Doom Patrol -tv Series

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 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, as well as Diane Guerrero, Alan Tudyk, Joivan Wade and Timothy Dalton joining the cast. Filming began in Georgia in late August 2018. 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.

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Doom Patrol
Genre
Based on
Developed byJeremy Carver
Starring
Narrated byAlan Tudyk as Eric Morden / Mr. Nobody
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes2 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Georgia
Cinematography
  • Christopher Manley
  • Noah Greenberg
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 of the same name 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, as well as Diane Guerrero, Alan Tudyk, Joivan Wade and Timothy Dalton joining the cast. Filming began in Georgia in late August 2018.

Premise

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

Main

Recurring

  • Timothy Dalton as 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".[7]

Guest

Episodes

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 in a car crash, but is saved by Dr. Niles Caulder, who transfers his brain into a robotic body seven years later. Also living with Caulder are Larry Trainor, a former United States Air Force test pilot who was exposed to negative energy in 1961, and Rita Farr, a 1950s actress who was exposed to a toxin that turned her into plastic while filming in South Africa. In the present, the group have lived together for many years in "Doom Manor" with "Crazy Jane", a woman with 64 superpowered 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 the town. Caulder is confronted by Morden, who opens a vortex in front of the team.
2"Donkey Patrol"Dermott DownsNeil Reynolds & Shoshana SachiFebruary 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)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 and Detroit's well known superhero Cyborg, sees news footage about the destruction of Cloverton, and travels there to investigate. Morden's donkey spits out Jane, who is rapidly cycling through personalities. Rita begrudgingly agrees to go into the gateway in 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.
3"Puppet Patrol"[10]TBATBAMarch 1, 2019 (2019-03-01)TBA

Production

Development

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

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,[4] 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.[6] The next month, Timothy Dalton was cast as Niles Caulder / Chief, replacing Bichir,[7] 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.[5]

Filming

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

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

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds "Certified Fresh" 94% approval rating based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 7.82/10. 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 11 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[25]

References

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  3. 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.
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  5. 1 2 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.
  6. 1 2 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.
  7. 1 2 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.
  8. Byrne, Craig (February 14, 2019). "Smallville Alum Phil Morris Is In Doom Patrol". KSiteTV. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
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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.
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