Looks like DC Digital has announced yet another title for its streaming service, Doom Patrol! Doom Patrol will be written by Carver Edlund, from Supernatural Fame, the show will also be produced by Geoff Johns – from all things DC, Greg Berlanti – Arrowverse, Love Simon and Dawson’s Creek and Sarah Schecter – Riverdale and Arrowverse, so as you can see there is a lot of talent already behind this project. This is a re-imagining of one of DC’s iconic teams, a not so merry band of misfit heroes including Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane, led by Dr. Niles Caulder (The Chief).
What bonds the Doom Patrol’s members is that each suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities — but also left them scarred and disfigured. For instance, Robotman was a Race Car Driver who was terribly hurt in an accident and his brain was thus transferred into a robotic body, what further makes this interesting is that The Cheif was the one that caused this incident and all the other initial incidents leading to the formation of his personal superhero team.
Of course, The Cheif’s betrayal went unknown for years leaving the team to find purpose through The Chief, who brought them together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence while defending our reality as we know it. Doom Patrol has always been part support group, part Super Hero team, the team is a band of super-powered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them. I know this sounds a lot like The X-Men and believe me both teams have a lot in common, but The Doom Patrol always defined itself buy bringing out the weird and wonderful in everything. With some of fictions most unique characters which include a cross dressing sentient and sapient stretch of roadway, a super intelligent Gorilla and his Lover the Brain of a French scientist and a schizophrenic women with multiple personalities and powers, this show will cover a broad spectrum and if done correctly could be very powerful, though it will walk a fine line between tasteful and offensive, one I feel DC will be able to do, especially if they shake the bonds of regular television networks.
As it stands DC have already ordered 13 episodes of the series and it is set to carry on from Titans, hopefully this one will be well received, I just worry that its high concepts may be an issue.