DC's 'Doom Patrol': Our crew of wacky heroes may lose their minds when they face sanity-stealing antagonist Mr Nobody

We've spoken quite a bit about our team of misfit superheroes, 'Doom Patrol', but let's not forget the antagonist, Mr. Nobody, who's miles ahead of the team in terms of weirdness


                            DC's 'Doom Patrol': Our crew of wacky heroes may lose their minds when they face sanity-stealing antagonist Mr Nobody

'Doom Patrol' is an upcoming live-action superhero show based on characters created by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney, and Bruno Premiani. 'Doom Patrol' features some really unique characters in the DC universe, and their live-action debut in the 'Titans' crossover episode named 'Doom Patrol', had fans bouncing off the walls in excitement at seeing their heroes for the first time on TV.

DC Universe has kept details of 'Doom Patrol' under wraps for a while now and the new teasers focus on the humor and heart of the quirky cast of characters. But the humor masks the darkness in their actual background stories. The team we're introduced to includes Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Cyborg (Jovian Wade), Negative Man (Matt Bomer), Elasti-girl (April Bowlby), Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), and The Chief (Timothy Dalton). Though we don't get to see Mr. Nobody (played by Alan Tudyk) in the trailer, he'll be the main antagonist of the new superhero series.

The 'Doom Patrol' team and Raven share a meal together.
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The 'Doom Patrol' team and Raven share a meal together.
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Mr. Nobody was first introduced to the 'Doom Patrol' franchise in 1964 as Mr. Morden, and it is with Grant Morrison's take on 'Doom Patrol' that this supervillain starts developing some depth. Morrison's version of Mr. Nobody is arguably one of the strangest characters in DC's roster of supervillains.

Morden (before he became Mr. Nobody) was already a somewhat unstable individual and contacted a Nazi scientist who would help him perform experiments on himself. The scientist exposes Morden to a device called the White Room, which drove him irredeemably insane and converted his body into a two-dimensional, virtual being, whose powers could drain the sanity from other humans.

Mr. Nobody calls himself "the man of the 21st century" and "the first true virtual man", then rechristened himself Mr. Nobody and created the Brotherhood of Dada, in order to gather other villains who are just as insane as himself.

Robotman in 'Doom Patrol'.
Source: IMDB
Robotman in 'Doom Patrol'.
Source: IMDB

Mr. Nobody appears as a two-dimensional abstract shadow (for lack of better words) with a hole where his heart should be, and fans are just waiting to see how this character translates on-screen. For the other characters in 'Doom Patrol' (except Cyborg), they've stuck to the same background stories, along with the exact same character costumes which were used in the comic books.

We see Robotman still has the familiar retro, bronze robot thing still going for him, along with Negative Man being covered from head to toe with bandages, so we're pretty sure that Mr. Nobody will also be an exact replica of his comic book counterpart. There are just so many things that could go wrong if a character is wrongly translated onscreen, but with the cast we've seen so far, we have no doubt in our mind Mr. Nobody and his crazy antics will become everyone's favorite new villain.

DC's 'Doom Patrol' will be available for streaming February 15 exclusively on www.dcuniverse.com.