Monday, May 21, 2018

Jake Gyllenhaal in Talks for Mysterio in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Sequel

Spider-Man's world is about to get a lot more mysterious.

Deadline has revealed that actor Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks for the role of lead villain Mysterio in the upcoming Sony Pictures sequel to Spider-Man: HomecomingThe film will once again be directed by Jon Watts and star Tom Holland as Spider-Man, who presumably gets a lot better after the events of Avengers: Infinity War.

Gyllenhaal, 37, is best known as the title character in Donnie Darko, and as Jack Twist in the movie Brokeback Mountain, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor.  His other films include Zodiac, Life, Nightcrawler, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Jarhead, The Day After Tomorrow, October Sky, City Slickers, Nocturnal Animals, Demolition, Stronger, and Everest.

Created in 1964 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Mysterio first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man (vol.1) #13 as Quentin Beck,  a special effects wizard and stuntman working for a major Hollywood studio with dreams of making a name for himself in the film industry. However, he came to see his career in special effects as a dead-end job.  His attempts to become an actor were poorly received, but he realized that his expertise in illusions could make him an effective supervillain.

In his first battle with Spider-Man, after framing Spider-Man for robbing the Midtown Museum, Mysterio obstructed the hero's spider-sense with gas and dissolved Spider-Man's webbing with a chemical abrasive.  However Spider-Man tricked Mysterio into revealing he robbed the museum, then Spider-Man revealed he had captured it on tape.  Mysterio was then jailed, blaming Spider-Man for his ruined career.  Mysterio later joined the Sinister Six in an attempt at revenge on Spider-Man, and battled him using android duplicates of the X-Men.  He battled Spider-Man and joined Doctor Octopus' Sinister Six on several occasions, but this never gave him the edge against his foe that he desired.  Eventually, he began to lose credibility as a supervillain, with his defeat at the hands of preteen superhero team Power Pack being a particularly humiliating moment.

After his final imprisonment during the "Guardian Devil" storyline, Mysterio was given an early release, after being diagnosed with a brain tumor and lung cancer, both caused by the chemicals and radiation from his equipment.  He was given one year to live, but this imminent death caused prison psychiatrists to grant him an early release.  Obsessed with exacting his final revenge on Spider-Man, he was disappointed when he deduced from newspaper articles that the current Spider-Man was just a clone and saw no dignity in overpowering a 'copy' of the real thing (even though by then, the clone had been killed and the current Spider-Man was indeed the original).  Mysterio decided to change his plan and focus on Daredevil, whom he had encountered recently during an insurance scam that the hero had thwarted.

After the Kingpin gave Mysterio all the information he possessed about Daredevil's past, Mysterio developed an elaborate plot to drive Daredevil insane using a special designed drug to influence Daredevil's mood, presenting him with a baby girl and conflicting reports that she was the second coming of Christ or the Antichrist, with the drug rendering Daredevil violent if anyone suggested that the child was innocent.  In the course of the scheme, Karen Page was killed by Bullseye after Mysterio had convinced her that she was suffering from HIV due to her time as a porn star, Matt Murdock's partner Foggy Nelson was framed for murder after cheating on his current lover, and Daredevil nearly lost his mind as he appeared to be tormented by the forces of Hell.  However, Daredevil's will proved stronger than Mysterio expected, and once Doctor Strange discovered and magically removed the drug from Daredevil's bloodstream, Daredevil unmasked Mysterio as the mastermind, shattering the villain's helmet in fury and revealing his now languishing appearance. Beck had thought Daredevil would kill him upon discovery, but Daredevil denied him this and instead dismissed Mysterio's scheme as a basic B-movie plot.  Broken in every sense of the word, Mysterio, saying he was stealing an idea from Kraven the Hunter, pulled out a gun and shot himself dead.  While Mysterio has faked his own death several times in the past, this act was apparently legitimate, as Mysterio literally had nothing left to live for.

