DC Universe’s Doom Patrol is already on many genre fans’ must-watch list, and now it’s upped the ante by bringing in former Bond, Timothy Dalton.
Courtesy of Deadline, Dalton has been brought in to play the leader of the titular team, Dr Niles Caulder, aka The Chief. If you’re keeping up with us, you’ll be well aware that Bruno Bichir was reported to be playing that role in Titans. As such, it remains to be seen whether Dalton is replacing Bichir in Titans or whether Doom Patrol is just going for a different actor as their Chief – which, frankly, would make no sense given how both shows exist in the same universe.
With that said, it could be that Bichir was incorrectly reported as playing Chief – as in, he’s got another role – or maybe it’s just that he’s had to drop off, and as such has been replaced by Dalton.
The official blurb on Doom Patrol reads:
Doom Patrol is a re-imagining of one 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 warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.
Doom Patrol will debut next year on DC Universe.