The ‘Doom Patrol‘ series, set to air after ‘Titans‘ finishes its first season on the DC Universe streaming service, has cast its newest member. Cyborg will be played by English actor Joivan Wade, who has had roles in Doctor Who, Eastenders and more recently ‘The First Purge’. He has also been a part of comedy collective ‘Mandem on the Wall’, as well as featuring in a breakout role on E4’s ‘Youngers’. Jeremy Carver has also been announced as the showrunner and an executive producer for Doom Patrol, with Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns and Sarah Schecter also executive producing.
Cyborg has prominently featured any many past DC shows and movies. More recently played by Ray Fisher in the Justice League movie. The character also featured in episodes of Smallville portrayed by the late Lee Thompson Young. Cyborg is also featured regularly in animated media, including the popular Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go on Cartoon Network.
Victor Stone was an up and coming athlete who, after being involved in an accident, was reconstructed and became the hero ‘Cyborg’. The official character describes Wade’s Cyborg as, “the charming and sarcastic half-human, half-machine superhero known as Cyborg. Vic may be connected to every computer on the world, but he struggles to maintain the connections that make him human. Desperate to gain acceptance from the outside world, Vic harnesses the curse of his cybernetic body and uses his powers as the ultimate hero for the digital age.”
In the comics, Cyborg has had a history with the Teen Titans, but is more commonly featured in newer comics alongside the Justice League. It has been said that Cyborg will bring the Doom Patrol together, however it is yet unconfirmed whether he will appear alongside the Doom Patrol in the first season of Titans.
Warner Bros Television have stated that Doom Patrol will be, “a reimagining of DC’s most beloved group of outcast Super-Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane, led by modern-day mad scientist Dr.Niles Caulder (The Chief). The Doom Patrol’s members each suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities — but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found purpose through The Chief, who brought them together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence — and to protect Earth from what they find. Part support group, part Super-Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of super-powered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them. Picking up after the events of Titans, Doom Patrol will find these reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”
The only other castings confirmed so far are April Bowlby as Elasti-Girl and Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane.
No air date is confirmed as of yet. Along with Titans, more series will follow, including the likes of Swamp Thing, Harley Quinn and the long awaited 3rd season of Young Justice: Outsiders. A Stargirl series is also in the works on the DC Universe streaming service.
By Jimmy Ioannou
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