WARNING: The following article contains minor spoilers for Doom Patrol Season 1, which premieres today on DC Universe.
The Doom Patrol has long some of the strangest superheroes in the DC comics, which is really saying something, when you consider that fictional universe includes among its inhabitants a crime-solving chimpanzee, a demon who frequently speaks in rhyme, and a Green Lantern who's a sentient planet. Their new live-action series, which premieres today on the DC Universe streaming service, assembles a cast of outcasts that includes Robotman, Elasti-Girl, Negative Man, Crazy Jane and, with its second episode, Cyborg.
But they won't be the only offbeat heroes introduced in the first season.
During a recent Q&A in Los Angeles, executive producer Jeremy Carver and actor Timothy Dalton, who plays Niles Caulder, teased upcoming episodes will feature more fan-favorite DC characters.
What's Coming Next
Some of the characters, including Beard Hunter and Danny the Street, were mentioned over the weekend during the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. However, at the Q&A Dalton revealed that, "We've just done an episode, finished last week, that took us to the far north of the continent, the Yukon, where I meet a very extraordinary young woman who is very hairy, might even be considered to be pre-human. Worth watching."
When asked can who else fans can expect to see in the future of the show, Carver replied, "Well, I think you can expect to see a fella named Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man. You can expect to see Beard Hunter. We have a really wonderful arc with Danny the Street. And we're doing a rather emotional turn with some of the Doom Patrol members of yore like Celsius, Lodestone, Tempest and Mento, my God. They'll be in their era-appropriate suits. That's just a taste of what's coming in season 1."
All of those names are important to the history of the Doom Patrol, and speak to how the show might tackle more and more of the stranger corners of the franchise. Many of the characters. like Danny the Street, hail from the Grant Morrison run on the title. A sentient stretch of pavement, Danny has the ability to connect with any city. Essentially serving as the teleporter for the team, the campy Danny became a fan favorite.
Dalton's comments hint at the inclusion Dorothy Spinner, a young member of the Doom Patrol whose body features simian attributes. She possesses the ability to summon her imaginary friends into reality, making her a powerful potential ally.
The other mentioned characters also have strange connections to the team. An immortal woman who can project heat and cold, Celsius was the previously unknown wife of Niles Caulder who formed the second incarnation of the Doom Patrol. Its initial roster included Robotman; the energy-manipulating Tempest; and Negative Woman, who was fused with the same energy being that previously inhabited the late Larry Trainor. Lodestone, who possessed electromagnetic abilities, later joined the team, if only briefly.
Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man is a recurring Doom Patrol foe composed of the elements in his name. A minor villain, Beard Hunter is a serial killer obsessed with killing people who can grow beards.
Perhaps the most important revelation is that Mento will play a role in the series. One of the earliest additions to the Doom Patrol, Mento undergone many changes over the years, notably shifting from a hero to a villain at various points. Thanks to his mind-controlling helmet, he's potentially one of the most powerful members of the team -- or one of its biggest threats. In the comics, he married Elasti-Girl, and the two adopted Beast Boy.
Premiering Friday 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.