While the titular team of DC Universe's new original series Doom Patrol was first introduced in an episode of Titans, the relationship between the two shows is actually a fair bit more complicated than a simple shared universe, according to Doom Patrol showrunners Jeremy Carver and Sarah Schechter.
"They're in the same world," Carver told DC, before clarifying. "We're asking fans to come to this version of the show knowing that it is the same world, but it's a different continuity. While there are elements of Titans and the show's introduction of our team, not all characterizations are the same and it's just best to come into it with a fresh look."
"The best thing I can say to the fans is don't look for the same continuity from the Titans introduction of the Doom Patrol to Doom Patrol's Doom Patrol," Carver continued. "That will bring the most enjoyment instead of looking around corners for something that you may have thought was there from Titans."
However, Carver didn't entirely discount a way for the show's to exist in the same general continuity.
"Being super honest, maybe more honest than I'm supposed to be, there's a way you can squint and see where that version fits into this version," Carver said. "But from my opinion, it’s best to say that it’s a new and different version."
Elsewhere in the interview, Schechter explained that future crossovers between the two shows are also rather unlikely, seeing as how Doom Patrol films in Atlanta and Titans in Toronto.
"It was fun to play with those characters, and we wanted to," she explained. "There was always a sense that they could work on their own. We love the characters so much, but it was like taking a bite of the cookie dough before you bake the cookies."
She described the crossovers featuring The CW's Arrowverse series as being "nearly impossible" to pull off as it is, despite all the shows being filmed in Vancouver. In turn, she explains that a similar DC Universe crossover would "be really difficult."
In turn, it appears that the DC Universe originals are following a similar route as Warner Bros.' DC film universe post-Aquaman, focusing less on shared continuities and more on individual tales.
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.