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I don't know if I'm going to be subscribing to DC Comics' streaming service. However, I reckon that I'm qualified to start a thread on the comic book history of the Doom Patrol, a.k.a "The World's Strangest Heroes."

As you can see on the Doom Patrol Wikipedia page, there have been many iternations of the team. I've read the adventures of the original team in Showcase format (black & white omnibuses). Core concept: genius in a wheelchair (Dr. Niles Caulder, aka "The Chief") recruits an adventurer whose brain has been implanted in a robot body (Cliff Steele, aka Robotman), an irritated test pilot who is able to release a "negative man" from his bandaged body (Larry Trainor),and an actress who was exposed to exotic gases and gained the power to grow and shrink her body (Rita Farr/Elasti-Girl). Basically, they fought weird villains and menaces to mankind. Rita was romantically pursued by Steve Dayton, a millionaire who invented a helmet that gave him psychic powers, and they eveneutally wed. Also joining the team: a slick green-skinned with the ability to change his shape to any animal imaginable (Gar Logan/Beast Boy).

The kicker of the original team was that they actually got killed . . . as in "not a dream, not an imaginary story." Dr. Caulder and the core trio sacrificed their lives to save a small fishing community. And those deaths stuck. Okay, it turned out Cliff's brain was saved, but that was nine years after Doom Patrol #121.

The other really noteworthy version came about when Grant Morrison took over the book that was launched after Crisis on Infinite Earths. Basically, it boiled down to "Grant Morrison doing Grant Morrison things," bringing the exotic to the mainstream. One character was Danny the Street. His name was Danny. He was a street. A sentient street. A transvestite sentient street, with masculine stores dressed all frilly, that could pop up anywhere on Earth. What else? Let's see . . . the hermaphrodite Rebis, a fusion of Negative Man and Negative Woman (long story); an ape-faced girl (Dorothy Spinner) able to bring her nightmares to life; and Crazy Jane, a woman with 64 personalities . . . and thanks to a "gene bomb," each and every one had their own superpower. Their adversaries were even more "out there," like the Brotherhood of Dada (supplanting the Brotherhood of Evil), the Beard Hunter (who had a special mad-on for the Chief) and the return of The Brain (disembodied brain) and Monsieur Mallah (a gorilla whose intelligence was increased by the Brain; he also had a French accent), who had a startling turn to their relationship. Well, startling for that time, anyway

Currently, Doom Patrol is the oft-delayed titles from Young Animal, an imprint  developed by Gerard Way, the headman of My Chemical Romance (and writer of The Umbrella Academy, another comic making the jump to subscription television). To be honest, I haven't read it, but I understand it's a batshit book.

Anybody else hear of the team? Or at least see them on Teen Titans (the cartoon), Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and the shorts from DC Nation?

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Doom Patrol is great source material.  Frankly, I would have preferred a movie, but a TV show will give them plenty of time to flesh out the characters.

It looks like we're entering into an era where there are going to be dozens (maybe hundreds) of streaming services, and we're going to have to pick and choose what TV shows we most want to see.  I'd like to see Doom Patrol, but I don't see myself subscribing to a DC streaming service.

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Doom Patrol (and Harley Quinn) press release: http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2018/10/03/dc-universe-kicks-off-new-york-comic-con-world-premiere-of-titans-with-surprise-doom-patrol-and-harley-quinn-scoop-287413/20181003wbt01/

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DOOM PATROL

· Prior to the Titans world premiere, Brendan Fraser (Crash, The Mummy, Gods and Monsters) took to the stage to share some updates directly from the set of Doom Patrol. Fraser is starring in the series as the voice of Robotman, and he will also portray Cliff Steele in flashback scenes.

· Fraser revealed that Matt Bomer (White Collar, American Horror Story, The Normal Heart) has also joined the Doom Patrol team. Bomer will provide the voiceover performance for the character of Negative Man, and he will also appear as Larry Trainor in flashback scenes. Bomer further surprised fans with a special video greeting from the Atlanta-based set, exclusively for those in attendance at NYCC.

· Matthew Zuk has been cast in the role of Negative Man, and he will provide the physical performance of the character on set in costume. (Riley Shanahan was previously announced as the actor providing the physical performance of Robotman in costume.)

· In addition to Fraser and Bomer, Doom Patrol stars Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Timothy Dalton as Niles Caulder/The Chief, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane and Alan Tudyk as Mr. Nobody.

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4 hours ago, Trini said:

Yeah; Cyborg's comic look is just really hard to pull off in live-action.

