Doom Patrol (TV series)
|Developed by||Jeremy Carver|
|Narrated by||Alan Tudyk|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||15 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||45–60 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network||DC Universe|
|Original release||February 15, 2019 –|
Doom Patrol is an American web television series based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name that premiered on February 15, 2019, on DC Universe. It is a separate spin-off of Titans, with April Bowlby, Brendan Fraser, and Matt Bomer reprising their roles, as well as Diane Guerrero, Alan Tudyk, Joivan Wade and Timothy Dalton joining the cast. Filming began in Georgia in late August 2018, and the first season consists of 15 episodes.
The show follows Cliff Steele/Robotman, Rita Farr, Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Kay Challis/Jane as they are called into action by Victor Stone/Cyborg when their mentor Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief is kidnapped by the supernatural super-villain known as Mr. Nobody.
Cast and characters
- Diane Guerrero as Kay Challis/Crazy Jane: A member of the Doom Patrol with 64 distinct personalities, each displaying a different super power. Skye Roberts plays a young Kay in flashbacks. Some of Jane's personalities include Hammerhead (an aggressive woman portrayed by Stephanie Czajkowski), Pretty Polly (a woman named after the eponymous song portrayed by Hannah Alline), Penny Farthing (a cockney woman portrayed by Anna Lore), Silver Tongue (a woman whose vocalizations are used as a weapon and is portrayed by Chelsea Alana Rivera), Lucy Fugue (a woman with electrokinesis portrayed by Tara Lee), The Secretary (a pessimistic woman portrayed by Jackie Goldston), The Weird Sisters (a 3-in-one personality portrayed by Monica Louwerens), Miranda (a former primary personality of school-age portrayed by Leela Owen), Black Annis (a personality aggressive to men portrayed by Helen Abell) and Dr. Harrison (a woman who can persuade anyone to do anything she wants).
- 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 liquid.
- Joivan Wade as Victor "Vic" Stone/Cyborg: A half-human, half-machine superhero, struggling with his duality, who calls the Doom Patrol into action.
- 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. He also tends to break the fourth wall and narrate at certain points.
- 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 and his present day burnt body, while Zuk physically portrays Negative Man when wrapped in bandages.
- 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.
- Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief: The leader of the Doom Patrol and a leading doctor in medical science who specializes in finding those in need who are "on the edge of death in need of a miracle". Dalton is listed amongst the main cast but credited as special appearance.
- Julie McNiven as Sheryl Trainor, Larry's wife and the mother of his children
- Kyle Clements as John Bowers, Larry's secret lover who also served in the Air Force. Tom Fitzpatrick portrays the character as an old man in the present.
- Phil Morris as Silas Stone, Victor's father and a scientist who rebuilt him as a cyborg
- Curtis Armstrong as the voice of Ezekiel the Cockroach, a talking doomsday prophet cockroach
- Alec Mapa as Steve Larson/Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man, a tourist who undergoes Von Fuchs' enhancement procedure and is turned into a mismatched fusion of animal, vegetable and mineral
- Charmin Lee as Elinore Stone, Victor's mother and Silas's wife
- Alimi Ballard as Joshua Clay, a metahuman caretaker of the original Doom Patrol which he was an original member of
- Tommy Snider as Ernest Franklin/Beard Hunter, a metahuman villain who targets bearded men.
- Jon Briddell as Darren Jones, an agent of the Bureau of Normalcy, an organization which once experimented on Larry after his accident
- Devan Chandler Long as Flex Mentallo, a metahuman superhero that can alter reality by flexing his muscles
- Julian Richings as Sturmbannführer Heinrich Von Fuchs, the Nazi scientist whose experiments changed Morden into Mr. Nobody
- Katie Gunderson as Kate Steele, Cliff's wife
- Alan Heckner as Bump Weathers, one of Cliff's pit crew who has an affair with Kate, and later raises Clara after she is orphaned
- Chantelle Barry as the voice of Baphomet, an oracle in the form of a female horse.
