Doom Patrol S03 Reportedly Casts Dead Boy Detectives; Gaiman Approves

A little more than a month ago, fans of (now) HBO Max's Doom Patrol learned that Michelle Gomez (Doctor Who, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Flight Attendant) was set to join the third season in the series regular role of Madame Rouge. Now it looks like two more familiar characters will be making their way to the series, with a number of sources reporting that Sebastian Croft (Dampyr) and Ty Tennant (War of the Worlds) have reportedly joined the cast as Edwin Paine and Charles Rowland, respectively- otherwise known as the Dead Boy Detectives. Created by writer Neil Gaiman and artists Matt Wagner and Malcolm Jones in 1991's The Sandman # 25, the ghostly sleuths have a connection to the team overall and The Chief's (Timothy Dalton) daughter Alice (Abigail Shapiro) in particular via the Vertigo Comics crossover "The Children's Crusade" (a storyline that could come into play during Season 3).

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Here's a look at Gaiman's tweet from earlier today giving the report of the casting a major seal of approval:

"Doom Patrol came to HBO Max with an already deep and passionate fan base and has risen to the top as one of the most-watched Max Originals on the platform," said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max at the time the news of the show's return was first announced. "The series sits well in our portfolio and we are glad to greenlight a third season to continue this distinctive style of storytelling that resonates so well with critics and fans alike."

In season two of Doom Patrol, DC's strangest group of heroes — including Cliff Steele aka Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Larry Trainor aka Negative Man (Matt Bomer), Jane aka Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), Rita Farr aka Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby), and Victor Stone aka Cyborg (Joivan Wade) — attempted, once again, to save the world. Following the defeat of Mr. Nobody, the heroes found themselves mini-sized and stranded on Cliff's toy race car track. They began to deal with their feelings of betrayal by Niles Caulder aka The Chief (Timothy Dalton), while confronting their own personal baggage. As each member faced the challenge of growing beyond their own past traumatic experiences, they realized 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.

Doom Patrol is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with Jeremy Carver, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Chris Dingess, and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. The series is based on characters created for DC by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney, and Bruno Premiani.

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