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Casting roundup: DC’s Titans live-action series finds its Negative Man

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Mar 1, 2018

The Doom Patrol has found its newest member. According to Den Of Geek, DC’s upcoming Titans live-action series has cast Dwain Murphy (Captain Maddox in Star Trek: Discovery) as founding member Negative Man.

The antihero, aka Larry Trainor, is known for possessing the strange superpower of being able to release a negatively-charged energy being from his body (known as Negative Man), after he was exposed to a radioactive field while piloting a test plane.

It was previously announced that actor Jake Michaels has been cast to play Cliff Steel, who becomes Robotman after losing his body in a horrific car crash. Both Michaels and Murphy have previously starred in SYFY’s Killjoys.

Titans is set to launch DC's new streaming service later this year and will also star Dick Grayson (aka Robin), Starfire, Raven, Hawk, Dove, and Beast Boy as live-action adaptations of the comic book Teen Titans characters. For those that don't already know, The Doom Patrol is a group of misfit and outcast heroes that first appeared in comic form in 1963 but more recently enjoyed a new series through DC's Young Animal imprint, from writer Gerard Way and illustrator Nick Derington.

Elsewhere in casting news, the CW’s supernatural cop drama Dead Inside has found its two leads in Freddie Stroma (UnReal) and Joey King (Fargo). According to Deadline the pair will head-up the pilot alongside Hayley Marie Norman (Adam Ruins Everything.)

The project hails from writer Katie Lovejoy (NBC’s Dracula TV series, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and executive producer Bill Lawrence (Spin City, Scrubs, Cougar Town), with Lovejoy penning the TV show.

The story follows a so-so beat cop who starts seeing the ghost of her dead brother (who just so happened to be a hotshot detective). The duo begin to solve crimes together and work out what unfinished business is keeping the brother from the spirit world.

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