The latest DC Universe original series, Doom Patrol embraces all the absurdity and weirdness that the most obscure corners of the DCU have to offer, and gauging by cast interviews and teases, the show has no plan to slow down as its first season unfolds.
While promoting the series, the show's cast and crew have indicated that the inaugural season will feature both new heroes outside of the team's main roster and some of DC Comics' strangest characters, perfectly in spirit with the team's mission statement to "stay weird." With that in mind, CBR runs down all the major (and some minor) DC characters expected to appear over the first season of Doom Patrol.
While it's a given that the Doom Patrol will obviously feature in their own series, let's do a quick rundown of the first season's main roster: Assembled by the scientist Niles Caulder, the team features a lineup of heroes, each one broken in their own way and leaving past lives behind. Robotman had been a race car driver before a tragic accident destroyed his body, while Negative Man had been a gifted pilot before a crash gave him his powers. Victor Stone was a high school athletic prodigy before suffering his own accident that turned him into Cyborg. Elasti-Woman had been a popular Hollywood actor before a filming incident left her with a malleable body, and Crazy Jane has a plethora of multiple personalities existing within the confines of her mind, each vying for control.
Each sporting their own respective damage, the Doom Patrol bond through their tragic pasts and strive to become something greater under the Doc's guidance.
Serving as the first season's principal antagonist (as well as its narrator), Alan Tudyk's Mister Nobody has the ability to drain victims' sanity and the uncanny power of attracting lost objects since, well, they belong to "nobody." Existing slightly outside of the show's reality, Nobody is able to comment on the proceedings of the show, making him a relatively reliable narrator despite his villainous intent.
Mister Nobody was created by original Doom Patrol creators Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani in 1964's Doom Patrol #86 under his civilian identity as Eric Morden. In 1989's Doom Patrol #26, Vol. 2, Grant Morrison and Richard Case reintroduced the villain with an incarnation heavily influencing his appearance in the DC Universe series.
One of the Doom Patrol's oldest foes, Sven Larsen was a scientist and former student of Niles Caulder that had a falling out in which he accused Caulder of stealing his work. Some time later, Larsen fell into a vat of amino acids giving him the ability to change his body into any animal, plant or mineral, often simultaneously.
Created by Drake and Premiani in 1964's Doom Patrol #89, the villain would go one to become one of the team's most commonly recurring villains, occasionally allied with Mister Nobody in their mutual goal of destroying Niles Caulder and his team once and for all.
Ernest Franklin grew up unable to grow facial hair, which led his grasp on reality to falter and drive him to see all bearded individuals as criminals to be dealt with and their facial hair to be forcibly removed as he took on the mantle of Beard Hunter.
Created by Grant Morrison and Vince Giarrano in 1991's Doom Patrol #45, the character was meant to be a parody of sorts of the more lethal superheroes that were popular at the time, including Marvel's Punisher. In fact, Beard Hunter sports an outfit similar to Frank Castle's, complete with a skull logo... covered by a full beard and mustache.