DC - grant morrison /tags/grant-morrison en The Green Lantern is a Psychedelic Space Trip Across the Stars /blog/2020/11/09/the-green-lantern-is-a-psychedelic-space-trip-across-the-stars <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>The Green Lantern is a Psychedelic Space Trip Across the Stars</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Rosie Knight</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Monday, November 9, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>24ֱ are a playground for the creative mind. Technically, there are no limits but your own imagination and the blue lines on the pages, but superhero stories often come with editorial edicts to fulfil, villains that they must beat, or events that they have to crossover with. Stories that fit those boundaries are often the best remembered—<em>Crisis on Infinite Earths</em>, <em>Flashpoint, </em>and<em> Reign of the Supermen </em>all immediately come to mind. Occasionally, though, a creative team is given complete freedom to create something utterly mind blowing, unique and strange.</p> <p>It’s hard to think of a better example of that right now than <a href="/graphic-novels/the-green-lantern-2018/the-green-lantern-vol-1-intergalactic-lawman" target="_blank"><em>The Green Lantern.</em></a> Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp's take on the classic squadron of heroes feels like an event in its own right. Over the 20-plus issues we’ve gotten so far—divided between two different “seasons”—the team dissects and subverts the idea of what a classic comic is with an attention to detail that's only born out of a deep love for the medium. Nearly every issue works as a single adventure in the surreal world of Hal Jordan, while also crafting a world-shattering arc that never feels forced.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/TGLv1_cov_5fa60463f29433.33321077.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1075px;" /></p> <p><em>The </em><em>Green Lantern</em> feels both radical and familiar, like it's breaking all the rules while also following them to a tee. It's a comic book series built on these kinds of contradictions and I mean that as the biggest possible compliment.</p> <p><em>The Green Lantern</em> works as both a soft reboot for the heroic Hal Jordan as well as a greatest hits of his wild past. Morrison digs into the esoteric history of the character, leaning into the obvious psychedelic potential of having an alien-gifted, mind-controlled superpower. Although the series’ first issue might lean into the classic superhero origin story with Sharp playing with our expectations and Morrison stripping Hal's motivations down to a core, it ends on a brutal note that hints at what's to come. Take note of those hints, too. If you want it to be, this series is a puzzle box waiting to be solved, and there are plenty of clues on the way. But the joy of what Morrison and Sharp create is that you can either play detective or be surprised at the close.</p> <p>Sharp gets to flex his creative muscles in a way that we rarely get to see in modern superhero comics. Each issue gives the chance for the artist to explore something incredible. Though the setup may essentially be a police procedural in space, Sharp crafts everything from a showdown with God to a world that exists entirely within the confines of the Power Ring. His style spans the spectrum of techniques and wilds of space in a way that makes <em>The Green Lantern </em>feel utterly immersive and totally unique. Of course, Oliff plays a large part in that, creating an intergalactic palette that defies belief yet feels utterly grounded in reality.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/TGL_6_5fa604eb99fe19.96364325.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;" /></p> <p>Even though the procedural nature and engrossing art makes this a great read for new Lantern fans, Morrison also goes out of their way to delve into the deepest realms of Lantern lore. This series offers up new and unique takes on the Darkstars, Controllers and even the Guardians of the Universe that will delight deep-cut DC fans. That each issue basically delivers a different experience and genre exploration makes <em>The Green Lantern</em> wholly unique within DC’s shared continuity. That holds especially true when you consider that despite the fun the creative team has with the medium, they also manage to craft an engaging overarching conspiracy that surprises and builds. </p> <p>Something else that is particularly enjoyable and unexpected about this iteration of the Lantern Corps is how many lanterns we actually get to meet. Morrison digs into their comics career, bringing back numerous lanterns that they introduced in previous series. Without spoiling too much, you can expect to see heroes like Magic Lantern, who first appeared in the writer's run on <em>Animal Man</em>, and Hank Hallmark from the lauded <em>Multiversity</em> series. There are also plenty of radical iterations included like Kai-Ro and Bat-Lantern. Like most of Morrison's best work, this is a book that makes it clear just how much the writer loves the world that they're playing in.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/TGL_3_5fa6051ab67eb5.58339009.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1079px;" /></p> <p>In these stressful times, we all need an escape and <em>The Green Lantern</em> offers us one, not only as an intergalactic adventure but also as a creative one. Getting to lose ourselves in the art of others is a joy, especially when it's this unchained and experimental. It helps that Sharp and Morrison are a match made in heaven. The worlds they create are immersive and the stories they tell are engaging. It's refreshing to see a superhero comic that takes such big swings and always hits. And after all, who hasn't wanted to see a superhero arrest God?</p> <p><br /><em><a href="/comics/the-green-lantern-season-two-2020/the-green-lantern-season-two-9" target="_blank">The Green Lantern: Season Two #9</a> by Grant Morrison. LIam Sharp and Steve Oliff is available in stores and <a href="https://www.readdc.com/The-Green-Lantern-2018-9/digital-comic/T2059100095001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Jc3N1ZXM" target="_blank">as a digital comic book</a> tomorrow. New to the world of The Green Lantern? Start with <a href="/graphic-novels/the-green-lantern-2018/the-green-lantern-vol-1-intergalactic-lawman" target="_blank">The Green Lantern Vol. 1: Intergalactic Lawman,</a> available in print and <a href="https://www.readdc.com/The-Green-Lantern-2018-Vol-1-Intergalactic-Lawman/digital-comic/T1926000018301?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Db2xsZWN0ZWRFZGl0aW9ucw" target="_blank">as a digital graphic novel.</a></em></p> <p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Rosie Knight writes about comics, movies and TV for DC24ֱ.com, Nerdist, IGN and The Hollywood Reporter. For her take on another groundbreaking Grant Morrison series, check out her recent article on <a href="/blog/2020/10/08/how-grant-morrisons-jla-saved-dcs-biggest-heroes" target="_blank">how their JLA saved DC's biggest heroes.</a> Follow Rosie on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/RosieMarx" target="_blank">@RosieMarx</a>.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/the-green-lantern" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the green lantern</a>, <a href="/tags/green-lantern-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Green Lantern</a>, <a href="/tags/hal-jordan" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">hal jordan</a>, <a href="/tags/green-lantern-corps" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">green lantern corps</a>, <a href="/tags/grant-morrison" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">grant morrison</a>, <a href="/tags/grant-morrison-green-lantern" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">grant morrison green lantern</a>, <a href="/tags/liam-sharp" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">liam sharp</a>, <a href="/tags/liam-sharp-green-lantern" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">liam sharp green lantern</a>, <a href="/tags/psychedelic-green-lantern" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">psychedelic green lantern</a>, <a href="/tags/psychedelic-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">psychedelic comics</a>, <a href="/tags/surreal-green-lantern" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">surreal green lantern</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/dcu" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dcu</a>, <a href="/tags/the-green-lantern-vol-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the green lantern vol. 1</a>, <a href="/tags/the-green-lantern-vol-1-review" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the green lantern vol. 1 review</a>, <a href="/tags/the-green-lantern-vol-1-breakdown" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the green lantern vol. 1 breakdown</a>, <a href="/tags/the-green-lantern-season-two-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the green lantern: season two</a>, <a href="/tags/the-green-lantern-season-two-review" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the green lantern: season two review</a>, <a href="/tags/the-green-lantern-season-two-breakdown" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the green lantern: season two breakdown</a>, <a href="/tags/hal-jordan-space-trip" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">hal jordan space trip</a>, <a href="/tags/rosie-knight" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">rosie knight</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/11/09/the-green-lantern-is-a-psychedelic-space-trip-across-the-stars" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="The Green Lantern is a Psychedelic Space Trip Across the Stars" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Mon, 09 Nov 2020 18:00:00 +0000 Rosie Knight 466502 at /blog/2020/11/09/the-green-lantern-is-a-psychedelic-space-trip-across-the-stars#comments How Grant Morrison's JLA Saved DC's Biggest Heroes /blog/2020/10/08/how-grant-morrisons-jla-saved-dcs-biggest-heroes <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>How Grant Morrison&#039;s JLA Saved DC&#039;s Biggest Heroes</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Rosie Knight</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 12:05</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>The '90s were a wild time for comics. The industry went from niche market to worldwide business leader. DC and Marvel became household names and a group of young superstar artists broke away from the big two system to found Image 24ֱ. A historical auction changed how the world saw the once disposable collectability of comic books and the speculation boom made sales soar with millions of issues flying off shelves each week.