Friday, November 2, 2018


I've long held the belief that the Doom Patrol would translate well to "other media" - platforms beyond their four-color-paneled-paper origins. We've seen the shorts from Cartoon Network (and if you haven't you can probably find a link right here. Those were amazing. 

Even more amazing was the announcement from earlier in the year that THE Doom Patrol would be appearing on the Titans show streaming on DC Universe. All of us who normally found ourselves Waiting For Doom found another wait in our laps. 

So, the day is here. The episode - Titans Episode 4 of Season 1 titled "The Doom Patrol" - hits DC Universe today. 

Was it worth the wait? 

While I haven't been super-keen on the Titans series to this point, if I keep reminding myself that this is an Elseworlds, I find that I accept it a bit better and enjoy it a lot more. 

Whenever anyone talks about the Doom Patrol, people knee-jerk react and want to associate the Patrol with Grant Morrison, who wrote one of the most critically and commercially successful runs of the Doom Patrol since the team's introduction in My Greatest Adventure #80 in 1963. 

The Doom Patrol presented in this episode has some Morrison-like tendencies, but there is a bit more taken from across the team's storied existence. One appearance of the Patrol in particular that shades closely to the feel of this episode is The Brave and the Bold (volume 3, 2008). The Keith Giffen-scribed Doom Patrol (volume 5, 2009) is present in spirit and intent, particularly in Rita's arc in "The Doom Patrol." 

Episode writer Geoff Johns keeps the story Titan-centric, by opening the adventure with Beast Boy's origin. From there we return to present day where we find Rachel and Gar on the run. 

Rachel gets emotional about a deer, but walks off with Gar to a creepy mansion filled with creepier piano music. From there viewers get to know a bit more about Gar, his habits, his interests, and his "roommates."

The episode is a strong introduction to the Doom Patrol, as we get all of their origins in quick dialog. The not-quite-movie-level budget and the relatively quick production time don't allow us to see each origin, but we see photos, hear tales, and, in Rita Farr's case, we do actually see her past, as she winds up connecting to Rachel through the plot, as Johns would have it. 

Each of the characters is given a sliver of personality. Cliff misses things that he thinks he left behind as a human, which drives the table conversation as he asks Rachel to describe her food to him. Larry is portrayed in a light-hearted manner, serving as the culinary expert for the Patrol, preparing everything from fried chicken to T-bone steaks. Rita's story is presented as quite tragic, and in these personality bits, Rachel sees a bit of herself and a way to be helpful. 

As is the way with Niles Caulder, when he shows up, the mood shifts. By the end of the show dynamics change enough to open a door for Gar to continue on the path with Rachel, as the Doom Patrol find a new confidence that can really only be hastily claimed in the span of a television pilot. 

Yes, I know this isn't a pilot, per se, but it sure does move like one. We get action, tension, humor, and pathos. Origins and power displays, character quirks, and dialog go-tos all fill this episode. By the end of the show, Johns has given us a Doom Patrol with potential. Some rough-edged costumes, but character potential. 

The characters are well portrayed. Dwain Murphy's Larry Trainor and Jake Michaels' Robotman don't have the luxury of facial expression, so the two actors are forced to lean into the physicality of their characters, which both do quite believably. Robotman has more screen time, as you may expect, but never so much as to steal the show. 

Bruno Bichir plays The Chief in the pompous manner one might expect, and it fits. He condescends to Gar, and gets quite bossy all the way around. I won't spoil the outcome of this episode, but his arc takes a turn. 

April Bowlby completely makes the role of Elasti-Girl/Rita Farr her own. Bowlby has classic beauty, which plays nicely as a timeless actress slightly out of step with current reality. Her character has some of the most dynamic screen time, and Bowlby does a remarkable job of selling the range of emotions Rita brings (literally) to the table. 

As for those costumes, Negative Man's bandages could be more dynamic. He has a mouth hole, which transmits a bit more comically. Robotman's head is huge. Yes, I understand there is an actor underneath, but the rest of the costume could stand a bit more tinkering to present Cliff Steele in a more tapered manner. For each ding, however, there are positives. Robotman's LED eyes actually blink, giving the metallic marvel a dose of humanity, while Larry's sunglasses hold true to portrayals of Larry Trainor since Morrison's run. 

Gar doesn't really seem like a great fit for this team, so it's good for him that the Titans show happened along. After pitching in a couple times in this episode, though, Rachel makes a strong case for Doom Patrol membership. She's a better fit character-wise and abilities, but when the credits roll, it's clear she doesn't belong here. 

Overall, this is a wonderful introduction to the Doom Patrol. I'll definitely be back once their series launches. For now, I give this episode 4 (out of 5) stars. 

Here's the image gallery DC provided to media outlets. 

What do y'all think?

