HBO Max has revealed the first trailer for Doom Patrol season 2. The first season of the DC Comics series debuted on the DC Universe streaming service in February last year. It was officially renewed in July 2019 and is getting ready to make its debut later this month. We now have our best look yet at the upcoming madness and it appears the creative team decided to up the crazy factor this time around. Things are going to get weird.
Following the Doom Patrol poster art unveiled a few weeks ago, the trailer kicks off with The Chief breaking down the team before we dig into the meat of season 2's plot. It revolves around his daughter, who has the ability to unleash "hell on Earth." The footage is loaded down with action and remarkably bizarre imagery. Lots of CGI monsters, battles and humor, all set against an unexpected soundtrack. There are a lot of superhero shows, particularly DC shows, on TV right now, but none of them look quite like this. That much is certain.
For its sophomore run, episodes will be debuting on both DC Universe and HBO Max. Though the trailer is leaning heavily into the HBO Max angle and it is even billed as a "Max Original." This could be yet another nail in the coffin for DC Universe, as the niche streaming service's long-term staying power has been called into question as of late. The central cast includes Brendan Fraser, Matt Bomer, April Bowlby, Diane Guerrero, Joivan Wade, Riley Shanahan, Matthew Zuk and Timothy Dalton.
Doom Patrol season 2 brings back DC's strangest group of heroes, Cliff Steele aka Robotman, Larry Trainor aka Negative Man, Rita Farr aka Elasti-Woman, Jane aka Crazy Jane and Victor Stone aka Cyborg. We pick up following the defeat of Mr. Nobody with the gang mini-sized and stranded on Cliff's toy race car track. Here they begin to deal with their feelings of betrayal by Niles Caulder, aka The Chief, while also confronting their own personal baggage. As each of them faces the challenge of overcoming their own past traumatic experiences, they must band together to embrace and protect the newest member of the family, Dorothy Spinner, Niles' daughter. Her powers remain mysterious as well as a threat to the world.
DC is expected to have a huge presence on the newly-launched streaming service as WarnerMedia builds it out. A Green Lantern TV series is in development, as well as a Justice League Dark show produced by J.J. Abrams. DC Universe, meanwhile, is continuing to drop programming, with DC Daily recently canceled. Titans has been renewed for season 3 and remains the only show produced for the service that has remained fully exclusive. The first three episodes of Doom Patrol season 2 are set to arrive on Thursday, June 25. New episodes will then drop weekly on HBO Max. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself.