The unloved outcasts of Doom Patrol will arrive the day after St. Valentine’s Day. The February 15 premiere date has just been announced for Doom Patrol, the second live-action original series for DC Universe, the subscription streaming site that launched in September and premiered Titans in October.
The new series, a re-imagining of the comic book team, features a band of misfit heroes who walk lonely paths and have origin stories drenched in tragedy. The outsider souls find an uneasy alliance together under the leadership of a mysterious mastermind, Dr. Niles Caulder, portrayed by veteran actor Timothy Dalton (Penny Dreadful).
The show also stars Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, and Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg.
The team of powerful outcasts has a long publishing heritage — this year marks the 55th anniversary of the team’s first appearance in the pages of DC Comics — but the group has rarely been a spotlighted brand.
The Doom Patrol’s idiosyncratic adventures, bizarre enemies and outsider ethos make the team the most “Marvel-like” of DC’s long-time properties. Comparisons have been frequently drawn between Doom Patrol and Marvel’s X-Men, the mutant team that debuted in September 1963, a mere three months after the DC squad’s summer debut that year.
Members of the Doom Patrol made their first live-action appearance in the fourth episodes of Titans, a series that reaches its Season 1 finale today. DC Universe is also live now on Amazon Fire TV, expanding its reach to a new, key distribution platform.
Check out the new teaser trailer above, and just-released character images below.