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Today's DC Universe teaser includes a sneak peek at the Doom Patrol as they'll appear on Titans in just a couple days. I haven't taken the plunge for the streaming service yet, but I am keen on signing up for the trial to check out our favorite freaks!

Here's some screen caps I nabbed from the DC Daily.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

WFD Episode 121: The Hell Equivalent of Tasmania OR Unlike the Comic, No One Dies


A new post to coincide with an episode of Waiting for Doom! That hasn't happened in ever, has it?! 
Anyway, here's how everyone's favorite sentient show account describes Episode #121: 

Angels! Demons! Literal tugging of heart strings! Cocooned souls! GSMD! Flying arms to the head - take a drink, and LET'S GET PATROLLING!
  • Down on Derington Way - 5:41
  • Doom Clock - 13:58
  • Doomsplaining - 18:21 - We are taking another dive into the hidden gem that is volume 3 of the Doom Patrol, and discuss issues 11 and 12 by John Arcudi, Tan Eng Huat, Bob Lappan, Dave McCaig, Guy Major and Andrew Helfer! 
  • Mailbag O Doom - 41:50 - we read some listener feedback before reviewing responses to the latest Question of the Week: Who is your favourite cyborg?

Now, who wants some images?!?

Here we go, Doom Patrol (V3) #11


Issue #12? Yeah. We got that. BEHOLD! 

Uh oh. Someone's gonna get it from Mama Bruder. 

Apologies for not catching up on the QOTW, but those are a bit in the past. I figure best to get completely caught up on some shared images. 

More soon. . . 

Monday, May 14, 2018



Let's make it an OFFICIAL press release!

Live-Action Drama from Berlanti Production to Debut in 2019
We are pleased to announce today that the upcoming DC Universe digital service has ordered its next original series, the one-hour live-action drama DOOM PATROL, from executive producers Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, Jeremy Carver and Sarah Schechter.
DOOM PATROL will begin production this year for a 2019 debut on DC Universe.
Artwork is attached, and project info is below. Please advise if you have any questions. 
  • Network: DC Universe digital service, operated by Warner Bros. Digital Networks
  • Auspices: Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television
  • Order: Direct-to-Series Order, 13 Episodes
  • Format: One-hour drama
  • Executive Producers: Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, Jeremy Carver, Sarah Schechter
  • Written by: Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, Jeremy Carver
  • Based on DC characters originally written and drawn by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani
  • Logline: 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.
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Titans Together! Doom Patrol - uh, well... Go...?!

DC Entertainment has been crafting some shows for the debut of network of their own, which we now know as DC Universe. One of those shows the network is going to premiere is Titans, which, as you all know has some pretty tight ties to the Doom Patrol.

A couple weeks back Geoff Johns shared this:

And then we got some casting announcements, including

Bruno Bichir as Niles Caulder aka The Chief

April Bowlby as Elasti-Girl (presumably also Rita Farr)

Jake Michaels as Robotman

Dwain Murphy as Negative Man
. . .and to make matters even more cool, they've announced some more shows on the DC Universe service. 

Those shows include: Season 3 of Young Justice (and presumably Seasons 1 & 2), Swamp Thing, and Harley Quinn. I'm not sure what else will be available, except, oh yeah - 


They're using a very John Byrne-esque logo, but there's been no mention of Nudge or Grunt (or Grudge or Nunt), so hope springs eternal. . .

I've long said Doom Patrol is tailor-made for other media than comics. Now it looks like DC Universe is going to prove me right.

I'm sure we'll get more casting news soon. 

UPDATE: As I was going to click "Publish," CBR broke word that Crazy Jane would be joining the team. I'm trying to track down the official press release to share. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

WFD Episode 120: Once, Twice, Three Times An Ape-y OR Byrne-t Toast


The gents have Doom Patrolled again!

Check out the stylings on the Podbean wherein they serve up some. . .

Hot gorilla-on-gorilla action! Kleenex couture! Can you really have 'time-honoured traditions' by the 7th issue of a series? Awkward phone conversations! Failing memory! All this and the ever-eternal question on everyone's lips: just who the bloody hell ARE the Devolutionists anyway?!? LET'S GET PATROLLING!
  • Down on Derington Way - 9:02
  • Doom Clock - 9:45
  • Doomsplaining - 14:50 - We return to volume 4 of the Doom Patrol, and take a look at issues 7 and 8 by John Byrne, Doug Hazlewood, Jared K Fletcher, Alex Bleyaert and Mike Carlin! 
  • Mailbag O Doom - 38:55 - Who is your favourite loner character in comics?
As for the imagery to go with the podcast, well, I'm glad you asked. 

That is some manicure that ape is sporting. 

Stupid Nudge's stupid phone call to her stupid family. 

Rita Farr! You've just become an ape! What are you - oh. Of course. Byrne'd. 

And issue #8 of Doom Patrol (v4). 


And there you have it! 

 I'll be getting caught up yet!

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