- Mark Sheppard as Willoughby Kipling, an occult detective, chaos magician and member of the Knights Templar
- Lilli Birdsell as Mother Archon, Elliot's mother and the high priestess of the lost city of Nurnheim
- Ted Sutherland as Elliot Patterson, an 18-year old man who is the key to the Cult of the Unwritten Book's attempt to summon the Decreator, an interdimensional entity who will destroy the world
- Will Kemp and Dave Bielawski as Steve Dayton/Mento, leader of the original Doom Patrol. Kemp does the younger Mento and Bielawski does the older Mento.
- Jasmine Kaur and Madhur Jaffrey as Arani Desai/Celsius, a member of the original Doom Patrol. Kaur portrays the younger Celsius while Jaffrey portrays the older Celsius.
- Dennis Cockrum as Sydney Bloom, a film producer of Bloom Studios who Rita tries to get cast in one of his upcoming movies
- Lesa Wilson as Rhea Jones/Lodestone, a member of the original Doom Patrol
- Alan Mingo Jr. as Morris Wilson/Maura Lee Karupt, a former agent of the Bureau of Normalcy-turned-crossdressing cabaret singer on Danny the Street.
- Pisay Pao as Slava, an immortal primitive woman with whom Niles falls in love.
- Bethany Anne Lind as Clara Steele, Cliff's daughter who survived a fatal accident in 1988, and was believed to be the only survivor of her family. Sydney Kowalske plays a younger Clara Steele in flashbacks.
- David A. MacDonald as Daddy, Jane's sexually abusive father.
- Haley Strode and Susan Williams as Dolores Mentallo, Flex's wife. Strode plays the younger Dolores while Williams plays the older Dolores.
- Ed Asner as a hospital patient, an old man who is actually Mr. Nobody in disguise.
- Victoria Blade as Millie, Eric Morden's ex-girlfriend.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date ||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Glen Winter||Jeremy Carver||February 15, 2019||T50.10101|
|In Paraguay 1948, third-rate criminal Mr. Eric Morden takes part in an experiment run by former Nazi scientist Heinrich Von Fuchs that 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 Cliff's brain into a robotic body seven years later. Also living with Caulder are Rita Farr, a 1950s actress who was exposed to a toxin while filming that turned her into plastic, and Larry Trainor, a former United States Air Force test pilot who was exposed to negative energy in the early 1960s. In the present, the group have lived together for many years in "Doom Manor" with Jane, a young woman with 64 super-powered personalities. Jane convinces the others to go into the nearby town of Cloverton, Ohio while Caulder is away. Rita becomes upset and turns elastic, unintentionally wreaking havoc until Cliff stops her. Caulder urges them to flee with him, as their actions will attract the enemies he has been hiding from. He, Jane, Rita, and Larry leave, but they return to help Cliff protect Cloverton. Caulder is confronted by Morden, who opens a vortex in front of the team.|
|2||"Donkey Patrol"||Dermott Downs||Neil Reynolds & Shoshana Sachi||February 22, 2019||T50.10102|
|Morden takes Caulder into the vortex, and Jane follows, after which the vortex devours Cloverton. Realizing the futility of trying to live in the regular world, Rita retires to the Manor to wait for Caulder's return, and Larry tries to leave town, but the negative energy being inside him will not let him. Victor "Vic" Stone, a half-man, half-machine friend of Caulder's as well as Detroit's well known superhero Cyborg, sees news footage of Cloverton's destruction, and travels there to investigate. Morden's donkey spits out Jane. Back at Doom Manor, Cliff is unable to interrogate Jane about her experience because she is cycling through her personalities. As Cliff learns about Jane's condition, Vic triggers one of her violent personalities and she attacks him and Cliff. Rita begrudgingly agrees to go into the gateway via the donkey's mouth, and Larry and Vic are sucked in as well. On the other side, Morden tortures them with fantasies to thwart their search for Caulder, but Larry's energy being intervenes and the team, as well as the entire town of Cloverton, are spit back out. Vic's father Silas asks him to come home, but Vic refuses and decides to join the team.|
