With this Thursday, June 25, bringing the return of DC Universe and HBO Max's dysfunctional do-gooders Doom Patrol for a second season, the streaming services are offering something special for those counting down the days and for those still considering the series. For the latter, you have the first three episodes of the first season to take out for a test drive (a good call because the first three really give you a sense of the series). For the former, a sneak preview at the 2:46:48 that gives viewers a glimpse into Dorothy Spinner's (Abigail Shapiro) heartbreaking backstory. But as tragic as it may be, it also serves as a warning of what Niles "The Chief" Caulder (Timothy Dalton), Cliff aka Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Larry aka Negative Man (Matt Bomer), Rita aka Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby), Jane aka Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), and Vic aka Cyborg (Joivan Wade) will have to contend with (and as you'll see below, that's not even the half of it).
So you may notice some not-so-familiar-yet-incredibly-fascinating faces in the extended trailer below. Well, consider this your first introduction to the small screen's versions of The Candlemaker, Red Jack, Doctor Tyme, and The SeX-Men (names that fans of the comics know all too well). The Candlemaker is a psychic entity "big bad" who feeds off of mankind's fear of the apocalypse; while Red Jack claims to have created the universe, was once Jack the Ripper, and dines on pain and suffering (you see the similarities, right?). Doctor Tyme is a time-controlled villain who eventually redeems himself and goes on to help the team. The SeX-Men is not only a "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" to Marvel's not-so-merry mutant team, but also a government-sponsored team of "Mulders" and "Scullys" who investigate supernatural situations of the more sexual kind. Captain Kiss, Lieutenant Cuddle, and Lieutenant Torture would eventually go on to work alongside our heroes.
DC's strangest group of heroes — Cliff Steele aka Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Larry Trainor aka Negative Man (Matt Bomer), Rita Farr aka Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby), Jane aka Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), and Victor Stone aka Cyborg (Joivan Wade) — are back again to save the world. That is, if they can find a way to grow up…both figuratively and literally.
Following the defeat of Mr. Nobody, the members now find themselves mini-sized and stranded on Cliff's toy race car track. Here they begin to deal with their feelings of betrayal by Niles Caulder aka The Chief (Timothy Dalton), while confronting their own personal baggage. And as each member faces the challenge of growing beyond their own past traumatic experiences, they must come together to embrace and protect the newest member of the family: Dorothy Spinner (Abigail Shapiro), Niles' daughter, whose powers remain a mysterious but real threat to bringing on the end of the world.
The DC Universe and HBO Max series Doom Patrol stars April Bowlby as Rita Farr / Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Kay Challis / Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone / Cyborg, Brendan Fraser and Riley Shanahan as Clifford "Cliff" Steele / Robotman, Matt Bomer and Matthew Zuk as Larry Trainor / Negative Man, Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder / The Chief, Alan Tudyk as Eric Morden / Mr. Nobody, Abigail Shapiro as Dorothy Spinner, and Karen Obilom as Roni Evers. A reimagining of the superhero DC characters originally written and drawn by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney, and Bruno Premiani, the series is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with Jeremy Carver, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Chris Dingess serving as executive producers.