To Celebrate the ‘Doom Patrol’ TV Show, Let’s Revisit a Silver Age Classic

The gang's all here: Negative Man, Robotman, Crazy Jane, Elasti-Woman ...and Cyborg? (Photo: DC Universe)
The gang’s all here: Negative Man, Robotman, Crazy Jane, Elasti-Woman … and Cyborg? (Photo: DC Universe)

If you had to guess what DC property would go on to get its own TV show, “Doom Patrol” would probably be waaaaaay down the list, just past “Prez” and “Sugar & Spike.”

Yet here we are: DC Universe, Warner Bros.’ streaming service for all things DC, launched the TV show earlier this month, and after just the first two episodes, I’m impressed. It stars Brendan Fraser as Robotman and Matt Bomer as Negative Man. It leans heavily into the Grant Morrison run, probably the title’s artistic zenith, but it also keeps elements of the original, most notably, the wonderful Rita Farr, Elasti-Woman.

Cyborg is also in it.

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And the World Shall Call Them – Substitutes!

The Legion of Substitute Heroes
“The Legion of Super-Failures” does not have much of a ring to it.

DC’s Legion fans are a passionate bunch.

We’ll debate most useless member, best creative team and favorite reboot.

But you don’t get a lot of guff about one of the admittedly goofier elements of Legion Lore:

The Legion of Substitute Heroes.

There just might be a good reason for that.

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