|3||"Puppet Patrol"||Rachel Talalay||Tamara Becher-Wilkinson & Tom Farrell||March 1, 2019||T50.10103|
|Vic goads the others into a road trip to Paraguay, hoping that by learning what happened there in 1948 they can find Caulder. While trying to gain some control over the negative energy being, Larry recalls his estrangement from his wife Cheryl and lover John Bowers after his accident. The team discovers that Caulder was present when Von Fuchs changed Morden into Mr. Nobody, and that Von Fuchs is still alive, only to be killed by one of Jane's personalities. They return to Doom Manor on a jet provided by Silas. At Fuchtopia, a man named Steve undergoes Von Fuchs's enhancement procedure and is transformed into a metahuman.|
|4||"Cult Patrol"||Stefan Pleszczynski||Marcus Dalzine & Chris Dingess||March 8, 2019||T50.10104|
|Occult detective Willoughby Kipling comes to Doom Manor seeking Caulder's assistance to prevent the end of the world, only to find him gone, so he convinces the team to help him instead. Guided by Kipling, they abduct a tattooed, 18-year-old man named Elliott who is the key to the Cult of the Unwritten Book's attempt to summon the Decreator, an interdimensional entity who will destroy the world. Kipling sends Cliff and Jane to a priest whose stigmata are a gateway to the lost city of Nurnheim, but before Jane can sew the wounds closed, she and Cliff are drawn through the gate and captured. The high priestess of Nurnheim sends otherworldly assassins to retrieve Elliott, and Vic, Larry, Kipling, and Rita are unable to stop them. The cult begins the ritual, and a giant glowing eye appears in the sky.|
|5||"Paw Patrol"||Larry Teng||Shoshana Sachi||March 15, 2019||T50.10105|
|Mr. Nobody releases Caulder from captivity so the two can work together to stop the Decreator. Mr. Nobody travels to 1977 and uses one of Jane's personalities, Dr. Harrison (whose power is persuasion), to create a Cult of the Rewritten Book, which will create a counterpart to Elliot that can oppose the Decreator. Back in the present, Cliff and present day Jane escape Nurnheim with instructions left by Dr. Harrison. Meanwhile, Caulder, Kipling, Vic, and Larry find Elliot's counterpart, a dog, which Kipling uses to summon the Recreator, who brings back everything previously disintegrated by the Decreator. Just before Caulder leaves, Mr. Nobody freezes time and self-destructs Vic's arm cannon. In the past, Caulder rescues Jane from a mental institution in which she was being tortured, and promises to keep her safe. Unbeknownst to Caulder, Mr. Nobody tells Jane to find the Doom Patrol.|
|6||"Doom Patrol Patrol"||Christopher Manley||Tamara Becher-Wilkinson||March 22, 2019||T50.10106|
|Victor's father Silas arrives to repair him. Jane's investigation leads her, Larry, and Rita to an old superhero team called the Doom Patrol; consisting of Steve Dayton / Mento, a millionaire with psychic powers whom Rita dated in 1955; Arani, a woman with elemental control of fire and ice who claims to be Caulder's wife; Rhea, a woman with electromagnetic abilities; and Joshua Clay, a man who fires kinetic energy blasts. The current team learns that Caulder assembled and led the original Doom Patrol, but they disbanded after being defeated by Mr. Nobody. Steve, Arani, and Rhea are also revealed to be old and mentally ill, with Joshua as their caretaker. A medicated Steve has projected an illusion that they are young and running a school for super-powered children. He subjects Jane, Larry, and Rita to delusions of painful events from their pasts before Rita is able to calm him down. Meanwhile, back at Doom Manor, Vic hacks into Cliff's daughter's social media account for him after Cliff discovers that she survived the crash that destroyed his body and killed his wife.|
|7||"Therapy Patrol"||Rob Hardy||Neil Reynolds||March 29, 2019||T50.10107|
