Actor Joivan Wade (The First Purge) has been cast as Vic Stone, better known as the Teen Titans and Justice League member Cyborg, for the upcoming Doom Patrol series.
Based on the team of super-powered misfits introduced in 1963 by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani, and updated in the '90s by Grant Morrison and Richard Case, the series will spin out of the events of the live-action Titans, which will feature the Doom Patrol in its fifth episode.
The official description of the character's Doom Patrol role is as follows:
Vic Stone is the charming and sarcastic half-human, half-machine superhero known as Cyborg. Vic may be connected to every computer on the world, but he struggles to maintain the connections that make him human. Desperate to gain acceptance from the outside world, Vic harnesses the curse of his cybernetic body and uses his powers as the ultimate hero for the digital age.
Earlier this summer, several audition tapes for the role leaked online. Though Wade was not among any go the actors featured, the tapes did offer insight into what fans should expect from the character and Doom Patrol as a whole. In addition to Cyborg being a part of the team, a connection that differs wildly from the comics, the dialogue in the audition footage indicates that much like Titans, Doom Patrol will be an adults-only series.
Cyborg’s name appeared in the initial synopsis for Doom Patrol, leading many to speculate the fan-favorite hero could also appear on the first season of Titans. In the first Doom Patrol synopsis, Cyborg is the person who calls the team of reluctant heroes into action, “with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”
DC Universe has ordered 13 episodes of Doom Patrol, which hails from Berlanti Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The one-hour drama is written Jeremy Carver (Supernatural, Being Human), who will executive produce alongside by Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns and Sarah Schechter. Production is expected to begin later this year for a targeted 2019 debut on DC Universe.
DC Universe, Warner Bros.’ new subscription streaming service, will launch this fall with the live-action Titans, as well as a lineup of classic DC films and TV series, a curated comics library, and exclusive merchandise. The show will be joined in 2019 by the animated Young Justice: Outsiders and Harley Quinn, with the live-action Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol also in development.