larry Trainor / Negative Man: A member of the Doom Patrol and former pilot, who crashed into negative energy and is now wrapped in bandages from head to toe. Bomer voices the character and appears as Trainor in flashbacks, while Zuk physically portrays Negative Man.[4]
  • Brendan Fraser and Riley Shanahan as Clifford "Cliff" Steele / Robotman: A member of the Doom Patrol and former NASCAR racer whose brain was transplanted into a robotic body after an accident destroyed his own. Fraser voices the character and appears as Steele in flashbacks, while Shanahan physically portrays Robotman.[5]

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [9]Prod.
code
1"Pilot"Glen WinterJeremy CarverFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)T50.10101
In Paraguay 1948, Eric Morden takes part in an experiment run by former Nazi scientists which transforms him into a metahuman. In Florida 1988, NASCAR driver Clifford Steele is caught in a car crash, but is saved by Dr. Niles Caulder, who transfers his brain into a robotic body seven years later. Steele also meets Larry Trainor, a former United States Air Force test pilot who was exposed to negative energy in 1961, and Rita Farr, a former Olympic swimmer and actress who fell into a river while filming in South Africa and was exposed to a toxin that turned her into plastic. As the years pass by, the group have lived together in "Doom Manor" and have recruited Jane, a woman with 64 personalities who people call "Crazy Jane". Jane, Cliff, Larry and Rita head into town while Caulder is gone. Rita turns elastic, but Cliff saves Rita and stops her from destroying a school bus, resulting in Caulder's disappointment. When Caulder warns them about an enemy due to their actions, he, Jane, Rita and Larry leave, but they change their minds to help Cliff battle the enemy - a donkey. Meanwhile, Caulder is confronted by Morden, who causes an enormous, object-swallowing vortex to open up in front of the team.
2"Donkey Patrol"[10]TBATBAFebruary 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)TBA

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On February 10, 2018, Titans co-creator and executive producer Geoff Johns revealed that the fourth episode of the series, titled "Doom Patrol" and written by himself, would introduce the Doom Patrol team.[11] On May 14, 2018, it was announced that DC Universe had given a spin-off of Titans, featuring the Doom Patrol characters, a series order for a first season consisting of thirteen episodes and set to premiere in 2019. Jeremy Carver is expected to write the series and executive produce alongside Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter. Production companies involved with the series are set to include Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.[12][13][14]

Casting[edit]

In February 2018, it was announced that various actors had been cast as members of Doom Patrol for guest appearances in Titans, with the potential to recur, including Bruno Bichir as Niles Caulder / Chief,[15] April Bowlby as Rita Farr / Elasti-Woman,[16][2] Brendan Fraser and Jake Michaels as Cliff Steele / Robotman,[17] also, Matt Bomer and Dwain Murphy as Larry Trainor / Negative Man.[18]

In July 2018, it was announced that Bowlby, Fraser and Bomer would star in Doom Patrol, reprising their roles from Titans, and that Diane Guerrero had been cast as Crazy Jane.[2][1] In August 2018, Joivan Wade was cast as Victor Stone / Cyborg,[19] Alan Tudyk was cast as Eric Morden / Mr. Nobody,[3] and Riley Shanahan was cast to replace Michaels as Cliff Steele / Robotman, with Fraser voicing the character and appearing as Steele in flashbacks, while Shanahan physically portrays Robotman.[5] The next month, Timothy Dalton was cast as Niles Caulder / Chief, replacing Bichir,[6] and in October 2018, Matthew Zuk was cast to replace Murphy as Larry Trainor / Negative Man. Similarly to Robotman, Trainor is voiced and portrayed by Bomer in flashbacks, with Zuk physically portraying Negative Man.[4]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series began on August 30, 2018, in Olde Town Conyers, Georgia.[20] Filming continued in Georgia throughout September 2018, in Lawrenceville and at Briarcliff Mansion.[21]

Release[edit]

Doom Patrol premiered on DC Universe on February 15, 2019,[22] with episodes releasing until May 24, 2019.[23][9] The series is set to consist of 15 episodes.[9]

Reception[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds "Certified Fresh" 93% approval rating based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 7.91/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "DC Universe finds breakout material in this iteration of Doom Patrol thanks to a fully committed cast and the writing's faith in weirdness."[24] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 69 out of 100 based on 9 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (July 30, 2018). "'Orange Is the New Black' Star Diane Guerrero Joins 'Doom Patrol' Series at DC Universe". Variety. Archived from the original on July 31, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (July 13, 2018). "'Doom Patrol': April Bowlby To Play Elasti-Woman In DC Universe Live-Action Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 13, 2018. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 31, 2018). "'Doom Patrol': Alan Tudyk Cast As Mr. Nobody In DC Universe TV Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on August 31, 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (October 3, 2018). "'Doom Patrol': Matt Bomer To Star As Negative Man In DC Universe TV Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 4, 2018. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 21, 2018). "'Doom Patrol': Brendan Fraser To Star As Robotman In DC Universe TV Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on August 22, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (September 5, 2018). "'Doom Patrol': Timothy Dalton To Star As The Chief In DC Universe TV Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 5, 2018. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
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  11. ^ Romano, Nick (February 10, 2018). "Titans producer confirms The Doom Patrol for live-action series". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on July 10, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (May 14, 2018). "'Doom Patrol' Live-Action Drama Series from Greg Berlanti Greenlighted by DC Universe". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 14, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  13. ^ Otterson, Joe (May 14, 2018). "DC Universe Orders Live-Action 'Doom Patrol' Series With Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns Producing". Variety. Archived from the original on May 14, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 14, 2018). "'Doom Patrol' Live-Action Series From Greg Berlanti Set at DC Digital Service". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 15, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (February 15, 2018). "Titans: Bruno Bichir Cast As The Chief In DC Live-Action Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 16, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  16. ^ Abrams, Natalie (February 20, 2018). "Titans casts Drop Dead Diva star as Elasti-Girl". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  17. ^ Burlingame, Russ (February 22, 2018). "Titans Casts the Doom Patrol's Robotman". Comicbook.com. Archived from the original on February 23, 2018. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  18. ^ Cecchini, Mike (February 28, 2018). "Titans TV Series Doom Patrol Adds Negative Man (Exclusive)". Den of Geek. Archived from the original on March 1, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  19. ^ Petski, Denise (August 9, 2018). "'Doom Patrol': Joivan Wade To Star as Cyborg In DC Universe Live-Action Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  20. ^ Standford, Larry (August 31, 2018). "Filming returns to Olde Town with 'Doom Patrol'". The Rockdale Citizen. Archived from the original on September 4, 2018. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  21. ^ Walljasper, Matt (September 27, 2018). "What's filming in Atlanta now? Sextuplets, Doom Patrol, Avengers 4 (again), and more". Atlanta. Archived from the original on October 1, 2018. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  22. ^ Salkowitz, Rob (December 21, 2018). "DC Universe's Live Action 'Doom Patrol' Gets Premiere Date". Forbes. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  23. ^ Ridgely, Charlie (October 4, 2018). "DC Universe Originals Release Schedule Revealed". Comicbook.com. Archived from the original on October 13, 2018. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  24. ^ "Doom Patrol: Season 1 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  25. ^ "Doom Patrol: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 15, 2019.

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