</p> <p>But booms often lead to crashes and that's exactly what happened after the comics business bubble burst. The crash hit the industry in 1996, causing chaos and leaving many fans with boxes full of first issues that they thought they could build a nest egg with. As the comics world tried to look back at what went wrong, one writer was looking to the future and reshaping superhero comics forever. Grant Morrison, Howard Porter and John Dell were crafting a run that would quickly become DC's biggest seller. The juxtaposition of a deep understanding of what makes superhero comics work with an unprecedented level of risk-taking makes for a series that still feels exciting and bombastic over two decades later.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/JLA1_5f7f5f370b9569.89858191.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1080px;" /></p> <p>Though it's DC's flagship team and historically features the trinity of the company's most famous heroes, the '90s were rough on the members of the Justice League. Flagging sales for their spinoff series meant that something had to change. Slowly, a plan came together. A summer miniseries reintroduced readers to the Justice League of America, but it wasn't until November 1996 that Morrison, Porter and Dell reimagined the team under the title <em>JLA</em>. Like much of Morrison's best work, the series at first appears to be a back-to-basics take on superheroes. The team was a solid and simple one: Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. But really, he was building something much, much bigger.</p> <p>The allegorical theological nature of superheroes has always bubbled under the surface. From Superman's obvious biblical influences to the fact that the omnipotent beings often act as the ultimate patriarchal and matriarchal figures, the idea of superheroes as gods is not a new one. But in <em>JLA,</em> Morrison puts it front and center. Here are the heroes that you grew up with definitively presented as all-powerful beings who are humanity's last line of defense. Heroes who can take down anything that comes at them from alien invaders to super-powered government goons. This vision of the <em>JLA</em> is so omnipotent that they can no longer reside on Earth and instead look down from the skies at the humans below from their moon base.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/JLA_Earth_5f7f5f6e37a321.28317781.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 885px;" /></p> <p>It's easy to imagine that a book which focuses so heavily on the idea of superheroes-as-gods could be dry or overly serious, but every page of <em>JLA</em> is bursting with hyper-muscled action. Superman is still rocking his mullet, Aquaman sports a bushy beard and a harpoon hand, and Batman has a sardonic sense of humor. Porter’s pencils and Dell’s inks bring a '90s extremity to every Big Hero moment. Just like Morrison's recent work on <em>The Green Lantern</em>, <em>JLA </em>is a distillation of what Morrison loves about superhero comics mixed with his own tendency for the strange.</p> <p>In this world, the first antagonists that the superheroes are forced to face down are basically reflections of themselves. The Hyperclan are aliens who claim to be the saviors humanity needs. And just like they did when superheroes revealed themselves, the population of the world follows the Hyperclan's every move, even when they revert to extreme violence. Holding a mirror up to the idea of superheroes and their apparent policing of the world is a theme that runs through Morrison's best work and he really honed it during this 30+ issue run.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/JLA_BlueSuperman_5f7f5fe53ca459.39472998.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1079px;" /></p> <p>Though the series began as a back-to-basics take on the team, as the JLA grew Morrison inserted plenty of moments that belie those straightforward origins. The writer takes joy in introducing new legacy heroes like Kyle Rayner, Steel and Connor Hawke. Melding the old and the new is another tenet of Morrison's work that he built on here, crafting a sprawling team which changed and adapted as the rest of the DC Universe needed it too. One of the most-discussed moments of the series is the appearance of Blue Superman, who only ended up in <em>JLA </em>due to his editorial needs outside of the book, but the team manages to make it feel like a natural highlight.</p> <p>If '90s comics have never really been your thing and the extreme nature of it all has always seemed a little more style than substance, then this is the series you need to read. Not only did it herald the modern age of meta-superhero stories, but it's also a grandiose, action-packed adventure that features more mullets, aliens, bad guys and heroes than you can shake a stick at.</p> <p><br /><em>Grant Morrison's first two storylines on JLA with artists Howard Porter and John Dell were recently published <a href="/graphic-novels/jla-1997/jla-new-world-order-dc-essential-edition" target="_blank">in a new DC Essential Edition. </a>You can also read the full run in print or <a href="https://www.readdc.com/JLA-1997-2006/comics-series/2665?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">digitally.</a></em></p> <p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Rosie Knight writes about comics, movies and TV for DC24ֱ.com, Nerdist, IGN and The Hollywood Reporter. For another look at one of DC's groundbreaking storylines, check out her article <a href="/blog/2020/05/06/loss-at-sea-the-still-shocking-aquaman-death-of-a-prince" target="_blank">on the still-shocking Aquaman: Death of a Prince.</a> Follow Rosie on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/RosieMarx" target="_blank">@RosieMarx</a>.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/jla" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jla</a>, <a href="/tags/justice-league-of-america" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">justice league of america</a>, <a href="/tags/grant-morrison" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">grant morrison</a>, <a href="/tags/grant-morrisons-jla" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">grant morrison&#039;s jla</a>, <a href="/tags/importance-of-grant-morrisons-jla" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">importance of grant morrison&#039;s jla</a>, <a href="/tags/howard-porter" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">howard porter</a>, <a href="/tags/john-dell" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">john dell</a>, <a href="/tags/jla-by-grant-morrison" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jla by grant morrison</a>, <a href="/tags/justice-league-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Justice League</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Superman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/green-lantern-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Green Lantern</a>, <a href="/tags/flash" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Flash</a>, <a href="/tags/the-flash-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">The Flash</a>, <a href="/tags/aquaman-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Aquaman</a>, <a href="/tags/martian-manhunter" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">martian manhunter</a>, <a href="/tags/1990s-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">1990s comics</a>, <a href="/tags/90s-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">&#039;90s comics</a>, <a href="/tags/comic-book-crash" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">comic book crash</a>, <a 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href="/tags/blue-superman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">blue superman</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-blue-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superman blue</a>, <a href="/tags/rosie-knight" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">rosie knight</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/10/08/how-grant-morrisons-jla-saved-dcs-biggest-heroes" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="How Grant Morrison&#039;s JLA Saved DC&#039;s Biggest Heroes" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 08 Oct 2020 19:05:06 +0000 Rosie Knight 466136 at /blog/2020/10/08/how-grant-morrisons-jla-saved-dcs-biggest-heroes#comments First Look: Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham Return to Batman /blog/2020/09/14/first-look-grant-morrison-and-chris-burnham-return-to-batman <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>First Look: Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham Return to Batman</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Monday, September 14, 2020 - 09:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/DETECTIVE-COMICS-Cv1027_5f5c1b05394787.69394245.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1076px;" /></p> <p>Grant Morrison kicked off his impressive stint writing Batman comics by reintroducing Bruce Wayne’s son Damian as the Dark Knight’s newest Robin. From there, he seemingly killed Batman before sending him on an unforgettable jaunt through history. Around the same time, Morrison teamed with artist Chris Burnham for <em>Batman and Robin </em>and <em>Batman Incorporated, </em>two remarkable and still-fresh Bat-comics that spun the idea of Batman in two entirely new directions, introducing characters and concepts like Doctor Hurt and Leviathan in the process.</p> <p>In short, when these two creators turn their attention to the Dark Knight, you want to pay attention. Even if it’s only for a few brilliant pages.</p> <p>With so many creative powerhouses contributing to this week’s milestone <a href="/comics/detective-comics-2016/detective-comics-1027" target="_blank"><em>Detective 24ֱ #1027, </em></a>which marks the 1,000<sup>th</sup> issue of <em>Detective 24ֱ </em>to feature Batman, there aren’t really <em>any </em>pages in the graphic novel-length issue not worth a look. However, readers who were there for Morrison and Burnham’s previous time with the Bat—along with those who have yet to discover those storylines—will particularly enjoy the team’s cheeky new contribution. Titled “Detective #26,” the story introduces us to Golden Age Gotham’s newest nighttime protector—the Silver Ghost!</p> <p>Not who you were expecting? Then you should definitely <a href="/reader/#/comics/453936" target="_blank">check out our exclusive first look at this new story</a> to learn who this guy is. And if you’re wondering what any of this has to do with Batman…well, you’ll just have to read the full story when <em>Detective 24ֱ #1027 </em>hits shops and digital retailers tomorrow!</p> <p align="center"><a href="/reader/#/comics/453936" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/DTC1027Preview_5f5c1c7c2d7658.68642206.jpg" style="width: 755px; height: 390px;" /></a></p> <p><em><a href="/comics/detective-comics-2016/detective-comics-1027" target="_blank">Detective 24ֱ #1027 </a>is in stores</em><em> and available digitally on Tuesday, September 15.