WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the series premiere of Doom Patrol, streaming now on DC Universe.
A founding member of DC's Doom Patrol, Larry Trainor has undergone a number of changes over the past five decades, occasionally even being separated from the Negative Man that inhabits his bandage-wrapped body. The hotshot pilot turned reluctant hero experiences another update with the premiere of DC Universe's live-action Doom Patrol, in which he's revealed to be gay.
This new version of Trainor, played by Matt Bomer, is more conflicted than in the source material. In a flashback to his 1960s origin, Trainor is still an Air Force test pilot ("an American god," Mr. Nobody says his narration) who accidentally comes into contact with a mysterious energy field. He miraculously survives the crash, but is left disfigured and the vessel for a radioactive being with extraordinary abilities. He's shown married with two children, while also carrying on a secret affair with one of his ground crew, a man, who witnesses the accident. That double life, of course, serves to reinforce Trainor's dual nature.
During a special Q&A held ahead of Doom Patrol's premiere, executive producer Jeremy Carver addressed the decision to change the sexuality of Negative Man.
"It was really interesting to me to be telling the story of someone who felt different on the inside back in the day and felt like he was forced to hide it," he said, "and now he looks very different on the outside in the current day, and how that struggle sort of compounds itself onto one person."
"And that's not even including this unknown spirit living within him, which adds to the complexity of his issues," Carver continued. "So it all adds up to an incredibly layered individual, who we'll watch struggle and come to terms with all of it. I think it's one of the more emotional storylines of the season. We're all very much excited for it."
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. New episodes debut each Friday on the premium streaming service.