“The Earth’s Strangest” heroes are getting their first live-action treatment when Doom Patrol hits the DC Universe streaming service on February 15. The show is a decidedly wonky, wonderful delight from the character designs, to the performances, to the mysterious donkey who appears at the end of the premiere to literally discharge an ominous message from its ass. (The show is weird, people!) But I also understand that the members of the Doom Patrol—who have been around since My Greatest Adventure #80 in June 1963—aren’t as immediately recognizable as the Clark Kents and Bruce Waynes of the world.
Like every superhero crew in existence, the Doom Patrol line-up has gone through several changes over the years. The Teen Titans’ Beast Boy was onboard for a bit, as were bit players like Bumblebee, Lodestone, and Dorothy Spinner. But the core four as first imagined by writers Arnold Drake and Bob Haney along with artist Bruno Premiani—and the template being used for the live-action series—consist of Cliff Steele/Robotman, Rita Farr/Elasti-Woman, and Larry Trainor/Negative Man under the tutelage of “The Chief”, Niles Caulder. The live-action show will also include Crazy Jane, a character created by writer Grant Morrison and artist Richard Case for their absolute bonkers run on the series.
If those super-names were met with a super “who?”, I got you covered. Here’s our rundown of the oddities who call themselves the Doom Patrol.