Negative Man Doom Patrol Matt Bomer

The Doom Patrol will be appearing on DC Universe’s ‘Titans’ series, but it seems that one by one, the parts are being recast for the ‘Doom Patrol’ spin-off which is currently shooting in Atlanta and is expected to arrive on DC Universe next year at some time.  The latest switcheroo is that Matt Bomer has taken on the role of Negative Man.  Dwain Murphy was cast to portray the character on ‘Titans’.  Negative Man has already been photographed on the set of ‘Doom Patrol’ but it appears that under those bandages is Matthew Zuk (‘Rectify’, ‘The 5th Wave’).  Bomer will provide the character’s voice and will appear as his alter ego Larry Trainor in flashbacks.

Matthew Zuk on the set of ‘Doom Patrol’

This is similar to the approach the show will take with Robot Man.  Jake Michaels was cast to play Robot Man on ‘Titans’, but on ‘Doom Patrol’ Riley Shanahan will wear the suit of the character, while the voice will be provided by Brendan Fraser who, like Bomer, will also appear in the flesh in flashbacks.

Similarly, Timothy Dalton has been cast to play Niles Caulder, a.k.a. The Chief, but first, on ‘Titans’ that role will be played by Bruno Bichir.

April Bowlby is playing Elasti-Woman on both shows.  Since this character’s face isn’t obscured, it appears that she will be the only actor cast for ‘Titans’ that will carry over into ‘Doom Patrol’.  Two new characters have been added.  ‘Doctor Who’ alum Jovian Wade will portray Victor Stone/Cyborg, while ‘Orange is the New Black”s Diane Guerrero will depict Crazy Jane.  In addition, Alan Tudyk will appear as villain Mr. Nobody.

It’s more than a bit ironic that Bomer is being cast to play a character who is disfigured and hides his face behind bandages, when he is best known for… well, being pretty.  But maybe that’s part of the story.

Bomer spent six seasons on the series ‘White Collar’.  Before that, he had a regular role as Bryce Larkin on ‘Chuck’.  He voiced another DC superhero, none other than Superman, in the animated movie ‘Superman Unbound’.  He may also be recognized from the films ‘Magic Mike’ and ‘Magic Mike XXL’, ‘The Nice Guys’ and ‘The Magnificent Seven’.  He also appeared in the acclaimed HBO movie ‘The Normal Heart’, for which he won a Golden Globe Award, and appeared in two roles on ‘American Horror Story‘.

‘Doom Patrol’ will be written by Jeremy Carver.

Banding together, these rejects find themselves on a mission that will take them to the weirdest and
most unexpected corners of the DC universe.

‘Titans’ kicks off on DC Universe on October 12.  ‘Doom Patrol’ does not yet have a release date.

Source: Deadline