If there has been one unquestioned success story of the troubled DC Universe streaming service, it’s Doom Patrol. The oddball series about the misfit team of DC Comics heroes is loved by its fans and given a huge thumbs up by critics. But how will the move over to HBO Max affect things going forward? Judging by the new trailer for season two? Not one bit. It’s just as weird as ever.
Dubbed “DC’s strangest group of heroes”, Doom Patrol features Brendan Fraser as Robot Man, Matt Bomer as Negative Man, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Timothy Dalton as The Chief, and Jovian Wade as the Cyborg not played by Ray Fisher. As if things couldn’t get weirder, this season finds the team shrunk down to fun size, which gives us the bizarre sight of a rat-punching Robot Man.
Like many others, I have yet to catch up with Doom Patrol since I had no DC Universe subscription. But now with HBO Max that might have to change.
SYNOPSIS: DC’s strangest group of heroes — Cliff Steele aka Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Larry Trainor aka Negative Man (Matt Bomer), Rita Farr aka Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby), Jane aka Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), and Victor Stone aka Cyborg (Joivan Wade) — are back again to save the world. That is, if they can find a way to grow up…both figuratively and literally. Following the defeat of Mr. Nobody, the members of the Doom Patrol now find themselves mini-sized and stranded on Cliff’s toy race car track. Here they begin to deal with their feelings of betrayal by Niles Caulder aka The Chief (Timothy Dalton), while confronting their own personal baggage. And as each member faces the challenge of growing beyond their own past traumatic experiences, they must come together to embrace and protect the newest member of the family: Dorothy Spinner (Abigail Shapiro), Niles’ daughter, whose powers remain a mysterious but real threat to bringing on the end of the world.
Doom Patrol season 2 hits HBO Max on June 25th.