|The team struggles with their personal demons. Rita struggles to figure out her true identity. Larry's energy spirit forces him to revisit his affair with John. Vic discovers that online dating is difficult for Cyborg. Jane struggles to connect with her personalities. Cliff confronts his daughter's adoptive father Bump, only to realize the scenario is a hallucination. Cliff decides the team needs a group therapy session, and they reluctantly begin to share in turn: Rita is having an identity crisis, Larry is lonely and laments pushing John away after the accident, and Vic blames himself for his mother's death. Cliff and Jane hurt each other's feelings, and Cliff has a breakdown caused by Admiral Whiskers, a rat convinced by Mr. Nobody to seek revenge against the team, who caused his mother's death.|
|8||"Danny Patrol"||Dermott Downs||Tom Farrell||April 5, 2019||T50.10108|
|Cliff and Rita seek out Jane, who is under the control of Karen, a perky but unstable personality with the power to make people love her. In their search for Caulder, Larry and Vic come across a sentient, genderqueer, teleporting street named Danny, which is being hunted by the Bureau of Normalcy. Larry remembers his own experience with the Bureau, which experimented on him in the 1960s after his accident and gave him the first glimpse of his negative energy spirit. Former Bureau agent Morris Wilson has become a drag queen named Maura Lee Karupt who helps keep Danny going by sustaining a party atmosphere. She faces off with her former partner, Agent Darren Johnson, to stop the Bureau's persecution of Danny. Jane and Karen fight for control of her mind, but soon Jane snaps, leaving her catatonic while her consciousness is dragged into the Underground.|
|9||"Jane Patrol"||Harry Jierjian||Marcus Dalzine||April 12, 2019||T50.10109|
|A catatonic Jane is confronted by her many other personalities in the Underground, who want her to restore order and resume being the dominant personality. With the help of Driver 8, Jane chooses to remain catatonic and try to figure out what is wrong with her. Back in Doom Manor, the team argues about how to help Jane until Larry's negative spirit sends Cliff's consciousness into the Underground. He is soon subdued by two of Jane's aggressive personalities, Hammerhead and Driller Bill, and locked in a cell next to Karen. She is let go, and Penny Farthing leads Cliff through Jane's memories. Cliff and Jane face her biggest fear, revealed to be Jane's abusive father, who appears as a giant monster made of puzzle pieces. Jane's cathartic rage destroys him, and she and Cliff leave the Underground. Jane awakens in Doom Manor.|
|10||"Hair Patrol"||Salli Richardson-Whitfield||Eric Dietel||April 19, 2019||T50.10110|
|The Bureau of Normalcy tasks The Beard Hunter to locate Caulder. In 1913, Caulder and his partner Alistair are investigating a strange creature for The Bureau of Oddities. Alistair is seemingly killed by wolves. Caulder breaks his leg while fleeing, and is rescued by a primitive woman named Slava. Caulder falls in love with her, and discovers that she is immortal and controls the creature. Caulder stays with Slava for years, but Alistair reappears and says that the Bureau of Oddities is now the Bureau of Normalcy, with the new mission of killing any oddities they find, including Slava. Caulder kills Alistair to save Slava, and returns to the Bureau claiming she does not exist. In the present, Mr. Nobody offers Caulder the chance to save the team and be released if he reveals Slava's location, but Caulder adamantly refuses. The Beard Hunter infiltrates Doom Manor and consumes some of Caulder's facial hair from the sink drain as means to track him. Vic and Rita find and interrogate him, but he is able to get free and overpower Vic. Later, The Beard Hunter tracks down an effigy of Caulder, and Slava's creature appears and attacks him.|
|11||"Frances Patrol"||Wayne Yip||April Fitzsimmons||April 26, 2019||T50.10111|