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/detective-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">detective comics</a>, <a href="/tags/detective-comics-1027" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" 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/blog/2020/09/14/first-look-grant-morrison-and-chris-burnham-return-to-batman#comments First Look: Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp's The Green Lantern Returns /blog/2020/02/03/first-look-grant-morrisons-the-green-lantern-returns <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>First Look: Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp&#039;s The Green Lantern Returns</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Monday, February 3, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/THE%20GREEN%20LANTERN%20SEASON%20TWO%201-CVR_5e34fe52525f04.06077244.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1076px;" /></p><p>Having successfully completed his mission and survived his dangerous detour into the alternate reality of the Blackstars, Hal Jordan is back—and so are writer Grant Morrison and artist Liam Sharp—for a second “season” of the surreal, smart sci-fi adventure, The Green Lantern. If you’ve read the first twelve issues of the series, you know to expect the unexpected when it comes to Morrison’s take on the heroic Green Lantern Corps, and true to form, <em>The Green Lantern Season Two #1 </em>starts with quite a twist—the Guardians of the Universe are leaving Oa, seemingly for good.</p><p>So much for this particular reunion. But where are the Guardians going? Why are they going? And what does it mean for Hal and the Corps? Why, another adventure, of course! This time to find the Guardians’ replacements. Change is a good thing, right? Clearly nothing will go wrong with replacing the immortal peacekeepers and creators of the Green Lantern Corps with young, new upstarts!</p><p>But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, let’s just enjoy Hal’s triumphant return in this exclusive sneak peek at this highly anticipated new comic.</p><p align="center"></p><p><em><a href="/comics/the-green-lantern-season-two-2020/the-green-lantern-season-two-1" target="_blank">The Green Lantern Season Two #1</a> by Grant Morrison, Liam Sharp and Steve Oliff is in stores Wednesday, February 12.</em></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/green-lantern-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Green Lantern</a>, <a href="/tags/the-green-lantern" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the green lantern</a>, <a 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Lantern Returns" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Mon, 03 Feb 2020 18:00:00 +0000 Tim Beedle 450496 at /blog/2020/02/03/first-look-grant-morrisons-the-green-lantern-returns#comments What (or Who) is Leviathan? /blog/2019/06/12/what-or-who-is-leviathan <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>What (or Who) is Leviathan?</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Joshua Lapin-Bertone</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 12:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>Leviathan is ready to strike, and the DC Universe may not be the same once they’re finished. The heroes of the DC Universe have fought their fair share of clandestine organizations in the past, so this all may seem like old hat, but Leviathan is different. Leviathan is the pinnacle of the DC Universe’s covert pyramid. They might be twelve steps ahead of you before you even realize their existence…or that they’ve been monitoring you and your family for the past three years. The fearsome reach of this organization is not exclusive to the comics either. During the season finale for The CW’s <em><a href="/tv/supergirl" target="_blank">Supergirl,</a></em> it was revealed that Leviathan had even been controlling Lex Luthor. That’s right, <em>Lex Freakin’ Luthor!</em></p><p>We’ll have to wait until the fall to see how Leviathan will factor into Season 5 of <em>Supergirl</em>, but the organization is already making its dark mark in the comics with <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Event-Leviathan-2019-1/digital-comic/T1948900015001" target="_blank">Event Leviathan,</a></em> a crucial new miniseries that’s poised to change the fabric of the DCU forever. The events setting up Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s new mini have been playing out in the pages of <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Action-24ֱ-2016/comics-series/71637" target="_blank">Action 24ֱ,</a></em> but if you haven’t been following that, don’t worry. Here’s some intel from our dossier which should bring you up to speed…</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/06-JUN/Leviathan1_5d0141d4d84cf4.61725630.jpg" style="width: 834px; height: 230px;" /></p><p>Leviathan is a worldwide criminal organization shrouded in secrecy. Their ranks are filled with assassins, super-powered warriors and some of the best scientific minds on the planet. The organization was first seen in 2010’s <em>Batman: The Return</em>, and their threat was so great that it resulted in Batman seriously stepping up his game. To combat Leviathan, Bruce Wayne started a global initiative of Dark Knights called “Batman Incorporated.” At the time, it was compared to McDonalds or Starbucks, with Batman being the commodity franchised around the world. It may sound quaint or even funny, but it was done because that’s how dangerous Leviathan was. It needed a global army of Batmen to combat it.</p><p>As the Batman vs. Leviathan saga continued in the pages of Grant Morrison’s <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-Incorporated-2010-2011/comics-series/4979" target="_blank">Batman Incorporated,</a></em> the Dark Knight learned that Talia al Ghul was the leader of the organization. Talia was upset that Batman had spurned her advances and corrupted their son Damian into believing in his quest for justice.</p><p>Many of us have had to deal with angry exes before. Fortunately, it's highly unlikely that any of the angry exes were an al Ghul. Truly furious ex-boyfriends or -girlfriends might change the locks to your home or even key your car, but Talia started a worldwide criminal organization with a mind for world domination. So, you might want to keep things cordial should you ever find yourself on the outs with her.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/06-JUN/Leviathan2_5d0141f9230811.33999893.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p>In the end, another one of Batman’s ex-girlfriends, Kathy Kane, shot Talia and absorbed Leviathan’s resources into her espionage organization, Spyral. (By the way, is it weird that Batman has multiple ex-girlfriends heading different secret organizations? The guy may want to rethink what he’s looking for in a relationship.) Talia did eventually return, which should come as no surprise since her family is kind of famous for their hot tubs of immortality.</p><p>Now Leviathan is back, and the organization is dismantling some of the DC Universe’s most sacred foundations. If you ever thought that the world of DC had too many secret organizations, Leviathan has come up with a chilling solution to that problem. During the “Leviathan Rising” prequel storyline, which ran in <em>Action 24ֱ #1007-1011</em>, the group started taking down these secret organizations in an operation they called their Royal Flush. ARGUS, the DEO and many others have been targeted. In fact, one of the scariest sights of the entire event was a bruised and beaten Amanda Waller showing up at Clark Kent’s apartment begging for Superman’s help.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/06-JUN/Leviathan3_5d01421661a8e2.75429647.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 916px;" /></p><p>Amanda Waller is one of the toughest agents in the DCU, and the only thing stronger than her fury is her pride. To see her not only defeated, but admitting that she needs help, was a sight that shook me. Honestly, it should shake you too because Leviathan obviously means business and they’re just getting started. Right now, we’re just in the early stages of their campaign, and the true end goal of the organization is still a mystery. But when knocking Amanda Waller out is the first step of your campaign, I can’t imagine what horrors you have planned for your final act.</p><p>You might be asking, “Can’t Batman shut this whole thing down by working out a better shared custody plan with Talia?” Perhaps at one time, but things have moved beyond that. Leviathan is now bigger than Talia’s original agenda. In fact, Talia is now just another Leviathan pawn. During the <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Superman-Leviathan-Rising-Special-2019-1/digital-comic/T1950900015001" target="_blank">Superman: Leviathan Rising</a></em> one-shot, the former leader of Leviathan seemed to be under the thumb of the organization’s mysterious new leader…and none too happy about it.</p><p>Talia even had some of the organization’s men kidnap Clark Kent, hoping the Man of Steel would retaliate by dismantling Leviathan. Her plan failed, and Leviathan’s leader ejected Talia from the organization she started in the most dramatic, potentially life-endingly way possible.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/06-JUN/Leviathan6_5d0147bcb4ce17.96021871.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 692px;" /></p><p>Who is pulling the strings now? During <em>DC’s <a href="https://www.readdc.com/DCs-Year-of-the-Villain-Special-2019-1/digital-comic/T1977500015001" target="_blank">Year of the Villain #1,</a></em> Damian Wayne tells his father he thinks it’s Jason Todd, the antihero known as the Red Hood. Damian’s theory is interesting, but he hasn’t always shown the best judgement when it comes to Jason. He recently attacked Jason in the pages of <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Teen-Titans-2016-Annual-1/digital-comic/T1934900015001" target="_blank">Teen Titans Annual #1</a></em> over a misunderstanding, so I don’t think Damian can be considered an unbiased source of information.</p><p>So, who is Leviathan? Who has the power to take control from Talia al Ghul and send Amanda Waller running in fear? Who has the resources to elude great reporters like Lois Lane and Clark Kent? While it’s not clear if Damian Wayne’s theory is correct, he might be on the right track by telling us to look at the heroes instead of the villains. What if the person behind Leviathan is a corrupt superhero instead of a villain? And what will they do once they have control over every aspect of the DC Universe?</p><p><em>Event Leviathan </em>officially kicks off today, so we may soon have our answers. How will the DC Universe look once it’s all over? I may need somebody to hold my hand until the dust settles.</p><p><br /><em><a href="/comics/event-leviathan-1" target="_blank">Event Leviathan #1</a> by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev is now available in print and as a digital download.</em></p><p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Joshua Lapin-Bertone writes about TV, movies and comics for DC24ֱ.com and DCUniverse.com, and is a regular contributor to the Couch Club, our weekly television column. Follow him on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/TBUJosh" target="_blank">@TBUJosh.</a></em></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/leviathan" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">leviathan</a>, <a href="/tags/what-is-leviathan" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">what is leviathan?