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Starting tomorrow on DC Universe and spinning out of "Titans", comes the series about the misfit superbeings the world doesn't want, but probably needs.

The World's Strangest Heroes - The Doom Patrol


A lot to unpack from this;

The Chief, played by Bruno Bichir in the Titans episode, has been recast with Timothy Dalton. No offence to Mr Bichir, but I think this is a step up.

Larry Trainor is still a test pilot, but is also now bisexual or gay. That's significantly less subversive than Morrison's take and I wonder if they'll ever go down that road.

Cliff Steele had a daughter

Rita Farr I'm a little less convinced by. In the comics she could shrink and grow, unless we're going to see a major development in her abilities that seems to be a bit lost. But her as brittle holdover from the 50's movies, obsessed with a perfect image and refusing to accept anything less than physical and aesthetic perfection, is an interesting way to go.

Crazy Jane has her 64 personalities and a couple from the comic are even recognisable from the trailer, like Sun Daddy. It looks like her origin might have been a little tweaked since the comics had the gene bomb as a handy explanation for her developing all her powers. Her personalities might still have their original traumatic origin, though that's going to have to be handled a lot more deftly than I fear TV series tend to do.

They also seem to have kept a version of one of the most memorable scenes in the Morrison run from the first issue as it turns out, the "Come in out of the rain" moment.

I'm liking physical FX Cyborg rather a lot.

Mr Nobody looks pretty awesome, especially for someone who you're not supposed to be able to look at clearly (when you look right at him, it's supposed be like seeing something out of the corner of your eye), which is kind of tricky to sell on TV

And this should prompt me to go back and post some more of the Morrison run beyond the paltry two issues I did... oh dear, nearly two years ago... where does the time go?
 
 

Date: 2019-02-15 12:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crabby_lioness
That -- might be decent.

Date: 2019-02-15 02:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mastermahan
It's surprising to have Cyborg and Robotman on the same team. After all, they're both cyborgs, only Robotman has less fleshy bits. If they explore that, I'll be interested.

Date: 2019-02-15 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] locuatico
If I remember. the stories in which they have interacted had Robotman at peace with his current situation and Cyborg missing being fully human. If the trailer is anything to go by, that does not seem to be the case here.

Date: 2019-02-15 03:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alschroeder3
DEFINITELY watching tomorrow. The Titans episode where they appeared was one of the best ones of the series.

Date: 2019-02-15 01:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pteppic
I'm on board if there's a "booyah" in here.

Date: 2019-02-15 04:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pteppic
... my head canon exploded.

And I'll take it.

Date: 2019-02-15 02:43 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] agharta75
They'd better have Mallah and The Brain.

Date: 2019-02-15 05:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] his_spiffynesss
If they do, I kind of hope they get Rob Paulson and Maurice Lamarche to voice them. :)

Date: 2019-02-16 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] philippos42
Larry & Rita seem like they're in a period piece in a way that Jane & Vic don't.

I like this version of Rita's powers. Turning into a blob better fits the Doom Patrol thematically.

Date: 2019-02-16 04:36 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] zachbeacon
Didn't Blob Rita come from Keith Giffen's Doom Patrol run?

Date: 2019-02-16 03:22 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] agharta75
It was after Morrison, as I remember.

I liked that idea. Before that she never quite fit in with the others, as she could pass for normal. If she's constantly having to hold her body together, though, and could blob out if she loses concentration ...

Date: 2019-02-17 12:41 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] zachbeacon
Yeah, that was the Giffen lineup* right before Flashpoint ruined everything.

*Along with others like Ambush Bug and Danny the Brick.

Date: 2019-02-16 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] zachbeacon
Just saw the first episode. No spoilers here but ...

Doom Patrol is every bit as good as Titans is bad.

Also, it's crazy that they somehow made Mr. Nobody work in live action. He's a character that should ONLY work on a comic page.

Date: 2019-02-17 02:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alschroeder3
Agreed. That first episode was VERY impressive.

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