Mysterio reappeared during "The Gauntlet" storyline, which reintroduced several past Spider-Man villains with new twists. This Mysterio claimed to be a returned Quentin Beck who had faked his death.  He was under the employ of Maggia crime member Carmine, creating androids of various deceased Maggia (including their dead leader Silvermane) to give them a credibility boost in their gang war with Mister Negative.  He tried to drive Spider-Man mad by making him think he'd accidentally killed several gang members, while trying to convince him that a returned Captain George Stacy, who claimed to have always been the gangster known as the Big Man, also faked his death years earlier.  This made Spider-Man realize that Mysterio was behind the recent mysterious return of so many deceased individuals, and he vowed to have Mysterio pay for making it personal.  Shortly after, Mysterio used the Silvermane robot to murder Carmine in an attempt to secretly seize control of the Maggia and its fortune.  Spider-Man eventually exposed and confronted Mysterio, who fled.

This will be the first time Mysterio will appear in live action, although the character has appeared in various animated projects including the 1960s Spider-Man series (voiced by Chris Wiggins), the 1981 Spider-Man series (voiced by Michael Rye), Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (voiced by Peter Cullen), Spider-Man: The Animated Series (voiced by Gregg Berger), The Spectacular Spider-Man (voiced by Xander Berekley), and Ultimate Spider-Man (voiced by Paul Scheer).

The untitled sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is expected to arrive in theaters on July 5, 2019.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Batwoman & Gotham City to Debut in 2018 Arrowverse Crossover

The Arrowverse is expanding to include Gotham City.

TVLine has word that this fall's crossover event between Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, and Arrow will introduce DC superhero Batwoman and Gotham City to the Arrowverse.

Speaking at The CW's Upfronts event, Arrow star Stephen Amell announced, "We will be doing another crossover event this fall on The CW [and] we will be introducing a new character.  We will be fighting alongside Batwoman."

CW president Mark Pedowitz added, "We’re adding the city of Gotham into the Arrowverse."  He also promised "another full-throttled action packed event."

Created in 1956 by Edmond Hamilton and Sheldon Moldoff, Batwoman first appeared in Detective Comics (vol.1) #233 as Kathy Kane, a wealthy heiress who gained great acrobatic skills during her career as a circus trapeze artist and stunt cyclist.  Becoming infatuated with the Batman, she fashioned herself a costume and secret hideout and started operating as Batwoman.  She upstaged Batman and his sidekick Robin in capturing crooks, but Batman eventually learned her true identity and tracked her to her secret cave hideout.  Showing her how easily it was for him to learn her identity, Batman pointed out that criminals could probably do it just as easily and tried to convince her to drop out of crime fighting.  Disobeying Batman's advice, she tried to capture mobster Curt Briggs.  During this caper, Batman went missing and Briggs, struck with amnesia, left thinking he was Batman. Ultimately the real Batman reappeared, and Biggs was turned over to the police.

Batwoman came out of retirement to aid Batgirl against Killer Moth and the Cavalier, but her return was never intended to be permanent.  Kathy Kane was then present at a surprise party for Bruce Wayne at Wayne Manor.  When Batwoman was later disintegrated into nothingness on Barbara Gordon's doorstep, Batgirl and Robin teamed-up to find the cure and restore Batwoman to her normal form.  Shortly after this, Batwoman met the Huntress from Earth-Two and aided her and Batwoman in capturing Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Madame Zodiac.  When the Freedom Fighters of Earth-X searched for a group of criminals known as the Warmakers, their search led them to the carnival owned by Kathy Kane. Kathy, as Batwoman, aided the Freedom Fighters and Batgirl in defeating the Warmakers.  In her last recorded adventure, Kathy Kane was murdered by the League of Assassins, who were being manipulated by Ra's al Ghul.  Her death was eventually avenged by Batman.

In 2006, the character was reinvented by Greg Rucka, Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, Mark Waid, and Keith Giffen, making her debut in 52 #7 as Kate Kane.  In their early childhood, Katherine Rebecca "Kate" Kane and her sister Elizabeth "Beth" Kane were identical twins and were very close to each other.  On their twelfth birthday their military father couldn't come home so Kate and Beth were taken by their mother, Gabrielle "Gabi" Kane, to an expensive restaurant for chocolate and waffles, their favorite dish.  On the way to the restaurant, a group of gunmen attacked the family and took them hostage, killing their bodyguard in the process.  After learning of her family's kidnapping, Kate's father, Colonel Jacob "Jake" Kane, led a rescue mission to save his captured family, which ended with Kate's mother executed and Beth apparently killed after being caught in the crossfire between the kidnappers and soldiers.

