Doom Patrol (season 3)

Jeremy Carver (2021)

Doom Patrol was renewed for a third season on September 12, 2020. It will air exclusively on HBO Max, premiering on September 23, 2021 and will conclude on November 11, 2021.

Doom Patrol reimagines one of DC’s most beloved groups of superheroes: Robotman aka Cliff Steele, Negative Man aka Larry Trainor, Elasti-Girl aka Rita Farr, and Crazy Jane, all led by modern-day mad scientist Niles Caulder aka The Chief.  Each member of the Doom Patrol suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities, but also left them scarred and disfigured. Part support group, part superhero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpower freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them. Season three opens on the culmination of Dorothy’s confrontation with the Candlemaker that leads to a devastating loss. The Doom Patrol is at a difficult crossroads and each member struggles to face who they are and who they want to be. And things get a whole lot more complicated when Madame Rouge arrives in a time machine with a very specific mission, if only she could remember it.

Doom Patrol is a superhero team from DC Comics. The original Doom Patrol first appeared in My Greatest Adventure #80 in 1963, and was created by writers Arnold Drake and Bob Haney, along with artist Bruno Premiani. Doom Patrol has appeared in different incarnations in multiple comics, and have been adapted to other media. Although not one of the most popular superhero teams, they have never been out of print for more than a few years since their introduction. The series’ creator and fans have suspected that Marvel Comics copied the basic concept to create the X-Men, which debuted a few months later, but other fans also speculate that they share similarities with another Marvel superhero team, the Fantastic Four.

Doom Patrol are a group of super-powered misfits whose “gifts” caused them alienation and trauma. Dubbed the “world’s strangest heroes” by editor Murray Boltinoff, the original team included the Chief (Niles Caulder), Robotman (Cliff Steele), Elasti-Girl (Rita Farr), and Negative Man (Larry Trainor); Beast Boy (Garfield Logan) and Mento (Steve Dayton) joined soon after. The team remained the featured characters of My Greatest Adventure, which was re-titled Doom Patrol as of issue #86 in 1964. The original series was canceled in 1968 when Drake killed the team off in issue #121, last of that series. Since then, there have been six Doom Patrol series, with Robotman as the only character to appear in all of them.

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