SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains minor spoilers for this week's episode of Doom Patrol, which arrives Friday on DC Universe.
A photo from the upcoming sixth episode of Doom Patrol appears to have revealed one of the major artifacts of the DCEU, the God Killer sword from Wonder Woman.
The episode, entitled "Doom Patrol Patrol," airs on the DC Universe streaming service, though up to this point, no explicit links between the cinematic and television universes has been established. Nevertheless, a photo of Rita Farr (Elasti-Woman) from the episode features the powerful weapon clearly on display in the background.
In the comics, this weapon was originally bestowed upon Slade Wilson/Deathstroke so that he might defeat the Titan Lapetus. The blade is never used by Wonder Woman, though she does end up assisting Deathstroke in his mission.
In the Wonder Woman film, the God Killer is more red herring than immortal weapon. Diana is led to believe this is the weapon she was destined to defeat Ares, though it's revealed that she herself is the true God Killer. Regardless of whether the sword has the reputed powers the Amazons believe it to have, the blade seems to be openly on display wherever it is that Rita is sipping on martinis. This background blade displays the same designs on pommel and handle, and if it's not the exact sword that appears in Wonder Woman, it's a startlingly accurate replica.
The connection between the various iterations of DC characters on television and in movies has been an issue that has long confounded fans. In addressing connections between Titans and Doom Patrol on DC Universe, showrunner Jeremy Carver noted that they take place in the same world, but not the same continuity, a concept that might satisfy dyed-in-the-wool comics fans, but most likely confuses those new to the multiversal melange of DC televisual properties.
Streaming now on DC Universe, Doom Patrol stars Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele, Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor, Diana Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Alan Tudyk as Mr. Nobody, April Bowlby as Rita Farr, Joivan Wade as Vic Stone and Timothy Dalton as Niles Caulder.