|The team faces their shortcomings. Jane laments that they are unable to save Caulder. Cliff, accompanied by Rita, arrives at Bump's memorial service to reconnect with his daughter Clara. There, Cliff realizes how important Clara's adoptive father had been to her while he was gone and decides to affirm his love by retrieving a watch, treasured by Clara, from Frances, the massive alligator that killed Bump. Larry and John revisit their love affair through a shared dreamscape, as the negative spirit pushes Larry to reconcile with an aged John in the real world. Vic worries about his cybernetics' operating system Grid, over which he seems to be losing control as the cybernetics are slowly expanding throughout his body. Following the clue previously left behind by Danny the Street, Vic and Jane pursue a man called the "Hero of the Beach" who goes by the name of Flex Mentallo. Vic is captured by the Bureau of Normalcy during the search.|
|12||"Cyborg Patrol"||Carol Banker||Robert Berens & Shoshana Sachi||May 3, 2019||T50.10112|
|Silas arrives looking for a missing Vic, who the team soon realizes has been taken by the Bureau of Normalcy. Determining that Vic is being held at the Ant Farm, Silas devises a plan to rescue him, and enlists the others to help. At the facility, Vic is tortured and Grid reboots twice, further disorienting him. Silas and the team infiltrate the Ant Farm with Jane and Larry posing as agents of the Bureau bringing in Cliff as a prisoner. Darren and his team surround and subdue the team with specialized weapons, Silas having tipped them off in exchange for access to his son. Vic is furious at what Silas has done, but Silas's "betrayal" is part of the rescue plan. Rita, who has been hiding in her elastic form inside Cliff, sets him and then Larry free. Karen emerges in Jane, and uses her power to escape before Jane reemerges. They free all of the Bureau's other prisoners, creating enough chaos for them to flee. Silas and a confused Vic argue, and Vic beats his father senseless. Mr. Nobody appears, having orchestrated Grid's reboots, and taunts Vic that he has just killed his own father.|
|13||"Flex Patrol"||T.J. Scott||Tom Farrell & Tamara Becher-Wilkinson||May 10, 2019||T50.10113|
|The team returns home with Flex Mentallo, who is suffering from memory loss. Silas is alive but in critical condition. In 1964, Flex is captured by the Bureau of Normalcy. Larry has a chance to help him escape, but is too afraid of the consequences. Flex is continually tortured but resists cooperating, until the Bureau threatens to harm his wife. In the present, Cliff, Jane, and Larry try to restore Flex' memories and abilities, eventually deciding to reunite Flex and his wife. When Dolores disintegrates in front of him during their reunion, Flex unleashes his powers in his agony, causing an electrical outage over a large region. Rita deals with her guilt over the suicide of a young actress who conceived a baby with a film producer after Rita arranged their meeting, and was left alone to care for it. With Rita's support, Cyborg decides to reinstall Grid, stay with his injured father, and leave the team. Larry decides to give a new chance at life to the negative spirit and releases it, but he is left slowly dying in the process. The negative spirit, however, returns to Larry. Mr. Nobody acknowledges that the team is ready to face him.|
|14||"Penultimate Patrol"||Rebecca Rodriguez||Chris Dingess||May 17, 2019||T50.10114|
|In 1946, Morden's girlfriend Millie leaves him after he is fired from the Brotherhood of Evil, calling him a nobody. In the present, the team's search for the Beard Hunter brings them to Danny the Street. Though afraid of Mr. Nobody, Danny reveals that Caulder is being held in a dimension called "the White Space". Vic apologizes to a recovering Silas for his attack, but Silas confesses that he altered Vic's memories of his accident. Vic's mother also survived the explosion, but Silas could only save one of them, and chose Vic. Flex transports the team to the White Space, where they each find themselves reliving the day their respective tragedies occur. Mr. Nobody offers to let them live out their lives differently if they give up their search for Caulder. They refuse, and Vic shows up and atomizes the villain. A year later, the team has become the next Doom Patrol, but they are caught in a time loop in which they keep dying. Mr. Nobody reveals this to be an illusion, and that they are all still in the White Space. He coerces Caulder to reveal the secret that Caulder is responsible for the events which gave each of them their powers.|
