How It Was To Bring Doom Patrol From Comics To The Screen

Doom Patrol Plot:

DOOM PATROL is a re-imagining of one of DC’s most 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.

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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.

The characters from DOOM PATROL

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“There was that element of weirdness and absurdity, but I was really taken by the pathos and heart beneath it all,” Carver said.”Once you accept the fact that they’re not your typical superheroes and they are folks who see what’s special about them as a curse, you begin to see the possibilities for emotional development,” 


What is DOOM PATROL all about?

The Seventh roster of Doom Patrol, in Doom Patrol #6 (April 2017)
The Seventh roster of Doom Patrol, in Doom Patrol #6 (April 2017)

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Doom Patrol is an American web television series based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name that premiered on February 15, 2019 on DC Universe Netflix.

The Doom Patrol is a superhero team appearing in publications from DC Comics. The original Doom Patrol first appeared in My Greatest Adventure #80 (June 1963),[1] and was created by writers Arnold Drake and Bob Haney, and artist Bruno Premiani. The Doom Patrol has since appeared in multiple incarnations in comics and adapted to other media.

A scene from the web series ‘DOOM PATROL’

Doom Patrol Characters:

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  • Robotman (played by Brendan Fraser), who is basically a brain within a metal, robotic bod
  • Elastigirl (April Bowlby), who turns into a giant blob when she loses control of her emotions
  • Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer), who can unleash a being of negative energy from his body, called Negative Man
  • Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), who has dozens of split personalities, each with their own superpower
  • Cyborg (Joivan Wade), half-man, half-machine
  • The Chief (Timothy Dalton), the scientist who brings this band of outcasts together and gives them a home.
  • Then there’s Mr. Nobody (Alan Tudyk), the team’s fourth-wall breaking nemesis who can drain the sanity from his victims.


A scene from the web series ‘DOOM PATROL’

How Did Such a Surreal Series Suddenly Jump From The Comic-Book Pages to the Small Screen?

“There was that element of weirdness and absurdity, but I was really taken by the pathos and heart beneath it all,” Carver told Business Insider. “That’s what really struck me.

So what I wanted to bring to it was all of those things about the comics – the pathos and the absurdity – and find a way to tell that in a mature manner that services the vision that DC Universe has, which is to tell these types of stories for a more mature audience.”

“You had to have equal if not more weight on the characters and their backstories,” Carver added.

Apart from the story possibilities with the characters, “Doom Patrol” also benefits from being on a streaming service, especially one that caters specifically to DC fans. When DC Universe launched last year, it was labeled “the ultimate DC membership.”

“Doom Patrol” characters aren’t as widely popular as other DC superheroes like Batman and Superman, and the comics have become more and more mainstream over the years.

Writer Grant Morrison’s run is considered one of the essential eras in the team’s history by fans, and heightened its far-out nature. All thanks to him.To successfully adapt “Doom Patrol,” traditional TV wouldn’t have worked.

“We can tell stories that aren’t nearly as neat as they’re sometimes told on networks, and we can play a lot with structure,” Carver said. “We’re not bound by the same need to constantly reset and keep people up to speed like in a network show where you’re constantly resetting the plot and making sure even the casual viewer isn’t left behind.

When you’re talking about a streaming service, there’s not as much need for hand holding. You’re putting a lot of trust back in the fanbase.”


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