Forthcoming DC Entertainment-branded streamer DC Universe has made a straight-to-series order for an original series from Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television. Production is expected to begin later this year for a targeted 2019 debut on DC Universe. Aside from Doom Patrol, he is producing CBS's God Friended Me and Red Line and The CW's All American.
Described as a "re-imagining of one of DC's most beloved groups of outcast superheroes", Doom Patrol will feature the likes of Negative Man (played by Dwain Murphy), Elasti-Girl (played by April Bowlby) and Crazy Jane, under the guidance of Dr. Niles Caulder aka "The Chief" (played by Bruno Bichir).
According to a DC and Warner Bros. press release, "The Doom Patrol's members each suffered disgusting accidents that gave them superhuman abilities - but also left them scarred and disfigured".
Titans: A live-action series about "a team of young superheroes led by Nightwing (formerly Batman's first Robin) form to combat evil and other perils". 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 freakish phenomenon, giving them a goal and a reason to use their powers for good. "What happens when a band of super-powered freaks come together to fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them?" the post said. The series will be executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, Jeremy Carver, and Sarah Schechter. This sounds like a dream team of its own. Aside from his current shows, he will also produce a number of new TV dramas next season including Titans. But could it rival Berlanti's Arrowverse on The CW?
The good news is that fans won't have to wait until Doom Patrol premieres to get a look at these heroes in action. Given their lack of cultural acceptance within the DC Universe, the strange-looking characters, and a mentor in a wheelchair, the team has often been compared to Marvel's more successful X-Men franchise. Here's what we know so far.