Years later, Kate attended the United States Military Academy, West Point, where she received excellent grades and ranked at the top of her class.  However, when it was alleged that she was in a lesbian relationship with another student, Kate's commanding officer asked her to disavow the allegation.  Telling the officer that she refused to lie and violate the code of the Academy, Kate admitted to being lesbian and was forced to leave the school.  When she confronted her father with the news, he supported her and affirmed that she upheld her honor and integrity.  She then moved back to Gotham City, where she attended college and pursued a wild social lifestyle, consisting of parties and tattoos.  Kate was eventually pulled over for speeding by a young Renee Montoya, who was just a traffic cop at this point.  The two dated for several months but broke up following a fight where Kate berated Renee for keeping her sexuality hidden from her colleagues and family.  While attempting to call Renee and apologize for her behavior, Kate was attacked by a mugger who wanted her wallet and cell phone.  Using her military training, Kate easily defeated the criminal just as Batman arrived and helped her off the ground.  She was fixated by the Bat Signal as Batman departed the scene.

Inspired by her encounter with Batman, Kate began fighting crime using military body armor and weaponry stolen from her father's military base.  After being confronted by Jake, Kate accepted his offer for assistance and began an intense two years of training across the globe with her father's military friends.  Upon returning to Gotham, Kate discovered that her father has created a Batsuit for her, along with an arsenal of experimental weaponry based on Batman's known gadgetry and a bunker hidden in the Kane home.  She soon adopted the identity of Batwoman and was soon accepted as a member of the Batman family.

This will be the first time Batwoman will appear in live action, although the character has appeared in various animated projects including Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (voiced by Kyra Sedgwick), Batman: The Brave and the Bold (voiced by Vanessa Marshall), and Batman: Bad Blood (voiced by Yvonne Strahovski).

The next Arrowverse crossover should air on The CW sometime in November 2018.

THE FANDOM ZONE 136: "That Old Corpse" is Up!

"Behold...the face of true sanity."
-- Jeremiah Valeska, Gotham: "That Old Corpse" 

At long last, Karen and I are finally back with another episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This week's reviews of comics on television include:

The Flash 4x20: "Therefore She Is"
Legion 2x05: "Chapter 13"
Krypton 1x07: "Transformation" 
Gotham 4x20: "That Old Corpse"

In this episode, Karen and I talk about things like finally learning the Thinker's plan, how the Mechanic and the Thinker hooked up, Marlize going through Groundhog Day and  her #MeToo moment, Cisco and Gypsy's CW Angst breakup, Caitlin having a relationship with her Killer Frost alternate personality, the mystery of Mystery Girl, Lenny enjoying her new body, David not taking Amy's death well, Oliver casually telling the Shadow King that he's going to kill him, Oliver being way more focused, the worst fortune cookie fortune ever, Brainiac taking over the Voice of Rao, Donald Trump as the Voice of Rao, my getting retweeted by Nyssa-Vex, Drunk Adam Strange sulking about not having super powers and a cool nickname, Jeremiah being The Joker instead of Jerome, Ecco's creepy harlequin costume, Jeremiah's direct homage to Jack Nicholson's Joker, the Riddler dressing up like a clown to rescue Lee, wondering why Lee hooked up with the Riddler, wondering what the hell is up with Archer these days, my recruiting Karen to be on Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast, and more!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Batman Prequel PENNYWORTH Gets Series Order from EPIX

Two TV shows with Alfred and still no sign of Batman.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the premium cable network EPIX has given a straight-to-series order for Pennyworth, a new drama based on the DC Comics character and set in the Batman universe.

The series will be from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, executive producer/writer Bruno Heller and executive producer/director Danny Cannon. Heller write the script and Cannon will direct the pilot, as he did with the Fox series Gotham.

According to the article, Pennyworth will have ten episodes and "follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s billionaire father, in 1960’s London."

