DC Universe Adds Doom Patrol To Its Live Action Lineup

by Erik Amaya

 

Fans of Robotman and Elasti-girl rejoice! Doom Patrol is finally becoming a live action series.

Deadline reports that Supergirl and Titans executive producer Greg Berlanti will develop a 13-episode series based on the Doom Patrol characters created by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani for the DC Universe streaming service. Based on the original premise, Dr. Niles Caulder — aka The Chief — organizes a team of horribly scarred individuals with superhuman abilities. Composed of the cyborg Robotman, agile Elasti-girl, radioactive Negative Man and, oddly enough, Grant Morrison and Richard Case’s Crazy Jane, the group is described as “part support group, part Super Hero team.” who will fight for “a world that wants nothing to do with them.”

The characters will debut on Titans when DC Universe starts its service later this year. It is unclear if the actors cast in those roles for Titans, which include Jake Michaels as Robotman, Bruno Bichir as the Chief and April Bowlby as Elasti-girl, will continue on, or if Berlanti and Warner Bros. Digital Networks will recast.

The pilot, written by Supernatural‘s Jeremy Carver, will be set after the first season of Titans and see Cyborg call the group together with a mission and a warning.

The inclusion of Morrison’s Crazy Jane — a woman with a separate power for each of her multiple personalities — is intriguing. In their Titans appearance, an an earlier animated showing on Teen Titans, the team has always been comprised of their original members. Branching out to later characters suggests the show will have legs … or at least Danny the Street.

Doom Patrol will debut in 2019 on DC Universe.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com. A contributing writer at CBR, Fanbase Press, Monkeys Fighting Robots and Rotten Tomatoes. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.