DC Comics' The Doom Patrol Is Getting Their Own Live-Action TV Show

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DC Comics' upcoming streaming service isn't holding back on delivering superheroes to the small screen. DC Universe will debut a brand new series all about the superhero team known as the Doom Patrol. Fittingly called Doom Patrol, the new series will provide something that superhero fans won't be able to find anywhere else on TV. Here's what we know so far.

Doom Patrol will reimagine the Doom Patrol of DC Comics fame, comprised of Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl, and Crazy Jane. On the show, the team is led by a 21st century mad scientist named Dr. Niles Caulder, a.k.a. The Chief. These characters possess a variety of superpowers as we'd expect of most comic superheroes, but they didn't get their powers without suffering big losses. They are scarred, disfigured, and traumatized after suffering through horrible incidents that resulted in their superpowers. Understandably unhappy after having their lives changed so radically against their wills, the characters weren't the most upbeat... until The Chief brought them together to investigate bizarre phenomenon, giving them a purpose and a reason to use their powers for good.

Together, they must use their powers to figure out what's going on when things get weird and do whatever they can to protect the world from any threats that arise in the course of their investigations. The Doom Patrol is as much a support group as it is a superhero team, and the members will give everything for the sake of a world that wouldn't give anything for them. Doom Patrol received a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes. Production will begin later this year to premiere on the DC Universe streaming service in 2019.

The good news is that fans won't have to wait until Doom Patrol premieres to get a look at these heroes in action. At least some of them will appear early in the first season of Titans. Elasti-Girl will be played by Drop Dead Diva's April Bowlby and Robotman will be played by Jake Michaels. Doom Patrol will pick up after the events of Titans, when the reluctant heroes are called to action by Cyborg with a difficult mission. According to Cyborg, their lives will never be the same after this mission. The series will be executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, Jeremy Carver, and Sarah Schechter.

Interestingly, the description for Doom Patrol may point toward Titans Season 1 ending on something of a desperate note if Cyborg is going to a group of reluctant heroes for an important mission. Could Dick Grayson and Co. be out of commission at this point?

We'll have to wait and see. Doom Patrol joins a number of other exciting projects coming to the streaming service. Find out more about the others on our rundown of all the TV shows planned for DC Universe. Our rundown of important superhero TV dates is worth a look, as well as our summer TV premiere schedule.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).