The series will not be a Gotham spinoff, but an entirely new story exploring Alfred's origins. Sean Pertwee, who plays Alfred Pennyworth on Fox's recently renewed Gotham, is not involved with the project.

Michael Wright, President of EPIX, stated, "As genuine fans of these classic DC characters, as well as the incredibly talented Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, we couldn’t be more excited to make EPIX the home of this series. We can’t wait to work with Bruno and Danny—along with Peter Roth, Susan Rovner, Brett Paul and the team at Warner Horizon—on this fantastic origin story."

Heller and Cannon added, "Michael and his colleagues have created the perfect venue for original storytelling, and all of us working on Pennyworth are thrilled to be on the EPIX slate."

Created in 1943 by Don Cameron and Bob Kane, Alfred Pennyworth first appeared in Batman (vol.1) #16 as a retired actor and intelligence agent who followed the deathbed wish of his dying father Jarvis Pennyworth to carry on the tradition of serving the Wayne family. To that end, Alfred introduced himself to Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson at Wayne Manor and insisted on becoming their valet. Although the pair did not want one, especially since they did not want to jeopardize their secret identities with a servant in the house, they did not have the heart to reject Alfred.

Initially, Alfred discovered their identities by accident. While fighting a burglar in his first appearance, Alfred accidentally hit a switch and opened a sliding panel leading to the Batcave. He was helpful to the duo, following them to a theatre where they were captured, bound and gagged by a criminal gang, and rescued them after Batman attracted his attention by knocking a rope down before the crooks return. In 1957's Batman (vol.1) #110, this discovery was revised so that during his first night at Wayne Manor, Alfred awoke to moaning and followed the sound to the secret passage to the staircase leading to the Batcave and met his would-be employers in their superhero identities. As it turned out, the wounds were actually insignificant, but Alfred's care convinced the residents that their butler could be trusted. Since then, Alfred included the support staff duties for Batman and Robin on top of his regular tasks.

Alfred helped Bruce raise Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, and Tim Drake, all of whom were adopted by Bruce Wayne and became his partner Robin.  He also had close friendships with other members of the Batman family including Barbara Gordon and Cassandra Cain. Alfred often acts as a father-figure to Bruce, and a grandfather to Dick, Jason, and Tim.  He is also highly respected by those heroes who are aware of his existence, including Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and the original Teen Titans.  Alfred has also been romantically linked to Dr. Leslie Thompkins, though his relationship with her never came to anything.  He also developed feelings for Tim Drake's stepmother, but again, nothing came of it.

In the current DC Comics continuity known as The New 52, it was revealed that Alfred's father Jarvis Pennyworth was the butler of the Wayne family before Alfred when Bruce was still a child.  Jarvis was blackmailed by the Court of Owls to set a trap for the pregnant Martha Wayne.  Despite declining, the Court managed to cause a car accident that caused the child to be born prematurely and eventually to have died.  Jarvis attempted to resign from his services and wrote a letter to his son in which he described the manor as a cursed place, and told Alfred that he should not begin his service under the Wayne family.  However, Jarvis was unable to send it after being murdered that night.

During the events of Batman: Eternal, Alfred was reunited with his long-absent daughter, Julia Pennyworth, an agent of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment.  Batman found her in Hong Kong and took her back to Wayne Manor for medical treatment after she was stabbed with a katana through the chest by a Chinese gang boss she was hunting.  Julia was initially hostile to Alfred, feeling that he had wasted his life going from a soldier to tending to a fop like Bruce Wayne.  After Alfred was attacked by Hush and infected with a fear toxin, she discovered the Batcave and took on her father's role to coordinate the Batman family's efforts against their enemies.

Pennyworth is expected to debut on EPIX sometime in 2019.

GHOSTWOOD 033: "Dual Spires" is Up!

"Dude, do you know they make silent window shades?  Some woman in Washington invented them back in the early '90s." 
"Since when is the sound of opening and closing shades so disruptive that it needs to be alleviated?"
-- Shawn Spencer and Burton "Gus" Guster, Psych: "Dual Spires" 

It is happening again...My co-host with the most Xan Sprouse and I are back with a new episode of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast!  This time, we're joined by special guest Karen Lindsay from The Fandom Zone Podcast to review "Dual Spires", the 2010 Twin Peaks tribute episode of the USA series Psych, featuring Twin Peaks actors Sheryl Lee, Sherilyn Fenn, Ray Wise, Dana Ashbrook, Lenny Von Dohlen, Robin Lively, and Catherine Coulson.


