Greg Berlanti is a busy busy man, serving as executive producer for a vast wealth of shows across the networks including a good number of the DC Comics related ones including Black Lightning, The Flash, Supergirl and more. Turns out, he’s adding another spinning plate to his act.
Alongside the already announced live-action Titans series coming to the DC Universe streaming platform later this year, Warner Bros. has announced they have given a thirteen-episode straight-to-series order for a Doom Patrol live-action series for the platform, according to Deadline. Berlanti will serve as executive producer of the series that spins out of the Doom Patrol’s debut in the fifth episode of Titans.
Production will begin this year on the series with an eye on a 2019 premiere date.
The series Doom Patrol is a re-imagining of the beloved group of outcast Super Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane, led by modern-day mad scientist Dr. Niles Caulder (The Chief). 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.
A very interesting bit of news within the announcement is that the character Cyborg, Victor Stone, will be appearing in the series as the one coming to the Doom Patrol with a mission. This is pretty big news because Cyborg has already been adapted for the big screen and there were never any indications that he would be appearing on the small screen, as various other former Titans/Teen Titans character were rumored to be appearing in Titans but never Cyborg.
Vic was one of the stalwart members of the Teen Titans/Titans in the comics till 2011 when DC Comics was fully rebooted with the New 52 initiative where Cyborg instead became a founding member of the Justice League. Ray Fischer played the character in a came for 2016’s Batman V. Superman and then fully appeared in 2017’s Justice League.
While there is no official word, it seems likely that the Bruno Bichir as Dr. Niles Caulder, April Bowlby as Elasti-Girl, Jake Michaels as Robotman and Dwain Murphy as Negative Man from the Titans episode will carry over to the spinoff series alongside whoever plays Crazy Jane and whoever might play Cyborg if they aren’t connecting the shows to the movie universe.