Doom Patrol

The ‘Doom Patrol’ is here!  Production has begun on the new live-action show, which is expected to be offered on the new DC Universe streaming service next year and filming appears to be taking place outside, as intrepid fans have snapped images of the cast in full costume and they look mighty impressive.

Twitter user Walt has posted images depicting Dwain Murphy as Negative Man, Diane Guerro as Crazy Jane and April Bowlby as Rita Farr/Elasti-Woman.  (It’s WOMAN not Girl, as many outlets are reporting.  Presumably, this is an effort to distance the character from Helen Parr a.k.a. Elastigirl from Disney’s ‘The Incredibles.)  Also on display is Robot Man, as portrayed by Riley Shanahan.  It appears that Shanahan is a stand-in of sorts.  Brendan Fraser will portray Cliff Steele in flashbacks and will provide the voice of Robot Man,but will not be suiting up in the present day shots.  It appears that the Fraser/Shanahan combo will replace Jake Michaels who will play Robot Man on ‘Titans’.

JustJared has some additional set pics of the cast, which you can check out at their site.

Robot Man isn’t the only character that will see a change in actor.  Bruno Bichir will appear as Niles Caulder a.k.a. The Chief, the group’s shady founder on ‘Titans’, but when ‘Doom Patrol’ arrives, it will be with Kelsey Grammer in the role.  Whether or not this is something that will be acknowledged in the script remains to be seen.

Reportedly, Alexandra Daddario has met with producers for a role, but which was undisclosed.  Previously, it was rumored that the DC film division was eyeing her to play the Huntress in the ‘Birds of Prey’ movie.  That may still be true, but perhaps interest in her has shifted to the TV division.  It does appear that Negative Man’s wife will be included on the series, so there is a chance that this is the role Daddario is in line for.

In other casting news, Joivan Wade will play Cyborg/Vic Stone and Alan Tudyk has been cast as the villain Mr. Nobody.

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