The Doom Patrol has found its leader. In the months since Warner Bros. officially ordered the live-action Doom Patrol series for its upcoming DC Universe streaming service, we've watched eagerly as the cast has filled out.
Brendan Fraser joined as Robotman, Diane Guerrero joined as Crazy Jane, and most recently we got a villain as genre fan favorite Alan Tudyk signed on to be Mr. Nobody. Now, a legend has signed on to play a key part in the foundation of the team.
Timothy Dalton, best known to genre fans as the fourth actor to play the title role in the James Bond franchise and for his roles on Doctor Who and Penny Dreadful, has joined the series as Dr. Niles Caulder, aka The Chief. The Hollywood Reporter describes it as a "leading role," and it'll be Dalton's first regular TV work since Penny Dreadful ended two years ago.
The Chief is the "'brilliant but controversial" founder of the Doom Patrol, a wealthy genius who specializes in helping people whose bodies and lives have been forever altered. Calder takes a special interest in the freaks of the world, and in his original DC Comics incarnation he sought various scientific means to help them control their abilities and conditions (he designed Robotman's body, for example). In his quest to help these ostracized people, he also founded a team of strange heroes: The Doom Patrol. Basically, he's this teams Professor Xavier, but...weirder.
In addition to Fraser, Tudyk, Guerrero, and Dalton, the Doom Patrol cast also includes Dwain Murphy as Negative Man, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, and Joivan Wade as Cyborg (also positioned as one of the group's leaders for this version). Jeremy Carver (Supernatural) is scripting the series, and will serve as an executive producer along with Greg Berlanti (The Arrowverse) and DC Comics megastar and former DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns (who's also currently working on DC Universe's Stargirl series).
The DC Universe service launches later this month. Doom Patrol will arrive sometime next year.