DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. are re-imagining Doom Patrol in the form of another live-action television series for the upcoming digital streaming platform called DC Universe.
According to an official announcement (via Variety) made just now, the first season will feature thirteen episodes in total and spin out of Titans, the live-action television series that will feature the iconic superheroes in their teenage years.
In the timeline, Doom Patrol will take place after the events of Titans. This means that the same characters will appear in the first series before coming together later for their new moniker in a fairly different setting.
The members of Doom Patrol have often been dubbed as the “world’s strangest heroes” in the comic books. The reason behind this epithet is that they are all shunned by society either because of their frightening abilities or disfigured appearances.
There have been multiple incarnations over the years but the upcoming television series will feature (mostly) the original roster: The Chief (Doctor Niles Caulder), Robotman (Cliff Steele), Elasti-Girl (Rita Farr), Negative Man (Larry Trainor), and Crazy Jane (Kay Challis).
“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,” reads a provided description. “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.”
Doom Patrol will be written by Jeremy Carver and produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. for a slated release next year. The television series is scheduled to enter production later this year.
There is currently no release date for DC Universe but the digital streaming service is expected to go live sometime later this year to coincide with the release of Young Justice: Outsiders and Titans. Metropolis and Swamp Thing, on the other hand, are being targeted for a release next year. Harley Quinn remains in the wild for now.