|15||"Ezekiel Patrol"||Dermott Downs||Tamara Becher-Wilkinson & Jeremy Carver & Shoshana Sachi||May 24, 2019||T50.10115|
|Caulder recalls the events that led to the creation of each of the Doom Patrol members and the personal toll it took on him. The team goes their separate ways and attempt to integrate into society, but are summoned to Doom Manor by Danny, who has been kidnapped by Mr. Nobody. Caulder reveals why he did what he did: he was desperately searching for the means to extend his own life so that he might protect his troubled, superpowered daughter as long as possible. The team steps through a painting to rescue Danny and Caulder's daughter, who has enlarged Ezekiel and Admiral Whiskers. The two creatures have forced Mr. Nobody out and are on a rampage. The team executes Vic's plan: Rita convinces Mr. Nobody to continue his narration, which exerts control over Ezekiel and Whiskers, and the team allow themselves to be devoured by Ezekiel. Larry unleashes a nuclear blast, killing Whiskers, trapping Mr. Nobody and the Beard Hunter in the painting and reducing Danny from a street to a brick, but the others are protected by being inside Ezekiel. Back at Doom Manor, Vic slices open Ezekiel's abdomen and they step out, including Caulder's daughter, Dorothy Spinner.|
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. 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 initially consisting of thirteen episodes and set to premiere in 2019. Jeremy Carver wrote the pilot, and executive produces alongside Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter. Production companies involved with the series are set to include Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Doom Patrol is based on a version of the characters developed by writer Grant Morrison in the 1980s.
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, April Bowlby as Rita Farr / Elasti-Woman, Brendan Fraser and Jake Michaels as Cliff Steele / Robotman, also, Matt Bomer and Dwain Murphy as Larry Trainor / Negative Man.
In July 2018, it was announced that Bowlby, Fraser and Bomer would star in Doom Patrol and that Diane Guerrero had been cast as Crazy Jane. In August 2018, Joivan Wade was cast as Victor Stone / Cyborg, Alan Tudyk was cast as Eric Morden / Mr. Nobody, and Riley Shanahan was cast as Cliff Steele / Robotman, with Fraser voicing the character and appearing as Steele in flashbacks, while Shanahan physically portrays Robotman. The next month, Timothy Dalton was cast as Niles Caulder / Chief and in October 2018, Matthew Zuk was cast as Larry Trainor / Negative Man. Similarly to Robotman, Trainor is voiced and portrayed by Bomer in flashbacks, with Zuk physically portraying Negative Man. In March 2019, Mark Sheppard was announced as Willoughby Kipling.
Principal photography for the series began on August 30, 2018, in Olde Town Conyers, Georgia. Filming continued in Georgia throughout September 2018, in Lawrenceville and at Briarcliff Mansion. Principal photography for the series officially wrapped on April 10, 2019.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 95% approval rating based on 37 reviews, with an average rating of 7.84/10. 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." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 70 out of 100 based on reviews from 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". IGN rated the series 8.5 out of 10, stating that "Doom Patrol is the best reason yet to sign up for DC's streaming service. [Doom Patrol] offers a wicked sense of humor with heart, wit and tragedy to spare. The cast works incredibly well to form an entertaining dysfunctional family."
Awards and nominations
|2019||Golden Trailer Awards||Best WildPosts for a TV/Streaming Series||Doom Patrol “Character Posters”, Warner Bros., WB Worldwide Television Marketing In House||Nominated|||
|Saturn Awards||Best Streaming Superhero Television Series||Doom Patrol||Pending|
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