In an exclusive review of DC Universe’s Doom Patrol, Splash Report dishes on the first episode of the upcoming series. As the misfits essentially of DC, Doom Patrol stars Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Negative Man (Dwain Murphy), Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby) and Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), who are led by modern-day mad scientists Dr. Niles Caulder and Cyborg (Joivan Wade).
Below is a synopsis/review of the first episode of Doom Patrol by “Ludens”:
So what did I think of the first episode DOOM PATROL? I LOVED it. Out of all of the streaming service’s properties, this is now my most anticipated. Why? Because Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, and co have struck a perfect balance between the X-Men comics and Marvel Netflix shows with this series. Blending realistic adult themes and dialogue with superhero campiness has proved to be an excellent choice, and far more effective than the rest of the DC Universe’s titles (even though I’ve liked all of them). Here’s my take on the pilot episode of DC’s DOOM PATROL.
DOOM PATROL opens in 1948 Panama. An ex-Nazi scientist, Von Fuchs meets with a character that may or may not be important later. This scene is cool, but what caught me off-guard was just how darkly humorous it was. See, DOOM PATROL doesn’t shy away from its wacky concept but instead embraces it for comedic (and often heartfelt) effect. There are only certain ways a show can get away with a Nazi making a machine that disembodies a man’s face all-the-while making jokes about it next to an albino donkey, and DOOM PATROL did that. From there we jump to the 1980s where we are introduced to Cliff Steele, aka Robotman (who is now confirmed to be played by Brendan Fraser!!), and we get to see his life as it was before the “accident.” His wife, his daughter. Cliff’s a racer— high octane, daredevil type. Okay, maybe you’re thinking this sounds a bit cliché but wait. I don’t want to get into it anymore for the sake of spoiling what happens, but let’s say the archetypes you think are happening, aren’t.
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Doom Patrol is set to premiere in 2019.
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