DC is bringing the Doom Patrol to the small screen. DC Universe, the upcoming streaming service from DC and Warner Bros., has given the greenlight to producer Greg Berlanti's Doom Patrol series. The series is set to go into production this year for a debut sometime in 2019 on the streaming service. This is in addition to Titans, also produced by Berlanti for DC Universe, which will help launch the service. Warner Bros. has decided to skip any sort of pilot order and has given Doom Patrol a straight-to-series 13 episode order.
This move speaks volumes about Greg Berlanti's reputation. With Doom Patrol, he now has a record 14 shows in production. In addition to the shows for DC Universe, he also has the Arrowverse on The CW, which consists of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and their newest DC series Black Lightning. The CW is also host to his shows Riverdale and the upcoming All American. Berlanti also has Blindspot for NBC, the upcoming God Friended Me and The Red Line for CBS, You for lifetime and, last but not least, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for Netflix. While the shows that have yet to premiere, like Doom Patrol, can't be certified as hits, the shows he does have on the air have all done very well. So it's no surprise that Warner Bros. and DC want him in on their new streaming service in a big way.
Doom Patrol is a re-imagining of one of DC's most beloved group of outcast Super Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane, led by modern-day mad scientist Dr. Niles Caulder (The Chief). The Doom Patrol's members each suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities, but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found purpose through The Chief, who brought them together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence, and to protect Earth from what they find. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of super-powered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.
Picking up after the events of Titans, Doom Patrol will find these reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same. It's interesting that this series will not only exist in the same world as Titans, but will also be directly connected to it and will take place after the events of that show's first season. It appears that DC is trusting in Greg Berlanti and his ability to work within a connected universe.
Doom Patrol first appeared in the pages of DC Comics in 1963's My Greatest Adventure #80. Since then, they've gone through many iterations, with many viewing Grant Morrison's run to be the defining era. Most recently, Gerard Way has been doing an ongoing series as part of his Young Animal imprint at DC. In addition to Greg Berlanti, the series is produced by Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Jeremy Carver, who wrote the adaptation of Doom Patrol. Warner Bros. and DC have yet to announce an exact premiere date, but we'll be sure to keep you up to date as any new information is made available.