DOOM PATROL Pilot Episode Spoilers Reveal The Show's Tone And Claim It's Better Than TITANS

DOOM PATROL Pilot Episode Spoilers Reveal The Show's Tone And Claim It's Better Than TITANS

A review of the pilot episode of Doom Patrol has surfaced and it sheds some light on the comedic direction of the series, how it compares to Titans, and whether or not Cyborg makes an appearance.

By JoshWilding - Oct 03, 2018 02:10 AM EST
Filed Under: Doom Patrol
Source: Splash Report
While the review embargo for Titans hasn't lifted yet, early word on the show appears to be mixed and a lot of that negativity seemingly comes as a result of that first trailer and Robin's "F**k Batman!" line. There is, of course, a chance that the show could surprise us but early word on spinoff series Doom Patrol is in and it definitely sounds like this is one show DC Universe will have definitely got right. 

The streaming service is developing shows based on a number of DC Comics characters, including Swamp-Thing and Stargirl. Doom Patrol is a favourite of Geoff Johns', though, so chances are he's kept a close eye on how it's come together. Regardless, this review of sorts from Splash Report regarding the first episode definitely points to it handling these heroes in a way which comic fans will appreciate. 

So, to check out a breakdown of all the new details we've learned, click on the "View List" button.

How The Episode Begins

It's said that Doom Patrol opens in Panama in 1948 as we're introduced to an ex-Nazi scientist called Von Fuchs. He's making a machine that "disembodies a man's face" but perhaps the biggest takeaway is the fact that this otherwise very dark scene embraces humour in a big way and reportedly doesn't shy away from an adult tone while also poking fun at the ridiculousness of that particular situation.

From there, it jumps ahead to the 1080s where we're introduced to a young Cliff Steele and that sheds some light on what his life was like before the "accident" which transformed him into Robot Man. It's said that he's a racer and a "high octane, daredevil type" and that later comes back to bite him. 

Doom Manor

Once again jumping forward in time, the show takes us to Doom Manor and introduces Dr. Niles Caulder, a.k.a. The Chief. He has an unhealthy obsession with superheroes. At this point, the show introduces Elasti-Girl, an actress from the 1950s, and Negative Man. Both of their origin stories are revealed as she literally breaks down on the set of a movie and we get to see the plane crash which resulted in him becoming disfigured. Jumping through the timeline like this sounds confusing, right?

Well, this report claims that "Throughout this whole time jumping affair, the characters are given plenty of depth and interact a lot with each other. There’s minimal action in this episode, and it works wonders. We take the time to soak up these characters and study them inside and out." 

The Show's Best Character

Surprisingly, Crazy Jane is singled out as probably the best character in the show and she has a total of sixty-four personas, one of whom is called "Hammerhead" and will beat you up just for looking at her the wrong way. It definitely sounds like Diane Guerrero will be a highlight in terms of her performance too and a comparison is made to James McAvoy's impressive work in Unbreakable spinoff Split.

Unexpected Twists But No Sign Of Cyborg

According to the site, "Certain characters may end up being characters you never thought they were. Certain events may have played out in ways you didn’t realize. And maybe, just maybe, a giant, hulking blob will roll down a small town street, gobbling up everything in its path." Sounds pretty weird, right? Regardless, the site confirms that Jovian Wade's Cyborg isn't present in the pilot episode.

That's a shame but there's a very good chance that character won't actually be a focal point here.

It's Dark. Like, Titans Dark

Apparently, Doom Patrol handles swearing, sex, and other dark themes with a lot more maturity than Titans and it's nowhere near as "edgy" as that series. The jokes work a lot better as do the themes which come with a story about characters who are all misfits. It's also said that the show finds the perfect balance between the tone of the X-Men comics and Marvel's adult-orientated Netflix shows.

Do these new details have you more or less excited about Doom Patrol? Share your thoughts below. 

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Spock0Clock - 10/3/2018, 3:12 AM
Gotta be honest. I'm just here for Elasti-Girl.
FearTheLiving - 10/3/2018, 3:17 AM
I mean is this a surprise? Just look at the cast and the set shots, show looks 100% better than Titans just based off that alone. I really want to know what the budget difference is between the two because it seems like Titans got the shaft.
Snowbirdd - 10/3/2018, 3:09 PM
@FearTheLiving - If we were comparing Doom Patrol to one of the CW shows I'd agree with you...but I just don't see what you mean when it comes to Titans :/
using the logic you used the cast all seem to look the part and the costumes look like they came out of a high budget movie, even in the set photos(Starfire being the obvious exception but it seems she looks like that due to story reasons and not from budget limitations. )
FearTheLiving - 10/3/2018, 3:26 PM
@Snowbirdd - Name one known actor from Titans... Doom Patrol has Timothy Dalton and Brendan Fraser.