In our latest episode, Xan, Karen and I discuss things like me being totally outnumbered by my podcast co-hosts, Karen and Xan's background with Psych, my big scheduling fails, the rumor that Gus on Psych was Kenny from The Cosby Show, Psych making really obscure Twin Peaks references, remembering the late Pamela Gidley, Ray Wise recurring on Psych, Julee Cruise's version of the Psych theme, Paula Merral vs. Laura Palmer, the freaky "Is it future or is it past?" moment with "I Love How You Love Me" by the Paris Sisters, Dana Ashbrook homaging Ray Wise as Leland Palmer, Xan and Karen's mutual fondness for Lenny Von Dohlen, Catherine Coulson as the Woman with Wood, Betty Boop Night at the Roadhouse, 2 x 4s not actually being 2 x 4, Father Westley's hair turning white, Psych being the gold standard for pop culture references, Karen's thoughts on Kyle MacLachlan hosting Saturday Night Live, Xan and I hating Chads before Incels, Karen and I scaling back our Fandom Zone show reviews, Mark Harmon in Summer School, wanting everyone to keep my mom in your thoughts, and more!

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DAREDEVIL Casts Wilson Bethel as Bullseye

Here's hoping this casting is on target.

That Hashtag Show has revealed that the Netflix series Daredevil, based on the Marvel Comics superhero, has cast Wilson Bethel as Daredevil's most dangerous enemy, the assassin known as Bullseye.

Bethel was cast for the series in November, although it was originally reported he would "portray an FBI agent who will play a critical role in the conflict between Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk, better known as Daredevil and Kingpin respectively."

He joins new Season 3 actors Jay Ali as an fellow FBI agent named Ray Nadeem, and Joanne Whaley as Matt’s mother, Sister Maggie.  The season is expected to adapt the storyline "Born Again", by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli.

Bethel, 34, is probably best known as Wade Kinsella on The CW series Hart of Dixie.  In addition, he's appeared in episodes of How to Get Away with Murder, Criminal Minds, The Astronaut Wives Club, Bates Motel, The Young and the Restless, NCIS, JAG, and The O.C.

Created in 1976 by Marv Wolfman and John Romita, Sr., Bullseye first appeared in Daredevil (vol.1) #131 as Lester, who grew up in The Bronx, where he lived with his brother and his abusive father.  His brother's main form of recreation was playing with rifles, leading Bullseye to become an expert shot.  When he was 10 years old, his brother started a fire in their home in an unsuccessful attempt to kill their father.  Shortly thereafter, Bullseye was placed in a foster home, and became a baseball player in high school.  Bullseye was an extremely talented pitcher, and was offered a scholarship, but instead opted to enter the minor leagues.  After three games, he was called up to play a sold-out Major League game. He had surrendered no hits the entire game, and in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, he became bored and requested the coach pull him from the game.  The coach refused, and insisted that he finish the game. The opposing team's batter mocked him, accusing him of cowardice.  Bullseye threw the ball at his head, killing him.  As the ball struck, he said only one word: "Bullseye".  He was barred from professional baseball and convicted of manslaughter.

His cold demeanor and unique skills, however, meant subsequent recruitment by the National Security Agency as an assassin was inevitable.  He was soon assigned to train Contras in Nicaragua, but by the time he arrived, he claimed to have already been planning to leave the NSA.  He had planned on robbing the Contras blind and fleeing, but soon discovered they were desperately poor.  After leading the Contras in seizing a landing strip that the Colombian cocaine smugglers were using as a staging area before moving on to the United States, Bullseye planned to invite several organized crime heads to the airfield to broker a new deal with him.  He took their money, but before the deal could be finalized, the Punisher (Frank Castle) arrived.  Castle killed all the organized crime leaders in a fiery explosion from which Bullseye barely escaped.  The two engaged in a fierce battle, where Bullseye used some blood-reddened mud to paint a bull's-eye on his forehead, mocking Castle's inability to hit him.  The fight concluded when Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrived, and the Punisher fled.  Bullseye turned himself in to the D.E.A. agents and soon was assigned to infiltrate the Kingpin's criminal empire.  He obtained a costume, fled once again, and became one of the most dangerous hitmen in the world.

