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A ton of new information was announced at San Diego Comic-Con, and that includes the latest updates for DC Universe, the not-quite-a-year-old streaming service whose future is in question as the streaming race becomes more heated and as parent company, WarnerMedia prepares to launch its extremely ambitious HBO Max service.  It doesn’t help that DC Universe has already had its first cancellation, after ‘Swamp Thing’ was axed after just one episode was released.  But as for the rest of the offerings, it seems that things healthy and moving forward, AND that HBO Max will play a role with DC Universe’s future and growth.  It was officially announced that ‘Doom Patrol’ has been renewed for a second season.

‘Doom Patrol’s fate has been dangling for a couple of months since the last episode was released in late May, but now fans can breathe a sigh of relief.  A second season has been ordered, AND it will be released simultaneously on DC Universe and HBO Max.  The 15 episodes of the first season will also be available on HBO Max.  From the sound of things, it was this deal that ensured a second season, as it generated extra cash to produce new episodes.

Executive producer Jeremy Carver announced that one new character from the comics, Dorothy Spinner– the Chief’s daughter– will be joining the show:

“We’ve introduced something of a major new character with the Chief’s daughter, and we have still simmering resentments between the team and the Chief that will have to be resolved one way or another.  We have over 60 years of current and Silver Age and Bronze Age Doom Patrol comics, which really have been a lifesaver and an absolute repository of some of the most wonderfully bizarre and crazy ideas, but also beautiful character moments and depictions. We went full steam into season 1 with a ‘smoke ‘em if you got ‘em’ attitude, and we intend to fully continue that in any potential season 2 to come. There’s a lot more where that came from.”

The new season will be released in 2020.  HBO Max will launch its beta version this fall, with new material being added next.


Source: Entertainment Weekly