Despite earlier reports that Kelsey Grammer had signed on to play The Chief, Niles Caulder, on the new DC Universe series ‘Doom Patrol’, the latest news is that this role has been taken by Timothy Dalton. Dalton will replace Bruno Bichir who will appear as The Chief on episodes of DC Universe’s first original series ‘Titans’, which will become available on October 12. It is unclear how ‘Doom Patrol’ and ‘Titans’ will connect, as Bichir isn’t the only actor being replaced. Brendan Fraser and Riley Shanahan will replace Jake Michaels as Cliff Steele/Robot Man. Shanahan will do the physical acting in costume, while Fraser will provide his voice and appear as Steele in flashbacks.
The cast of ‘Doom Patrol’ also includes April Bowlby as Rita Farr/Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerro as Crazy Jane, Dwain Murphy as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, and Joivan Wade as Vic Stone/Cyborg with Alan Tudyk as the villain Mr. Nobody. The series is produced by The CW’s Arrowverse’s Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros. TV. ‘Supernatural’ creator Jeremy Carver is writing, the off-beat superhero series, which is described as:
Banding together, these rejects find themselves on a mission that will take them to the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC universe.
The Chief is a brilliant scientist, who is paraplegic and bound to a wheelchair. He used his medical genius to save those that are on the edge of death, resulting in them gaining superpowers and operating as his Doom Patrol. Depending on the storyline, however, Caulder himself may or may not have caused these “accidents” in the first place.
Dalton is perhaps best known for playing James Bond in ‘The Living Daylights’ and ‘Licensed To Kill’. But he has had a lengthy career. He was most recently seen as Sir Malcolm Murray on the Showtime classic horror series ‘Penny Dreadful’. He may also be recognized for roles in ‘Flash Gordon’, ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘The Rocketeer’, ‘Scarlett’, ‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Chuck’.
A release date hasn’t been announced for ‘Doom Patrol’ but it is expected to arrive some time in 2019. DC Universe is available to pre-order before it launches on September 15th, for $74.99/year or $7.99/month.