DC's 'Doom Patrol' vs Netflix's 'The Umbrella Academy': Same premise but vastly different experiences
The two teams of dysfunctional superheroes sound like they might have quite a bit in common, but are they really that similar?
It may just be a coincidence that both DC and Netflix have decided to release their off-beat superhero shows on 15 February, but one thing for sure, both teams are definitely an odd bunch of heroes.
While both series tend to follow a pretty similar story arc, misfit superheroes dealing with their own problems before they can save the world, they tend to be drastically different in terms of backstories, visual styles and even in the way their characters are portrayed.
Here we compare the two superhero shows on a few confirmed bases.
'The Umbrella Academy' is based on Gerard Way's award-winning graphic novel with the same name and published by Dark Horse Comics. Though Gerard Way did write one of the story arcs for 'Doom Patrol', he is not the creator of the series. 'The Umbrella Academy' was created fairly recently in 2007.
'Doom Patrol' was created collectively by Arnold Drake and Bob Haney, and artist Bruno Premiani. 'Doom Patrol' is a franchise of DC comics, and was created way back in 1963.
The Story We Know
'The Umbrella Academy' series revolves around a group of 7 superpowered children, who were born to women who had shown no previous signs of pregnancy. They get adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a wealthy inventor who raises them as superheroes, but the family splits up soon after one of the children leave, only to be reunited 17 years later to mourn their father's death.
'The Doom Patrol' series consists of 5 reluctant superheroes (including new recruit Cyborg), whose lives were saved by Dr. Niles Caulder due to experimental procedures he conducted on them. Niles Caulder also fosters the bunch of to-be superheroes, and periodically provides them with missions to save their country and the world.
'The Umbrella Academy' consists of members who are already born gifted with their superpowers.
Whereas 'Doom Patrol' was "created" out of freak accidents, and the members were saved by Niles Caulder aka The Chief.
'The Umbrella Academy' was created in order to save the world, and their latest mission is to find their father's killer, along with trying to thwart the oncoming apocalypse. With their father dead, they have no real leader and there's chaos in the household.
'Doom Patrol' are given fairly standard superhero missions in the comics, preventing a bank robbery, saving a kitty from a tree, the usual stereotypical superhero stuff. But in the series, they have to save the world from the reality-altering Mr. Nobody, and are fairly organized compared to 'The Umbrella Academy'.
Though they might be worlds apart, there is one thing undoubtedly in common, both teams represent a bunch of really messed up super-heroes.
The Umbrella Academy is slated to release on 15 February on Netflix.
'Doom Patrol' is also slated to release the same day exclusively on www.dcuniverse.com