Bullseye soon battled (and defeated) Daredevil at a circus in order to establish his reputation as an extortionist.  Shortly after, Daredevil by chance overheard him in the midst of an extortion attempt and captured him.  Bullseye was later hired by Maxwell Glenn to kill Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson, until Daredevil interfered.  Although Bullseye defeated him again, Daredevil escaped with his life, and Bullseye's professional reputation was damaged as a result.  Seeking to regain his credibility, he challenged Daredevil on live television, but was soundly defeated.

While in prison, he learned that the Kingpin had employed a new chief assassin named Elektra, Daredevil's former lover.  After escaping prison, Bullseye attacked Elektra and impaled her on her own sai. This failed to convinced the Kingpin, who said he would only rehire him if he killed Daredevil.  Bullseye attempted to ambush Daredevil, but their battle ended with Daredevil dropping him from atop a telephone wire.  The multi-story fall broke Bullseye's back, paralyzing him.  During Bullseye's extended hospital stay following the fall, Daredevil broke into his hospital room and forced him to participate in a two-man variation on Russian roulette.  The revolver used in the game was secretly unloaded, but Daredevil had Bullseye take the even-numbered turns so that he would feel sure that the last shot was going to kill him.  Bullseye has repeatedly cited this incident as his greatest grudge against Daredevil.

Japanese scientist Lord Dark Wind liberated Bullseye and brought him to Japan, where he laced his bones with adamantium, thus restoring his mobility.  Lord Dark Wind did this so that Bullseye would work for him as an assassin in return, but in spite the favor done for him, Bullseye refused to work for free.  He instead made another play to regain the position of chief assassin for the Kingpin, who again said he would give him the position if he killed Daredevil, knowing he would fail.  He was lated hired by the villain Mysterio to attack and confuse Daredevil.  In the course of their battle, Bullseye killed Daredevil's longtime love interest, Karen Page, with one of Daredevil's own billy clubs.

Bullseye eventually made his way back to Hell's Kitchen and arrived at Shadowland, Daredevil's fortress, where he was confronted by Daredevil and a legion of Hand ninjas.  Bullseye was unprepared for his enemy's newfound ruthlessness, as Daredevil dislocated both his shoulders and then stabbed him through the heart with his own sai, in much the same way Bullseye had killed Elektra years before.  Daredevil later exhumed Bullseye's corpse, intending to resurrect him as a soldier loyal to the Hand, but the ceremony was interrupted by various superheroes, preventing Bullseye's resurrection.  It was later revealed that Bullseye was still barely alive as his body disappeared after the battle, but due to his injuries he became an invalid who had to rely on a metal lung in order to survive.  To get revenge, he was revealed to be the mastermind behind Klaw, Coyote, and Ikari's actions against Daredevil.  He was later found by the hero, who defeated Ikari and Lady Bullseye.  The warehouse where they were was subsequently destroyed, and Bullseye was nearly drowned in radioactive waste, leaving him scarred and blind.

This will be the second time the character will appear in live action, after Colin Farrell in the 2003 movie Daredevil.

Daredevil Season 3 is expected to be released on Netflix sometime in 2018.

Monday, May 14, 2018

TITANS Spinoff DOOM PATROL Gets Series Order from DC Universe

DC's strangest heroes are finally getting their own series.

Deadline has word that the upcoming digital service DC Universe has given a straight-to-series order for Doom Patrol, based on the DC Comics superteam.  The live-action drama series has received an order for 13 episodes and will spin out of the events of the Titans TV series.

