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DC streaming service orders live-action Doom Patrol series

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May 14, 2018

The Doom Patrol will be making their live-action debut next year on DC’s upcoming streaming service, known simply as DC Universe, Variety reports

Flash showrunner Greg Berlanti will help executive-produce the series alongside Sarah Schechter and DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. Jeremy Carver, writer on Supernatural and Being Human, is set to pen the first 13 episodes. 

Created by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney, and Bruno Premiani in the early 1960s, the Doom Patrol is a superhero team consisting of characters like Negative Man, Robotman, Beast Boy, Space Case, Crazy Jane, Flex Mentallo, and Danny the Ambulance. Their leader is Dr. Niles Caulder (aka The Chief).

The group’s biggest villain is the Brain, a human brain encased in a jar of liquid that still maintains the genius and cunning of its owner. The Brain leads the Brotherhood of Evil, whose ranks include Monsieur Mallah, Gemini, Warp, Plasmas, Houngan, Phobia, and Elephant Man, among others. 

When still human, the Brain was Caulder’s partner, but Caulder grew jealous of his friend’s achievements and arranged the accident that led to the Brain losing his body. 

This take on the Doom Patrol will coincide with the ending of another DC Universe show, Titans, which is a live-action adaptation of DC’s Teen Titans comics. Titans was developed by Berlanti, Johns, and Akiva Goldsman and is set to drop sometime this year. After it’s over, Cyborg will be the one to assemble the members of the Doom Patrol. Nevertheless, it was known that the squad would be making some sort of appearance in Titans, as far back as February

Interestingly, Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn voiced his interest in directing a live-action Doom Patrol film just last year.