The Doom Patrol series has found its Cyborg. English actor Joivan Wade has officially joined the cast of the upcoming show, which is being produced for the DC Universe streaming service. Doom Patrol will follow in the wake of Titans, which is the first live-action series that will debut on the service when it launches later this year. Here is a character description of the new small screen version of Cyborg, aka Victor Stone, that's coming our way.
"The charming and sarcastic half-human, half-machine superhero known as Cyborg. Vic may be connected to every computer on the world, but he struggles to maintain the connections that make him human. Desperate to gain acceptance from the outside world, Vic harnesses the curse of his cybernetic body and uses his powers as the ultimate hero for the digital age."
Joivan Wade's previous TV credits include the series EastEnders, as well as Big School and Youngers. Wade was also featured in The First Purge, which hit theaters recently and serves as a prequel to the events of the other movies from that franchise. Wade joins previously announced cast members Diane Guerrero, who is on board as Crazy Jane, as well as April Bowlby, who will play Elasti-Woman.
The series will center itself on Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman and Crazy Jane, who are Led by Dr. Niles Caulder. The Doom Patrol is called into action by Cyborg, who takes the group on a mission that finds them in the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC universe. Since Cyborg is also regularly featured as a member of the Teen Titans, it wouldn't be too surprising if he shows up in Titans as well. Or, at the very least, we should expect a reference or two to his existence.
This raises some interesting questions about the larger DC Universe. Ray Fisher was seen as Cyborg in last year's Justice League and there were, at least at one point, plans to give the character his own movie. However, Warner Bros. tends to try and keep the small screen characters and the big screen characters apart. This is, at least in part, why Batman hasn't shown up in The CW's Arrowverse and why Gotham can't call Dominic Monoghan's character The Joker by name. So one has to wonder, what effect, if any, will this have on Fisher's future as Victor Stone?
The DC Universe streaming service will also play host to a Swamp Thing series from producer James Wan, as well as a Harley Quinn animated series. The service will cost $74.99 annually, or $7.99 monthly and will also include a library of previously released DC movie and TV titles, as well as a massive library of digital comics. Doom Patrol, which comes from showrunner and producer Jeremy Carver doesn't yet have a premiere date. Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns and Sarah Schechter are also on board as executive producers. This news comes to us courtesy of TV Line.