As for the costumes, Robin looks fine the rest look like they were picked up at party city or hot topic and these are presented photoshopped versions of the costumes in trailers and on posters. The on set pictures from Doom Patrol looked better than the majority we've seen of Titans.

Could Doom Patrol look just as bad when a trailer is released? Sure, but just based off what I've seen and heard of Doom Patrol it would appear more thought and care is being put into it.
Snowbirdd - 10/3/2018, 3:34 PM
@FearTheLiving - I can't really speak on the actor perspective because I really don't know actors off the top of my head, as I was just judging off what i've seen.

And idk from what i've seen, Robin, Hawk, Dove and Beastboy and Raven look good so I guess we'll just see have to agree to disagree.
DR3D - 10/3/2018, 3:18 AM
There is potential, for greatness or crap, we’ll have to wait and see.
AgeofHeroes - 10/3/2018, 3:19 AM
my most anticipated series ever...Geoff Johns better not screw me over!
KWilly - 10/3/2018, 3:48 AM
Oh, you don't have to tell me it's better than Titans.
GhostDog - 10/3/2018, 3:58 AM
Doesn't seem too hard to be better than Titans but this show has the potential to be great
aflynn - 10/3/2018, 4:33 AM
Curious about Diane Guerrero, might get me to watch.
grif - 10/3/2018, 5:10 AM
anything is better than titans.
Archgoat - 10/3/2018, 5:21 AM
This sounds great, maybe I should start reading the comics as well.
CyberBishop - 10/3/2018, 5:32 AM
"From there, it jumps ahead to the 1080s " So they had racing cars in the High Middle Ages??

Philvis - 10/3/2018, 6:00 AM
@CyberBishop - Cut him some slack! There obviously was a race to publish a Doom Patrol article, editing be damned! hahaha!
NinnesMBC - 10/3/2018, 5:48 AM
How is there even a review for the pilot when they’ve just started shooting a few weeks ago? O_o

I think we will get a taste of the patrol in the 5th episode of Titans. And also it seems that this review was made before we started getting the clips and the new trailer for Titans that showed us that the show isn’t going to be that edgy and dark so it could be a quick assumption.

But I am still curious about the show, this hasn’t killed my hype.
fadersdream - 10/3/2018, 6:46 AM
Well sure...
It's better than ONE thing we have NO frame of reference for, but is it better than TWO things we have NO frame of reference for?

That's when you know it's REALLY good!
JohnnyTBP - 10/3/2018, 6:51 AM
Diane Guerrero is bae. I’m glad she’s on the show
NotoriousWolf23 - 10/3/2018, 8:16 AM
You can tell
rabid - 10/3/2018, 9:43 AM
Both Doom Patrol and Titans seem like they offer exactly what I've been missing from DC's tv shows. I've been growing tired of the kid-safe kitsch of Flash, Supergirl, and Arrow. And I'm definitely over their PG version of Constantine. I'm ready for something with actual teeth.
marvel72 - 10/3/2018, 10:25 AM
Doom Patrol is a great comic, well the Grant Morrison run is and Crazy Jane was probably my favorite character.Robotman was cool as well because he was just as confused by everything that was going on like the reader.
rabid - 10/3/2018, 10:50 AM
@marvel72 - I'm glad that Jane seems to be the protagonist of the series. Doom Patrol was at its best when it was told through her eyes.
marvel72 - 10/3/2018, 5:34 PM
@rabid - I agree,she was proper messed up but some of the stories were just brilliant.I hope they go into the stuff involving the train station that's in her mind.
L0RDbuckethead - 10/3/2018, 5:19 PM
Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane is great casting. I'm def excited to see her in something new besides OitNB.

To be honest, I'm a bit more excited about this show than Titans, even though I'm more familiar with the Teen Titans comic lore.
Jcool - 10/3/2018, 8:00 PM
“You couldn’t do Titans without Robin,” Johns said during a panel after the first two episodes screened to strong response at Hammerstein Ballroom. “So there was a lot of behind-the-scenes work that went into that.” Previous outings, including a feature incarnation, were hamstrung by the rights to Batman being locked up — in this telling, the characters mix and mingle freely, as they have begun to do in the DC universe.

All of the maneuvering appears to have paid off. The producers announced onstage that a second season of the show, which is the flagship program for the new DC Universe service, has been greenlit.
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