Having grown up on the animated series from DC Comics, enjoying the early Batman films, and being a huge fan of the Arrowverse shows on The CW, I’m still surprised that my favorite show of them all is Doom Patrol. A comic series that originally started as DC’s answer to X-Men, it gave us characters that didn’t fall into the outsider-yet-attractive mold that that property fell into and delivered true outcasts and misfits. With the fifteen-episode first season wrapping up this week on the DC Universe service, the official DC social media side has put the first episode up for free. It’s a slow burn, more a series of vignettes to introduce the main cast with the story getting fully underway at the end, it hit such a fantastic sweet spot that I’ve been trying to get anyone and everyone to watch it.
Take a little time, settle in for a little weird, realize that this is the tip of the iceberg in what weird will come.
The cast includes Timothy Dalton as Niles Caulder, Jake Michaels as Robotman, Dwain Murphy as Negative Man, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Lane, Brendan Fraser as Robotman, and April Bowlby is playing Elasti-Girl. Alan Tudyk is playing the first season villain of Mr. Nobody.
Plot Concept: The Doom Patrol’s members each suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities — but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found purpose through The Chief, who brought them together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence — and to protect Earth from what they find. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of super-powered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them. Picking up after the events of Titans, Doom Patrol will find these reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.