'Doom Patrol': Here's why DC series hits all the right marks compared to other recent superhero releases
This year has seen the release of umpteen number of superhero shows, but here's what 'Doom Patrol' is getting right
DC has finally done it right with one of their live adaptations, and 'Doom Patrol' might just be one of DC's best superhero shows till date.
Fans are by now tired of the usual, overdone mainstream "good vs bad " theme, and 'Doom Patrol' is certainly a breath of fresh air in a universe dominated by superheroes we've seen one too many times.
We were first introduced to 'Doom Patrol' when they crossed over in the series 'Titans'. While 'Titans' may have delved in the well-worn gloomy themes which tends to encompass most DC stories, 'Doom Patrol' says a similar story but with a twist.
With the first episode now being released on the DC Universe streaming platform, fans got introduced to the misfit bunch of superheroes along with their backstories, and they don't spell "hero" in any sense. The first episode covers the backgrounds of each character, and how they came to be their messed up selves through it all.
There’s Cliff Steele (Brendan Fraser) as Robotman, a race car driver who lost everything in a fatal car crash and had his brain implanted into a robot body by The Chief. We have the former test pilot Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer) as Negative Man, who's covered from head to toe in bandages due to a flight test gone awry. There's the narcissistic Rita Farr (April Bowlby), a 1950s movie star-turned-human blob as Elasti-Woman and Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero) with her 64 distinct personalities and corresponding superpowers. There's also Cyborg (Joivan Wade), who became part-machine in a lab experiment gone wrong, and they're looked after by Niles Caulder aka The Chief, who helped the team recover from their accidents, and provided them with a safe place to brood.
Cliff Steele, you make our ❤️ race! 🤖 pic.twitter.com/PQ3qkcyNmJ— Doom Patrol (@DoomPatrolDCU) February 15, 2019
While most superhero shows try a little too hard to make their characters seem human (without luck), 'Doom Patrol' achieves this effortlessly through the the characters' backstories.
While most superhero characters usually take up vigilantism after the tragic loss of their family or loved ones, here the tragedy has squarely befallen our heroes.
The series portrays the team as one with flaws, just like us ordinary humans, unlike some of our heroes, who seem a little too flawless (here's looking at you, Superman).
We're shown just how Robotman and Negative Man were cheating husbands, one cheating for lust and the other for love respectively. There's the air-for-flair 1950's actress Rita Farr, who prided so much on her looks, only to have it taken away when an accident on set causes her body to grow out of proportion uncontrollably.
Cyborg, who's just trying to prove himself to his mother accidentally gets her killed instead, and finds that more than half his body is replaced by machinery. And finally, we have Crazy Jane, who surprisingly, being the least normal of the bunch, has one of the most stereotypical superhero backstories of any of these superheroes. We get to see just how Jane got her personality split into 64 parts by a group of scientists performing unprecedented experiments on her.
It is not just the backstories which humanize the characters, with the team initially being strangers, their interactions with each other are just as awkward as it would be to live in a mansion with a cyborg, a schizophrenic, a woman who can't keep herself together literally, and a moody man made of steel.
Their heated exchanges, coupled with the habit of poking fun at each other, while still looking out for each other make for a remarkable viewing experience and touch our hearts in all the right places.
DC's 'Doom Patrol' will air weekly exclusively on DC Universe's streaming platform www.dcuniverse.com, and for those of you who aren't familiar with the series, we've added the must-watch extended trailer below!