At long last, HBO Max has released fans' first good look at how Doom Patrol will follow up on its depressing AF Season 2 finale, and it looks like things are going to get magnificently trippy when Season 3 arrives this fall. The DC Comic outcasts are sure to fall through the rabbit hole in the aftermath of their confrontation with the deadly Candlemaker, and at some point during a trip to the past seen in the trailer above, viewers will get to enjoy the further magnificence in the form of Brendan Fraser's facial hair. But there's more to it than JUST that, of course.

But since it's already been discussed, let's ogle and appreciate Brendan Fraser's mustache and chops in Season 3, as his character Cliff Steele is presumably holding his daughter Clara in the time before he mostly destroyed his entire life ahead of becoming Robotman for Timothy Dalton's Chief. It appears Fraser was gearing up to star in Darren Aronofsky's The Whale when he was filming Doom Patrol, and anytime he gets to rock this NASCAR look, I am here for it, even if it doesn't tie into all the Alice in Wonderland stuff. (Or DOES it?)

brandan fraser with mustache and sideburns in doom patrol season 3

Doom Patrol's first look at Season 3 is quite the weird affair. It looks like Cliff, Rita, Larry, Vic and Dorothy are all dead, maybe. They do seem to be taking a ride down the River Styx, but who knows what's real and what's just in the characters' minds in a show like this? And then we have some numerically ordered masked mystery characters, such as the one below.

masked character in yellow raincoat in doom patrol season 3

Then we have the live-action debut (so to speak) of DC Comics' genius gorilla Monsieur Mallah, rocking his signature beret and a bandolier.

DC comics' Monsieur Mallah in doom patrol season 3

And then there's this thing coming together, which is probably something I'm blindly not recognizing, but I'm still going to pretend is the return of Alan Tudyk's villain Mr. Nobody.

doom patrol season 3

How rude would it be if we went this entire time without talking about the return of the killer butts! Well, perhaps less talking about it than pointing at one and saying, "Look, it's another one of those scary-ass ass creatures!"

doom patrol killer butt

Check out the official Season 3 synopsis below from HBO Max, which mentions another anticipation built into Doom Patrol's return: the introduction of Doctor Who and The Flight Attendant standout Michelle Gomez as the DC supervillain Madame Rouge, who is also making a live-action debut.

Season three opens on the culmination of Dorothy’s (Abi Monterey) confrontation with the Candlemaker that leads to a devastating loss. The Doom Patrol is at a difficult crossroads and each member struggles to face who they are and who they want to be. And things get a whole lot more complicated when Madame Rouge (Michelle Gomez) arrives in a time machine with a very specific mission, if only she could remember it.

No longer at its former DC Universe home, Doom Patrol is releasing the first three episodes of Season 3 on HBO Max on Thursday, September 23, with the remaining episodes debuting weekly throughout the 2021 Fall TV season.

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