A new promo for "Cult Patrol," the upcoming fourth episode of Doom Patrol, reveals that Supernatural alum Mark Sheppard has boarded the DC Universe original series as Willoughby Kipling, a drunk, angry Englishman with a penchant for the mystic arts.
If that character description sounds at all familiar, it's because Willoughby Kipling was actually first created as an analog for John Constantine, aka the Hellblazer. Writer Grant Morrison wanted to use Constantine in his seminal run on Doom Patrol for DC Comics, but was forbidden to do so by editorial, who, at the time, believed using Constantine outside of the main Vertigo continuity would undermine the character's realism.
In turn, Morrison and artist Richard Case created the Kipling character, who made his first appearance in 1990's Doom Patrol #31. Where Constantine's likeness was based on that of English musician Sting, Kipling was visually based on Richard E. Grant's character in the 1987 film Withnail and I. Sheppard's role as Kipling in the Doom Patrol television series will also mark the character's first live-action appearance.
Sheppard himself is well-known for his role on The CW's Supernatural, in which he played the character Crowley from Season 5 through Season 12. He took to Instagram a few days ago to tease this new role with a photo of himself holding a drink with his feet up on a table.
"Finally, I'm allowed to share a taste of what's coming in the next few days!" Sheppard wrote. "Surrounded by an amazing cast and crew, I have relished every minute of playing this new character."
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.