</a>, <a href="/tags/who-is-leviathan" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">who is leviathan?</a>, <a href="/tags/leviathan-101" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">leviathan 101</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-comics-101" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc comics 101</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-101" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc 101</a>, <a href="/tags/history-of-leviathan" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">history of leviathan</a>, <a href="/tags/talia-al-ghul" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">talia al ghul</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-incorporated" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman incorporated</a>, <a href="/tags/grant-morrison" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">grant morrison</a>, <a href="/tags/spyral" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">spyral</a>, <a href="/tags/damian-wayne" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">damian wayne</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Superman</a>, <a href="/tags/action-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">action comics</a>, <a href="/tags/brian-michael-bendis" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Brian Michael Bendis</a>, <a href="/tags/alex-maleev" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">alex maleev</a>, <a href="/tags/event-leviathan" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">event leviathan</a>, <a href="/tags/leviathan-rising" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">leviathan rising</a>, <a href="/tags/joshua-lapin-bertone" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joshua lapin-bertone</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2019/06/12/what-or-who-is-leviathan" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="What (or Who) is Leviathan?" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 19:00:00 +0000 Joshua Lapin-Bertone 446405 at /blog/2019/06/12/what-or-who-is-leviathan#comments Strange Appeal: How Doom Patrol Got its All-Star Cast /blog/2019/02/21/strange-appeal-how-doom-patrol-got-its-all-star-cast <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Strange Appeal: How Doom Patrol Got its All-Star Cast</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Sydney Bucksbaum</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p><a href="/tv/doom-patrol" target="_blank"><em>Doom Patrol</em> </a>may be the second live-action series to launch on DC Universe, but it's already poised to be one of the most original superhero series on any streaming service or network. With an all-star cast that includes Matt Bomer, Brendan Fraser, Timothy Dalton, Alan Tudyk, Diane Guerrero and more, this is going to be unlike any hero team-up you've ever seen before because of how un-heroic they all are.</p><p>"This is about a group of misfits," shares executive producer Sarah Schechter. "These are all characters that would maybe be like the sideshow or some sidekick. It’s all these sidekicks and all these strange characters that don't fit in in the world coming together. I love your unlikely hero and that is that is certainly the case here."</p><p>Executive producer Jeremy Carver reveals that while there are a lot of problems that the Doom Patrol needs to solve over the course of the first season, the show is really "about finding themselves."</p><p>"It’s about these five disparate individuals overcoming their own sense of otherness and self-loathing in some cases, really beginning to face why they're here, what has happened to them and what they're going to do about it," Carver reveals. "There's a real journey of self-discovery that’s happening over the course of the season amongst all the zaniness. It's not always a journey that ends with a bow wrapped around it, not everything is going to have a happy ending."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/02-FEB/source-DPL101C042220V1_5c6e2d26844760.86192937.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p><p><em>Doom Patrol</em> begins when race car driver Cliff Steele (Fraser) wakes up from a crash to realize his body was injured so badly that Dr. Niles Caulder (Dalton) could only save him by putting his brain into a metal robot. Things only get weirder from there as Robotman meets the other members of Caulder’s household who couldn't care less about coming together to form a team to save the world.</p><p>"The idea of being a team doesn't even enter their consciousness," Carver says. "They don't even consider themselves the Doom Patrol for most of the season. That's not who they are. They do encounter another Doom Patrol, or another early iteration of the Doom Patrol, but our main characters have a lot of coming to terms with who they are and who they were before they can really take any formative steps to becoming anything close to a team."</p><p>When it came to creating this hilarious and very meta series, Schechter says that "casting is everything."</p><p>"We knew that it could work, but now I forget that that's not Brendan in the suit and that Matt is not underneath those bandages," Schechter says. "Alan is like a literal two-dimensional character! We have cockroaches and farting donkeys and all these absolutely bananas things, but we keep it emotionally grounded and I think that was the hardest move to land with this team."</p><p>Because some members of the Doom Patrol were introduced in an earlier episode on <a href="/tv/titans"><em>Titans</em>, </a>the groundwork for building out the cast for the Doom Patrol series was already laid out.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/02-FEB/source-DPL101E018120V1_5c6e2d93252af6.31666210.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p><p>"April was actually in the <em>Titans </em>Doom Patrol episode and she was just so fantastic. The idea of finding anyone else just seemed impossible, so she was really the first person we cast," Schechter says. "And then we set out, as we always do, by casting everything at once. Matt was someone that we were really excited about, and the character’s gay, and we're excited about the idea of a gay actor playing the character."</p><p>Schechter considers herself a "big fan" of Bomer’s and said that part of the fun in casting him in the role of Larry Trainor was that he had never done a show like this before.</p><p>"But also, you're talking about this handsome leading man," she says of the former pilot turned reluctant hero. "Who would have the right stuff? It's Matt Bomer. He’s so charming and good-looking—a leading man—and for him to be that character felt so right."</p><p>When it came to casting Cliff aka Robotman, "Brendan really understood him," according to Schechter.</p><p>"I mean, it's a weird script, and if you look at everything that Brendan has done throughout his career, from <em>School Ties</em> to <em>George of the Jungle</em>, that's the range of Robotman," she adds. "He's a NASCAR driver in the ’80s and has a tattoo on his ass. It's really silly, but there's also so much pathos and darkness and torture, and he's guilt-ridden, so to find an actor that can do all of those things and pull off the mullet and pull off the heartbreak is not easy. Brendan has so much sensitivity as a human being and he brings that to the character in such a marvelous way."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/02-FEB/source-DPL101a012320V1_5c6e2de9144cd4.77122691.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p><p>Getting a former James Bond like Dalton was the cherry on top.</p><p>"For the Chief, we needed someone with a real gravitas," Schechter says. "We were really lucky. The Chief could be like this nefarious mustache-twirling, ‘What is he up to?’ You need to feel like our other characters totally care about him and would go to the ends of the earth for him, but maybe shouldn’t trust him. We needed Timothy, who can ground that and pull that off."</p><p>While there is already so much to pull from the comics for <em>Doom Patrol</em>, the showrunners decided to go even deeper with Larry on the series. Bomer's version of the iconic hero deals a lot with his own internalized homophobia and how he thinks his powers are a punishment for being gay.</p><p>"There's so much about these people and who they are now, feeling different," Carver says. "It was just interesting to me to have at least one of our characters who always felt different in a way and never really got to come to grips with it before he became yet even something else different. One of the more moving arcs of season one is watching Larry reconnect with who he was and actually reconnect in ways that will be seen in the show with his old life and his old lover, and watching him play that out with an honesty and a new appreciation for what was, what could have been and how that helps him to move forward with who he is now."</p><p>Carver teases that "it's a very emotional story" and ties in with his mission to "keep digging into these characters, who they were and what they're all about and not just living in the present."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/02-FEB/source-DPL103B030520V1_5c6e2e638ee827.04340457.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p><p>"It's such a heartbreaking story," Schechter says of Larry's past and present of struggling with his sexuality. "It’s set in the 1950s, but I think it'll resonate for audiences today because, unfortunately, I don't think it's a story that only exists in the past. It’s his journey to self-acceptance and challenging what masculinity is and how narrow that definition is and what does it mean to be macho, what does it mean to fit in and what does it mean to try to harness our own internal powers and capabilities."</p><p>Schechter calls Larry's story "really beautiful," and it's all thanks to Bomer. "Matt does such incredible work this season," she says. "To find an actor that can do all that and that you also buy as <em>Top Gun</em>, it's not easy. So, the list was just Matt."</p><p>When it came to finding the unique and odd tone that <em>Doom Patrol</em> introduces so perfectly in the first episode, Carver went straight to the Grant Morrison run of comics.</p><p>"I did not know about Doom Patrol before I came on," Carver admits. "Grant Morrison was the craziest and most heartfelt entry into this team. Seeing the liberties that were taken with it in tone, feel and style, it really touched so many things that I like, this idea of so much springing from pain."</p><p>Once he found the tone, Carver explains that the rest of the script just fell into place.</p><p>"The idea is that we can go anywhere and do anything and feel the highs and the lows, we can be high drama and we can be rather absurd drama," he says. "Sometimes it feels like we're walking on a bit of a tightrope in the things that we're balancing. But the idea with the first two episodes has been very much to lay down a marker for what we wanted to keep achieving episode after episode."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/02-FEB/source-DPL102D009720V1_5c6e2f1d3f7f87.79628067.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p><p>Something that is sure to surprise viewers is how Carver decided to structure the series, by making Tudyk's villain, Mr. Nobody, the narrator, with all his witty, sarcastic and hilarious thoughts serving as the backbone of the whole show.</p><p>"That’s Jeremy and his sense of humor for sure," Schechter says. "That was something that he and Greg spent a lot of time talking about specifically. There are so many other superhero shows that that have been made and this is a different kind of show."</p><p>Because Carver wasn't a passionate fan of comic books growing up, he brings a new perspective to the genre.</p><p>"This is his attitude. He finds ways to poke fun of it, to acknowledge the situation that we all find ourselves in," Schechter says. "I think it's really a stroke of genius. Villains drive plot so often, so it's nice to have not just the innocent bystander talk about what happened. To get that insight was a real stroke of genius."</p><p>Carver adds that making Mr. Nobody the narrator "added yet another wrinkle" to the show.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/02-FEB/source-DPL102A039620V1_5c6e2f7c1d28e4.73825856.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p><p>"I was hoping to pull off someone taking a delicious delight of telling a story where nothing was quite as it seems—an unreliable narrator who has very strong impressions of where this is going to end," he says. "You are forced to put yourself at his mercy to tell you what's what. I don't have a fancy-dancey way of saying that it just felt like the right thing to do."</p><p>And he reveals that "it was an enormous challenge."</p><p>"It was basically throwing down the biggest possible challenge I could have for myself, adding that element to it," he says with a big laugh. "It was a series of trial and error to be completely honest with you. And it wasn't until I hit across that first line of the show, when he’s groaning at the idea of more superheroes, that the voice really started to form itself in my head terms of everything that was meta about it."</p><p><br /><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Catch new episodes of Doom Patrol every Friday on DC Universe. <a href="http://www.dcuniverse.com/join" target="_blank">Click here to subscribe now.</a></em></p><p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Sydney Bucksbaum covers movies, TV and comics for DC24ֱ.com, and writes about Superman every month in her column, <a href="/blog/2019/02/01/super-here-forthe-long-awaited-family-reunion" target="_blank">"Super Here For..." </a>Follow her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/SydneyBucksbaum" target="_blank">@SydneyBucksbaum.</a></em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/doom-patrol" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol</a>, <a href="/tags/doom-patrol-cast" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol cast</a>, <a href="/tags/doom-patrol-casting" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol casting</a>, <a href="/tags/brendan-fraser" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">brendan fraser</a>, <a href="/tags/matt-bomer" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">matt bomer</a>, <a href="/tags/april-bowlby" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">april bowlby</a>, <a href="/tags/timothy-dalton" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">timothy dalton</a>, <a href="/tags/joivan-wade" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joivan wade</a>, <a href="/tags/diane-guerrero" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">diane guerrero</a>, <a href="/tags/alan-tudyk" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">alan tudyk</a>, <a href="/tags/doom-patrol-executive-producer" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol executive producer</a>, <a href="/tags/doom-patrol-showrunner" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol showrunner</a>, <a href="/tags/sarah-schechter" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">sarah schechter</a>, <a href="/tags/jeremy-carver" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jeremy carver</a>, <a href="/tags/jeremy-carver-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jeremy carver interview</a>, <a href="/tags/sarah-schechter-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">sarah schechter interview</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">#dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/grant-morrison" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">grant morrison</a>, <a href="/tags/sydney-bucksbaum" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">sydney bucksbaum</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2019/02/21/strange-appeal-how-doom-patrol-got-its-all-star-cast" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Strange Appeal: How Doom Patrol Got its All-Star Cast" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 20:00:00 +0000 Sydney Bucksbaum 445037 at /blog/2019/02/21/strange-appeal-how-doom-patrol-got-its-all-star-cast#comments Brendan Fraser Gears Up for his Doom Patrol Role /blog/2019/02/15/brendan-fraser-gears-up-for-his-doom-patrol-role <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Brendan Fraser Gears Up for his Doom Patrol Role</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Sydney Bucksbaum</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, February 15, 2019 - 09:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>If you're looking for a superhero team made up of some of the best, most generous and selfless people in the world, then <em>Doom Patrol</em> is not for you. DC Universe's delightfully wacky and offbeat team of weirdos is the most unlikely group of heroes you've ever seen. Brought together by the Chief (Timothy Dalton), each member of the unwilling group has been "saved" from certain death or unexplainable circumstances, resulting in unintended consequences, abilities or existences. And the Doom Patrol's newest recruit is Robotman (Brendan Fraser).</p><p>Formerly known as Cliff Steele, an arrogant, philandering, hard-talking racecar driver who now is just a human brain inside a giant metal robot body, Robotman is learning how to accept his new reality slowly, but surely. A tragic accident costs him his body, his family and his entire life, and that's where <em>Doom Patrol</em> picks up.</p><p>"It's just such great, unique source material and all the more reason to explore that," Fraser says of what makes this new series a must-watch. "This is a band of misfits who are social outcasts who really don't belong in the world at large. And they don't necessarily want to better themselves. They're not crimefighters. They're not squeaky clean. They're not looking to sign on with the Justice League anytime soon. They're not antiheroes, but they are ‘anti hero’ in a lot of ways."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/02-FEB/source-DPL102C027820V1_5c66331cd0e418.15745696.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p><p>When it comes to his character, Fraser calls Cliff Steele a "textbook narcissist."</p><p>"He's a daredevil by trade as a racecar driver, which he crashes and kills his wife and daughter," he says. "A bad thing happened for Cliff. I don't know if he earned what happened to him, but it does become his hubris. He wasn't such a stellar human, but he has another obscure long shot at being a better person. Through the trajectory of the season, we'll see that he makes incremental changes and he actually becomes a better human as a robot than he was a human as a human who drove robotic vehicles."</p><p>He laughs, then adds, "He was wrapped up in an engine before he became one, which is ironic! I really love that sort of a bookending structure for my character. He's irascible and he's cranky. He's got issues with authority."</p><p>One of the best dynamics fans will see on <em>Doom Patrol</em> is that of Robotman's unexpected rivalry with Cyborg (Joivan Wade), who makes his DC Universe debut here rather than on <em>Titans</em> as some fans may have expected.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/02-FEB/source-DPL102B016920V1_5c660c2e6b2ea0.57035179.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p><p>"He does not like Cyborg," Fraser says with a sardonic laugh. "I don't even know why he doesn't like Cyborg. It might have something to do with him looking like a lawnmower and Cyborg looks like an iPhone."</p><p>When told that maybe Robotman is insecure that there's only room for one robotic member of the team, Fraser shouts, "Yeah!" and laughs again.</p><p>"But think about it: Cyborg is more programmable through his father," Fraser adds. "Cliff is more of an analog anvil, bash, get-it-done, steampunk lookin' hunk of junk that will get you there. It might not be pretty, but it will get the job done. He can't be hacked. Cyborg is vulnerable in ways. So, there's that new and old debate, and they make a good pair. They don't get along at all, but that's usually the beginning of the best friendships."</p><p>Adding that it's "pretty fun to watch" the back-and-forth of Robotman and Cyborg, Fraser's favorite part is "the fluid ways that they disrespect each other."</p><p>"The writing is so fantastic," he says. "I get asked so much, how do I play the part when I'm not actually there on set?" (Fraser is only voicing the character. The man underneath the metal suit is actually Riley Shanahan, but fans will see Fraser as the human form of Cliff Steel in flashbacks.)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/02-FEB/source-DPL101a033820V1_5c66118b4c23e8.27715242.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p><p>"Truthfully, everyone has to do the same thing because it takes a team to make all of these characters happen," Fraser says of the partnership required to bring Robotman to life. "Between the practicality of the suit of armor, an actor, a stunt man wearing the mech suit—it's an elaborate costume. It's micro-designed. The performance that you give through that has to almost be like mask work in a way. You have to believe what's behind it."</p><p>Because "you don't see it articulated with facial expressions," Fraser and Shanahan have developed an unspoken dynamic to make sure the voice and actions match.</p><p>" and I have something in common—we were trained at the same college in Seattle some 20-odd years apart," Fraser says with another laugh. "We had some of the same instructors. I'd like to credit whatever we took out of that conservatory training as the reason why we can kind of think similarly about how to do the part without actually having to get on the phone and discuss it."</p><p>Again, Fraser brings it back to the writing. "It's all there on the page, for each character," he says. "There's no tip of the spear with this team. Everyone, over the course of the season, will definitely have their moment to carry the flag, and you'll learn more about them. There's a do-si-do pairing that goes on for everyone and the worlds that they're able to inhabit because the rulebook got tossed out the window when Grant Morrison got a hold of the material."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/02-FEB/source-DPL101b016620V1_5c6611d2a103c7.06782299.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1050px;" /></p><p>Calling the first season "dark and unflinching," Fraser is impressed with how showrunner Jeremy Carver was able to adapt the comic books for DC Universe.</p><p>"Jeremy has been valiant in maintaining that spirit with this show," he says. "Many of the major story beats and images are lifted right from the books. Whole tableau images are created for this show lifted straight from the world of the books, the look and design of the characters. It's a real 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' approach and I'm really happy for it."</p><p>While Fraser admits that he "straight up" hasn't watched "all or many" of the major DC films and shows, he did love Batman and Superman comic books when he was a kid.</p><p>"I had a big, thick anthology when I was eight of Superman, like an abridged version that I got,” he remembers. “My mom gave it to me in London when we lived in Europe. My favorite was when Superman went to Bizarro World—that stuff twisted my head and got my attention in the best way possible. I realized that's the spirit of what we're doing with <em>Doom Patrol</em>. We can go anywhere and the rules are what we make of them. And believe me, it does!"</p><p><br /><em>Doom Patrol debuts today on DC Universe. Not yet subscribed? <a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/join/" target="_blank">Click here to change that!</a></em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Sydney Bucksbaum covers movies, TV and comics for DC24ֱ.com, and writes about Superman every month in her column, <a href="/blog/2019/02/01/super-here-forthe-long-awaited-family-reunion" target="_blank">"Super Here For..." </a>Follow her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/SydneyBucksbaum" target="_blank">@SydneyBucksbaum.</a></em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/doom-patrol" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol</a>, <a href="/tags/doom-patrol-series" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol series</a>, <a href="/tags/doom-patrol-tv-series" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol tv series</a>, <a href="/tags/brendan-fraser" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">brendan fraser</a>, <a href="/tags/brendan-fraser-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">brendan fraser interview</a>, <a href="/tags/cliff-steele" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">cliff steele</a>, <a href="/tags/robotman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Robotman</a>, <a href="/tags/brendan-fraser-doom-patrol-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">brendan fraser doom patrol interview</a>, <a href="/tags/doom-patrol-premiere" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol premiere</a>, <a href="/tags/cyborg" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">cyborg</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">#dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/grant-morrison" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">grant morrison</a>, <a href="/tags/sydney-bucksbaum" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">sydney bucksbaum</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2019/02/15/brendan-fraser-gears-up-for-his-doom-patrol-role" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Brendan Fraser Gears Up for his Doom Patrol Role" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:00:00 +0000 Sydney Bucksbaum 444856 at /blog/2019/02/15/brendan-fraser-gears-up-for-his-doom-patrol-role#comments Doom Patrol's Alan Tudyk is Nobody /blog/2019/02/13/doom-patrols-alan-tudyk-is-nobody <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Doom Patrol&#039;s Alan Tudyk is Nobody</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Sydney Bucksbaum</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 13:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>Have you ever wanted to hear a superhero story from the point-of-view of the villain? If so, then you’re absolutely going to love Mr. Nobody.</p><p>DC Universe's second live-action series is flipping the script on what fans expect from the classic superhero team-up origin story. <em>Doom Patrol</em> (premiering Feb. 15) tells the story of how the most offbeat, inappropriate and unwilling comic book team comes together…but from the perspective of their biggest villain. That villain would be Mr. Nobody, brought to delicious life by <em>Firefly’s </em>Alan Tudyk. And since he's the one trying to destroy them all, it gives their tale of reluctant heroes a much-needed breath of fresh air.</p><p>This narrator isn't afraid of letting you know exactly how he feels about this group of "morons" and the superhero genre in general. He's like the worst of internet trolls come to life, if internet trolls were actually as funny as they seem to think they are. (Don’t be surprised if you find yourself laughing so hard that you need to rewind multiple times to make sure you can hear all his meta and sharp comments.)</p><p>But is Mr. Nobody a reliable narrator? Since we're only hearing his side of the story, with all his strong opinions and editorializing, it can be hard to trust that what we're seeing is how things are actually going down.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/02-FEB/MrNobody_5c646d4e2e4349.74991003.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1026px;" /></p><p>"It is what's happening," swears Tudyk. "He’s definitely spinning it for his benefit as he mocks his enemies, the Doom Patrol. He thinks they're a bunch of morons and he'll say it to them. 'Close your mouth. You have nothing to say.'"</p><p>Tudyk then laughs as he gets into the arrogant and boisterous voice of Mr. Nobody. "He’s a reliable narrator in that…ugh, he is unreliable!" he suddenly shouts, interrupting his previous explanation. "You don't know! He’s his own man. You don't know."</p><p>While Mr. Nobody is unlike any villain you've ever seen on a comic book show (note that no photos of him have been officially released, but you can get a quick glimpse of him in <a href="/videos/doom-patrol-dc-universe-meet-the-doom-patrol" target="_blank">the <em>Doom Patrol </em>trailer released earlier this week</a>), he does fall into the classic super-villain trap of monologuing. Only instead of monologuing at one crucial moment, it's all throughout the entire season.</p><p>"He's speaking like any villain where they say, 'This is what's going to happen and this is what's going to happen,'" Tudyk explains. "And then the hero may have a different idea of what's going on usually. That’s usually what the hero wants, but not this time, dammit! 'These aren't heroes!'"</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/02-FEB/source-DPL102D030720V1_5c646db49e6e05.81640489.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p><p>Just like Mr. Nobody is unlike any villain that’s come before, <em>Doom Patrol</em> is unlike any comic book show that has come before. "The 'superheroes' are messed up," Tudyk says with a laugh. "They're very likable, but they’re odd." </p><p>There's Robotman (Brendan Fraser), a human brain stuck inside a metal robot, Negative Man (Matt Bomer), a radioactive former WWII pilot with a negatively charged energy being stuck inside of him, Elasti-Girl (April Bowlby), a former Hollywood ingénue who can barely keep her body from melting into a giant blob and Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero) who keeps 64 different identities in check, each with a different superpower. And don't forget the mysterious leader Chief (Timothy Dalton) or half-man, half-robot Cyborg (Joivan Wade). And they're all being hunted by Mr. Nobody, a sociopath who looks like a two-dimensional representation of a fragmented shadow who can drain the sanity from human beings.</p><p>Needless to say, things get pretty wild, pretty quickly.</p><p>"My character Mr. Nobody, he’s got so much power, but he's an absurd individual," Tudyk says. "He loves the absurdity of existence and inflicting absurdity on people. It's crazy. There’s a roach that’s a born-again Christian! I'm looking forward to people seeing this world that can fit so much insanity inside of it and have it make sense."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/02-FEB/MrNobody2_5c646ee6d2a421.30651983.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;" /></p><p>DC Universe's live action <em>Doom Patrol </em>is mainly pulling from Grant Morrison's comic run from the '90s, and so to research this weird pocket of the DC canon, Tudyk read all the books from that run.</p><p>"In the comic books, Mr. Nobody creates the Brotherhood of Dada and we don’t do that ," Tudyk says. "So, I just studied the Dada art movement, Salvador Dali, and all the people behind him. They were always trying to push the idea of what is possible and what's outside the norm, and even just watching Salvador Dali in interviews, his flamboyance, his eccentricities, I borrowed from that."</p><p>When you first see Mr. Nobody, you meet him as Eric Morden, the regular human he once was before he becomes the shattered form of Mr. Nobody. As for how <em>Doom Patrol</em> takes Tudyk's form and creates the geometric void of Mr. Nobody, Tudyk has no idea.</p><p>"I don’t know, which is rare for me not to know!" he says with a laugh. "I've done a couple of films where I’ve played a CGI character and experienced that and I know a lot about the process that goes into it, because they were big movies. When I’m Mr. Nobody, I don’t know how they do it when I’m that fragmented version of me you'll see. They erase me except half my face. I don't know how they do that and replace me with this weird, fragmented black and white being. It's bizarre!"</p><p>After joking that it's just "Hollywood magic," Tudyk corrects it to "Burbank magic."</p><p>"I think it's done in Burbank," he says with another laugh.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/02-FEB/source-DPL101d006520V1_5c646f18c01301.64378163.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p><p>It's clear from the very first few seconds of <em>Doom Patrol</em> that despite the all-star cast of misfit superheroes, Tudyk really steals the show. He's having a ball bringing the narcissistic super-villain to life, and isn’t holding any of his broad comedy back. But he's also making sure that he keeps Mr. Nobody somewhat human.</p><p>"He's an emotional being and emotions are inherently human," he says. "The things that drive them are pretty basic: revenge, malice. That’s the stuff that motivates us every day! Stuff you feel every day on the roads of Los Angeles driving around. It's in the relationships with people, and my main relationship is with Timothy Dalton’s character, so it's in that and how our dance that we're doing goes on. I kidnap him early on, or I'm circling him and he kind of circles me as much as he can, but I have him. He’s not getting away very easy."</p><p>There's a lot to be surprised by with <em>Doom Patrol</em>. But Tudyk thinks that Mr. Nobody is going to be the biggest shock to viewers.</p><p>"What's going to be surprising is that he exists, for a lot of people," he says with a laugh. "There are definitely a lot of fans of Doom Patrol. There's generally a very strong fanbase of people who love that . It is so special. But I think for people who don't know Doom Patrol, they’re just going to be surprised by the existence of this character, this Joker-esque, malicious…there's another word. There's one more word! I'm going to say 'ne'er do well.' Ah ha! That's not it, really, but it's okay."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/02-FEB/source-DPS1GroupHallway350820V1_5c646f39620739.47532785.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 933px;" /></p><p>It's interesting to hear Tudyk call Mr. Nobody "Joker-esque" because he's also voicing the Joker on another DC Universe show, the upcoming animated Harley Quinn series. But he's not having any trouble keeping these two villains as completely separate characters.</p><p>"The worlds are very different," Tudyk says. "The sense of humor is very different. This one is serious. There's humor too, but it is ultimately a drama. <em>Harley Quinn</em> is full on comedy and I cuss a lot more. My Joker says 'f-k off' a lot. 'F-k me!'”</p><p>Bringing two iconic DC villains to life on the same streaming service at the same time is a big moment for Tudyk, who's always loved Batman. He considers "the whole Batman series" his favorite DC property.</p><p>"I don't know who's going to be the new Batman," he says with a grin. "Here we go! What's it going to be? We’re just moving through these. Sometimes you get a good one and sometimes, it’s wild. It’s such an interesting thing. You get new Batman and new Spider-Man all the time. It’s kind of perfect for comic books in that way. Like you have all these artists and writers, but it's the same characters."<br /> </p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em>Doom Patrol debuts on February 15th, only on DC Universe. Not yet subscribed? <a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/join/" target="_blank">Click here to change that!</a></em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Sydney Bucksbaum covers movies, TV and comics for DC24ֱ.com, and writes about Superman every month in her column, "Super Here For..." Follow her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/SydneyBucksbaum" target="_blank">@SydneyBucksbaum.</a></em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/doom-patrol" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol</a>, <a href="/tags/doom-patrol-series" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol series</a>, <a href="/tags/doom-patrol-tv-show" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol tv show</a>, <a href="/tags/alan-tudyk" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">alan tudyk</a>, <a href="/tags/alan-tudyk-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">alan tudyk interview</a>, <a href="/tags/doom-patrol-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol interview</a>, <a href="/tags/mr-nobody" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mr. nobody</a>, <a href="/tags/mister-nobody" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mister nobody</a>, <a href="/tags/brotherhood-of-dada" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">brotherhood of dada</a>, <a href="/tags/doom-patrol-villain" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol villain</a>, <a href="/tags/grant-morrison" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">grant morrison</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">#dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/who-is-mr-nobody" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">who is mr. nobody?</a>, <a href="/tags/sydney-bucksbaum" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">sydney bucksbaum</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2019/02/13/doom-patrols-alan-tudyk-is-nobody" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Doom Patrol&#039;s Alan Tudyk is Nobody" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 13 Feb 2019 21:00:00 +0000 Sydney Bucksbaum 444788 at /blog/2019/02/13/doom-patrols-alan-tudyk-is-nobody#comments Grant Morrison Talks Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 2 /blog/2018/10/02/grant-morrison-talks-wonder-woman-earth-one-vol-2 <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Grant Morrison Talks Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 2</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Joe McCabe</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 15:31</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>One of today's leading storytellers in any medium, Grant Morrison has broken new ground with each DC comic he's written, from ANIMAL MAN<em>, </em>ARKHAM ASYLUM, and DOOM PATROL straight on through to JLA<em>, </em>ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, and his epic run on BATMAN. His first solo book featuring the Amazon Princess, <a href="/graphic-novels/wonder-woman-earth-one-2016/wonder-woman-earth-one" target="_blank">WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE,</a> illustrated by Yanick Paquette, was a New York Times Bestseller upon its release in 2016; and this month sees the release of the second volume in what Morrison says will be a trilogy. We caught up with the scribe to find out more about this latest work. Here's what he had to tell us...</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/09-SEP/WWE1v_138-001_HD_5bb3ee909df518.17094430.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1076px;" /></p><p><strong>On his own favorite Wonder Woman comics...  </strong></p><p>My favorite stories are the really weird ones, and we’ll start to bring in some elements of those in the second one. We constantly introduce these new races, Queen Desira and Aphrodite’s world, and these races of super women who are constantly fighting off bizarre male-driven societies. was very much a fantasy book. It was very strange, magical. They would go anywhere. There were kangaroos that could jump across light years. Space kangaroos! Honestly, that’s right up my alley. So, nothing beats that for me. I don’t think there’s any other era of Wonder Woman that appeals to me in the same way as those stories, because I think they just capture the essential oddness of it.</p><p><strong>On the book's interpretation of Wonder Woman...</strong></p><p>I wasn’t so much trying to be timely. It was about trying to honor William Marston’s original version and thinking, "Okay, what would this be like?"</p><p>The Earth-One books are very much set in a contemporary, believable world, and it was the simplicity about what would happen if Marston’s ideas were taken seriously. Those are very strange ideas. You put them in the context of today’s politics, and gender politics, the whole thing that we’re dealing with, and they become quite provocative and quite extreme and strange. It was just to follow his lead, and to show the Amazons the way he showed them, which was, yes, a separatist race of technologically advanced super women. But they’re quite happy to use mind control on their enemies. They’re quite happy with that. Their idea of weapons of peace is to just control you and tell you what’s right. They don’t use bombs. They don’t use the traditional weapons that we’ve seen Amazons use in the past. They will control your mind. Right now, that’s a really interesting thing to explore. To see a society like that, which is very powerful, come up against a contemporary world and current politics and current affairs is incendiary to a certain degree.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/10-OCT/WWE1-v2_72_700_5bb3eee03a4e47.87504055.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1076px;" /></p><p><strong>On the book's version of Doctor Psycho as a pickup artist...</strong></p><p>The original Doctor Psycho was a hypnotist, a mesmerist, very much akin to the 1940s idea of the creepy hypnotist—the eyes would go blank and you would do as he said. He was very obviously a villain in those stories, this dwarfish, really creepy-looking character that you could not mistake for anything other than a bad guy.</p><p>We thought, "What’s the contemporary, modern version of that?"</p><p>So, I was looking towards the pickup artist community, and that stuff from Neil Strauss's book, <em>The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists</em>. A good friend of mine actually studied under Neil Strauss to learn all his techniques, so she could detect them when they were used against her. She became the world’s foremost female pickup artist.</p><p>So, we really went deep. The Doctor Psycho sequence where he sits and talks to Diana is actually based on the script used by pickup artists. Even the movements he makes, all the gestures—he makes these casting-off gestures every time he talks about something that you won’t have to perceive as negative—it was really tightly worked out to follow. They use scripts.</p><p>It’s a very strange thing , "I could weaponize this?" I liked the idea of taking that and Diana’s culture and her acceptance of mind control, to turn that against her, and to get under her defenses. Because she has a cultural willingness to accept that type of control.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/10-OCT/WWE1-v2_78_700_5bb3ef2b7233d8.03119019.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1076px;" /></p><p><strong>On the motivation for addressing</strong> <strong>mind control...</strong></p><p>Part of it was my revenge in having seen that done to someone I really cared about, to see the narcissist type, the sociopath type, and how easy it is for them to work people. People we wouldn’t even imagine could be that manipulated. I wanted revenge. I wanted to kick their ass a little bit. The only place I can do that is in fiction.</p><p>But I saw it as a very real problem for young women in the world. There are people out there who are quite willing to use these techniques and to mess with people’s minds. So, I kind of wanted to draw attention to it... To put this paragon of femininity and see, how does she deal with this? Because even paragons of intelligence and grace have real trouble with people like this. So, I kind of wanted to say, "Here are the techniques. If you see someone using any of these techniques against you, a warning should go off."</p><p>Wonder Woman is an avatar of truth in a world where truth has become impossible to detect. It’s getting harder and harder. Videos can be fake. Words can be fake. People can do something right in front of you and then deny it... I think we’re all being mind-controlled to a certain degree by all kinds of forces.</p><p><strong>On the inclusion of Maxwell Lord...</strong></p><p>He has, obviously, a very important role in the history of Wonder Woman. Back in the day, Wonder Woman very famously snapped Maxwell Lord’s neck, and it was one of the first things she did when she became the warrior version of Wonder Woman rather than the peace-giving version of Wonder Woman. So, it seemed a significant moment, and I wanted to kind of set up a certain expectation of how she is going to deal with Maxwell Lord... I kind of want to set up book 3 with Maxwell Lord, and to bring us to that moment where she has the opportunity to snap his neck again. We’ll see what happens this time.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/10-OCT/WWE1-v2_41_700_5bb3ef529eeb50.74544997.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1076px;" /></p><p><strong>On Wonder Woman: Earth One's Steve Trevor...</strong></p><p>One of the things in Volume 2 is that we wanted to isolate Diana from her friends. There’s some great supporting characters, but they don’t get much of a look here, because I wanted her to feel like she wasn’t quite fitting in... So, we kind of separate off her friends. We don’t need to do Steve Trevor as a romantic interest. I loved the idea of just Steve Trevor as her best friend. There’ll be more revelations. Book 3 is a lot more about Steve, and who he is, and what his actual relationships were. So, we have to wait and see that. It’s more that this guy looks out for her, he cares about her. He’s like when you have a really good best friend that doesn’t have to be your sexual partner.</p><p><strong>On Volume 2's cliffhanger...</strong></p><p>I’ve already started on 3. Part of that was because, when we did the first one, it may have been the ONLY one. We hadn’t worked out the trilogy aspect of this yet. I thought at the time that maybe this would be my one shot at Wonder Woman. So, it’s quite complete in a certain way. But for the second one, we thought, "Yeah, we can really do <em>The Empire Strikes Back</em>."</p><p>This is obviously the second part of a trilogy. This is the part where the good guys go up against something that really tests their values and tests everything they stand for. And it ends on a note of slight defeat. She’s defeated, to a certain extent, and that rallies her into the next one, which obviously is a triumphant and victorious book. Yeah, once we realized it was a trilogy, we felt much more comfortable about the cliffhanger, about people being aware that there will definitely be a third volume. It even says, "To be continued."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/10-OCT/WWE1-v2_97_900_5bb3ef7c4389a5.38949790.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 692px;" /></p><p><strong>On the book's Paula von Gunther...</strong></p><p>I thought there’s a sadness to that character. In the original comics, Paula von Gunther, she’s classic Nazi super spy. She has a bunch of girls that do her bidding. But in the end, she willingly submits to the Amazons, and she’s taken, and she’s seen as a kind of success story for the Amazons because they managed to reprogram her.</p><p>So, we played with that again... It was that idea of, "Let’s see what happens when the Amazons actually apply the technology, and to see her being broken down."</p><p>I find it quite horrific almost when you see the Amazons reducing her and taking away her sense of self. It’s kind of scary. So, I felt sorry for the character. This is a woman who’s just been controlled by everyone. And for Diana to show compassion, and not to beat her into the ground, and to actually say, "We’ll make this better," even after what she does in the book, which is a fairly horrific act... I wanted to redeem her. I love the original story of redemption, but to try and see that in a more ambiguous way.</p><p><br /><i><a href="/graphic-novels/wonder-woman-earth-one-2016/wonder-woman-earth-one-vol-2" target="_blank">WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 2</a> by Grant Morrison, Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn is available in comic shops on October 3 and in bookstores and digital retailers on October 9.</i></p><p><i>A version of this article <a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/grant-morrison-talks-wonder-woman-earth-one-vol-2/" target="_blank">originally ran on DC Universe.</a> Be sure to <a href="http://www.dcuniverse.com" target="_blank">subscribe to DC Universe</a> for additional DC news and announcements, plus original and classic DC TV shows, movies, comics and more!</i></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/wonder-woman" 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field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Breaking 24ֱ: New Doom Patrol TV Series Coming to DC Universe</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Monday, May 14, 2018 - 12:30</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>DC Universe, the new DC digital experience that was announced formally earlier this month, is about to get weird.</p><p><em>Doom Patrol</em>, based on the seminal superhero team known for its strange heroes and arguably stranger villains, is the latest original live action series to be announced for the upcoming digital service. Produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, <em>Doom Patrol </em>has been given a 13-episode series order and will begin production this year for a 2019 debut on DC Universe. The <em>Doom Patrol </em>television series will be executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, Jeremy Carver and Sarah Schechter.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/05-MAY/DOOMPATROL_TT_5af9e07c42f7e2.51556163.JPG" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p><p>Fans of the team and characters will find much to appreciate in the series description, which was released today:</p><p><em>DOOM PATROL is a re-imagining of one of DC’s most beloved group of outcast Super Heroes: 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. Picking 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.</em></p><p>There’s much to unpack there, including the references to <em>Titans, </em>Berlanti Productions’ other, earlier DC Universe series and the announcement of Cyborg, who is a Teen Titans member who hasn’t yet been mentioned with regards to the show.</p><p>But for fans of the Doom Patrol comics, the most welcome takeaway may be that the show seems to be embracing its heritage as one of the weirder teams out there. Debuting in 1963 in the anthology series MY GREATEST ADVENTURE, the Doom Patrol really took off in the late ‘80s and ‘90s when an emerging writer named Grant Morrison took the reins of the struggling series and evolved it into a heady, imaginative and seriously strange take on super teams that added popular characters like Crazy Jane, Flex Mentallo and Danny the Street, as well as trippy new villains like the Brotherhood of Dada. (The Doom Patrol seems to have made enemies of many brotherhoods, as the Brotherhood of Evil is also one of their key adversaries.)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/05-MAY/Doom%20Patrol%20PR%20Image_5af9e09c65a093.16635832.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 890px;" /></p><p>The Doom Patrol have remained on comic stands off and on since Morrison’s time on the book, under the guidance of such noteworthy writers as Rachel Pollack, John Arcudi, Keith Giffen and John Byrne. Most recently, it was resurrected as the flagship series in DC’s Young Animal pop-up imprint. This new take is written by Gerard Way and drawn by Nick Derington, and maintains both the bizarreness and rebellious attitude that Morrison defined during his run.</p><p>It should be noted that while the Doom Patrol has yet to appear in live action, the team has made several noteworthy animated appearances, including on <em>Teen Titans </em>and <em>Batman: The Brave and the Bold. </em>They also had a series of animated shorts that ran on Cartoon Network and <a href="/videos/dc-nation-doom-patrol-challenge-of-the-timeless-commander-full" target="_blank">now can be seen digitally.</a> However, while the upcoming series may be the Doom Patrol’s first live action project, it <em>won’t </em>be their first live action appearance. Fans who follow #DCTV news know that members of the Doom Patrol <a href="http://comicbook.com/dc/2018/02/09/titans-tv-series-dc-doom-patrol-geoff-johns" target="_blank">will be making an appearance in the debut season of <em>Titans</em>,</a> so we’ll likely get our first teases of what to expect from their series then.</p><p>Over the past year, a steady stream of both live action and animated DC shows have been announced exclusively for DC Universe, including <em>Titans, Young Justice: Outsiders, Harley Quinn </em>and <em>Swamp Thing. </em>For more information, and to sign up for updates, visit <a href="http://www.dcuniverse.com/" target="_blank">www.dcuniverse.com</a>.</p><p>Okay, now it’s your turn to get weird…down in the comments. Let us know what you think about this new series! Who would you like to see as the villain? Who’s your favorite team member? Does this news make you hungry for a gyro? Let us know!</p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/doom-patrol" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol</a>, <a href="/tags/doom-patrol-announcement" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol announcement</a>, <a href="/tags/doom-patrol-tv-series" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol tv series</a>, <a href="/tags/doom-patrol-series" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol series</a>, <a href="/tags/doom-patrol-tv-show" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doom patrol tv show</a>, <a href="/tags/grant-morrison" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">grant morrison</a>, <a href="/tags/geoff-johns" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Geoff Johns</a>, <a href="/tags/greg-berlanti" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">greg berlanti</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/breaking-news" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Breaking 24ֱ</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-news" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv news</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-news-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">#dctv news</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">#dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/niles-caulder" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">niles caulder</a>, <a href="/tags/the-chief" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the chief</a>, <a href="/tags/robotman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Robotman</a>, <a href="/tags/negative-man" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">negative man</a>, <a href="/tags/elasti-girl" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">elasti-girl</a>, <a href="/tags/crazy-jane" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">crazy jane</a>, <a href="/tags/cyborg" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">cyborg</a>, <a href="/tags/cyborg-on-titans" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">cyborg on titans</a>, <a href="/tags/cyborg-coming-to-titans" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">cyborg coming to titans</a>, <a href="/tags/titans" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">titans</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2018/05/14/breaking-news-new-doom-patrol-tv-series-coming-to-dc-universe" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Breaking 24ֱ: New Doom Patrol TV Series Coming to DC Universe" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Mon, 14 May 2018 19:30:00 +0000 Tim Beedle 439393 at /blog/2018/05/14/breaking-news-new-doom-patrol-tv-series-coming-to-dc-universe#comments