I mean, the Smallville (low budget) version just completely did away with the robotic exoskeleton; and the Justice League film (high budget) version went all CGI with mo-cap. This version (only the third in live-action) is the first to try with practical effects*; so I'm not going to judge too harshly. Although, Cyborg isn't the first character in live action to have flesh + metal components to his/her look.

*(If I'm using that term correctly)

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3 hours ago, Trini said:

*(If I'm using that term correctly)

"Practical effects" or prosthetics; take your pick in this case :) . 

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So, for those who never saw it, here's a featurette for the Titans episode that introduced the Doom Patrol:

 

And here are three new character promos that DC Universe has released:

 

 

Crazy Jane wasn't in the Titans episode...

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Still no promos for the other team members, but we do have the first two episode synopses under the spoiler tag.  Also, DC Universe has posted slots for 15 episodes!
 

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Episode 1: Pilot (Anticipated 2/15/19)

In the series premiere episode, the team – tired of being stuck in Doom Manor – decides to visit the local town while The Chief is away. However, this seemingly harmless field trip leads to some grave consequences, including an encounter with the mysterious and powerful Mr. Nobody (series star ALAN TUDYK).

 

Episode 2: Donkey Patrol (Anticipated 2/22/19)

Following Mr. Nobody’s capture of Niles Caulder and the destruction of Cloverton Ohio, The Doom Patrol investigate the mysterious albino donkey and discover it is a door to another universe, one where Mr. Nobody is in control. Cyborg aka Vic Stone (series star JOIVAN WADE), a part man/part machine hero from Detroit who has his own complicated relationship with Niles Caulder, joins the search.

 

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Extended trailer!

And so...

Episode 1: Pilot (2019.02.15)

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The team, tired of being stuck in Doom Manor, decides to visit the local town while The Chief is away. However, this seemingly harmless field trip leads to some grave consequences, including an encounter with the mysterious and powerful Mr. Nobody.

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Two things:

One, after watching this pilot I finally understand what Josh Trank tried to do with his Fantastic Four movie.

And two, Doom Patrol should have been the opening shot in DC's streaming service's gun.

Even Titan's Doom Patrol episode didn't prepare me for how much I would love the pilot and every character in it.

It was smart to replace Bruno Bichir who played Chief in the Titan's episode with Timothy Dalton. Dalton elevates whatever he's in, and this pilot is no exception.

Brendan Fraser is great as Robotman. The last thing I saw him in was Condor, and while I liked his performance there, I was struck by how much charm and range he showed in this pilot. Most impressive is how well both came across in his voice acting, which isn't easy to do.

April Bowlby brings her pitch-perfectness from Titan's Doom Patrol episode to the pilot.

I'm not sure how I feel about Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor. I know I like Larry and his relationship with Rita, who it appears can make him do anything, and it's really frickin' cute! But he didn't stand out so much in the pilot.

Maybe all you folks who watched Orange is the New Black already knew this, but Diane Guerrero is fucking amazing!

Mr. Nobody should narrate everything.

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I really loved this pilot episode! I was unprepared for how raw it is though, wasn't prepared fr naked Brendan Frasier ass, wasn't prepared for all the f-bombs, I just wasn't prepared! Heck, I saw all the trailers and thought it looked cheap and stupid, I was expecting something horrible like Inhumans but no! This show seems like it might be great!

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For those who haven't seen it yet or didn't subscribe to DCU, DC has released the opening titles (real ones!)

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I really enjoyed the Titans episode they were in, but I thought this was also really good despite the changes. I missed the lighter "hangin' with the Doom Patrol" vibe of the Titans episode though. 

One change I didn't care for, I find Crazy Jane more annoying than intriguing. MPD is not a trope I enjoy, and so far her "personas" have mostly been just one amped up emotion (e.g., anger, sadness). Her acting was fine, the character is just not well conceived, IMHO. Maybe Jane will work better as the show develops.

Alan Tudyk's narration, including the fourth wall breaking, was very fun.

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1 hour ago, Latverian Diplomat said:

I really enjoyed the Titans episode they were in, but I thought this was also really good despite the changes. I missed the lighter "hangin' with the Doom Patrol" vibe of the Titans episode though. 

I think the heavier mood fits the source material better.  I mean, the classic 60s Doom Patrol was all about angst.

All of them broke my heart, but Larry's story, about having always felt like a monster because his orientation, spoke the most to me personally.

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1 hour ago, starri said:

I think the heavier mood fits the source material better.  I mean, the classic 60s Doom Patrol was all about angst.

Sure, but it was such a breath of fresh air at that point in Titans, I appreciated it. And heavier though it may be, this episode still has enough humor, (even dark humor) to strike a better balance than most of Titans did, IMHO.

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