The Doom Patrol is expected to debut in the fifth Titans episode, "The Doom Patrol", written by Geoff Johns.  The spinoff series should star Bruno Bichir as The Chief, April Bowlby as Elasti-Girl, Dwain Murphy as Negative Man, and Jake Michaels as Robotman

The series is the sixth DC Comics adaptation in development for DC Universe, after the animated series Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders, and the live-action series Titans, Swamp Thing and Metropolis

According to the article, Doom Patrol is described as "a re-imagining of the beloved group of outcast superheroes: 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."

In addition, the series will pick 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."

Supernatural's Jeremy Carver will write and executive produce the series with Geoff Johns (Titans), Greg Berlanti and Berlanti Productions’ Sarah Schechter.  Berlanti Productions will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Created in 1963 by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani, The Doom Patrol first appeared in
My Greatest Adventure #80 as a team of super-powered misfits brought together by Dr. Niles Caulder, a.k.a. The Chief, to protect the innocent and fight crime, and to teach humanity to accept others who live as ostracized "freaks," who have been radically transformed from terrible accidents.  Eventually, tragedy struck when the Doom Patrol's enemies, the Brotherhood of Evil, threatened a small New England fishing village.  The Patrol members opted to sacrifice themselves to save the innocents, and were killed in an explosion.

Although initially believed to have been killed by Madame Rouge, Cliff's brain had survived. Will Magnus, the robotics expert who created the Metal Men, recovered Cliff's brain and built him a new body.  Cliff then joined a new Doom Patrol headed by a woman claiming to be Caulder's wife, Arani.  Refusing to believe that Niles was dead, she formed this new team to search for him and took his place as leader, calling herself Celsius, due to her heat-and-cold-based powers.  This new Doom Patrol was eventually almost all killed in action, with the exceptions of Cliff, Tempest, Negative Woman, and Rhea Jones (who remained comatose).  Caulder had turned up alive by this time, and denied having been married to Arani, although he admitted having known her.

Cliff voluntarily committed himself to an asylum, having fallen into a state of depression due to his condition and the loss of his teammates.  In particular, he was angry about being in a metal body and unable to enjoy the feeling and senses that humans take for granted. Caulder sent Magnus to try to help Cliff, and he introduced Cliff to a person with "worse problems than [his]", a woman called Crazy Jane.  It was soon revealed that the Chief secretly caused the "accidents" which turned Cliff, Larry Trainor, and Rita Farr into super beings.  The Chief stated he caused them to gain their powers (or in the case of Robotman, destroyed his original body in order to obtain his brain to put into his robot body) because of his hatred for them.  He felt they were spoiled and narcissistic and shallow individuals, and that by turning them into "freaks," he could "improve" them as human beings.  He further revealed that he lied about not being married to Celsius, whom Caulder claimed was insane/lying about being married to him) out of anger.  He was upset over how the experiments performed on her (like with Elasti-Girl) only gave her super-powers and did not turn her into a freak.  When Tempest and Robotman found out his role in "creating" Robotman, Elasti-Girl, and Negative Man, Tempest was killed and Robotman paralyzed. Having been exposed as a villain, Caulder planned to unleash nanobots into the world, hoping to create a catastrophe that would "improve" humanity, regardless of the carnage it would cause.  However, Caulder's plan was hijacked by the Candlemaker, a violent cosmic horror who was freed by Dorothy Spinner in exchange for him resurrecting Tempest (whom Candlemaker killed once again).  Candlemaker then decapitated Caulder and sought to use the nanobots to enslave humanity.  Dorothy, Crazy Jane and Robotman (freed by the former two) defeated the Candlemaker.

In the current DC Comics continuity known as "The New 52", the Doom Patrol went on a mission to capture the Ring of Volthoom, which had attached itself onto a woman named Jessica Cruz.  Their mission put them in opposition of the Justice League.  However, it was revealed by Lex Luthor that Caulder caused the team's respective accidents, forcing them to lose morale and give up.  It is also revealed that Caulder poisoned an entire fishing village as part of an experiment, and cured the residents only after Luthor discovered the truth and threatened to expose him.

This will be the first time the Doom Patrol will have their own television series, although they've appeared in various animated projects, including the Teen Titans animated series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the DC Nation animated shorts, and a cameo in the animated film Justice League: The New Frontier.

Doom Patrol is expected to premiere on DC Universe sometime in 2019.