DC's "Doom Patrol" to Hit the Big Screen

They used to be considered DC's answer to Marvel's "X-Men," but your average movie fan has probably never heard of "Doom Patrol." Well, that's about to change, because the dark-hero team will soon be a movie, thanks to Warner Bros. and producer Akiva Goldsman.

Says Variety: "Warner Bros. Pictures is giving new life to DC Comics cult favorite "Doom Patrol," about a band of superheroes with freakish powers, with Akiva Goldsman producing the bigscreen adaptation through his Warners-based Weed Road Pictures. Studio has hired Adam Turner to pen the screenplay.

News is sure to set off buzz at Comic-Con. Debuting in 1963, "Doom Patrol" was often compared to Marvel's "X-Men." Both comics follow the exploits of a band of super-powered social misfits ostracized by the rest of the world. As with X-Men, the Doom Patrol is guided by a wheelchair-boundmentor in fighting evil. Characters include Elasti-Girl, Negative Man and Robotman."

Akiva Goldsman's comic book resumé includes "Batman Forever" and "Batman & Robin."

Comments

Paul_Is_Drunk

Paul Andersen

Doom Patrol is pretty lame as it is, but this is the clincher...

"Akiva Goldsman's comic book resumé includes "Batman Forever" and "Batman & Robin."

'Nuff said.

Jul 20 - 03:34 AM

sokiveta.com

Michael Sokiveta

From what I understand, Akiva Goldsman was their third choice.

The studio originally wanted the people who made the Brittany Spears movie, Crossroads, and then the people who made the Lopez/Affleck movie, Gigli.

Unfortunately those people were busy doing other projects.

One group was doing a mentos commercial, the other group was busy directing an elementary school play in Boring, OR.

... They just love those 3rd graders.

Jul 20 - 04:59 AM

cgcbooks

Robert Kimberlin

Doom Patrol came out before X-men. Another Stan Lee rip-off.

Jul 20 - 05:02 AM

elziard

elzeard bouffier

yeah, well where have they been in popularity in 43 years compared to the x-men?
seriously, in the many comic book resurgences (80s and 90s being the most commercialized). popularly, no one read doom patrol.

this is only going to be viewed as an attempt to cash in on a similar franchise.

Jul 20 - 09:22 AM

new12play

Nathan Wells

With the success of X-men, I don't see how a movie interpretation with a leader in a wheelchair will have anything but negative criticisms (is that an oxymoron).

Jul 20 - 08:53 AM

dylan21484nj

glenn welsh

yeah, people will likely call Doom Patrol an X-Men ripoff, despite the fact that the Doom Patrol was created before the X-Men (although Doom Patrol began only three months before the X-Men). all the general public knows are the mainstream movies and which of the movies come first, not the comics and which comics were created first. most people had no idea who the X-Men were before the movies came out, so having another movie about a team of superhero misfits with a wheelchair-bound leader will automatically prompt the public to go "They're ripping off the X-Men!"

Jul 20 - 09:19 AM

elziard

elzeard bouffier

yeah, well where have they been in popularity in 43 years compared to the x-men?
seriously, in the many comic book resurgences (80s and 90s being the most commercialized). popularly, no one read doom patrol.

this is only going to be viewed as an attempt to cash in on a similar franchise.

Jul 20 - 09:22 AM

Stro

Jason Evanish

[b]i'll give it a chance[/b]
after brett ratner took a shit on the X-men, I wouldn't mind another look at it.

Of course, my personal dream is Bryan Singer comes back and makes X3.1 and just pretends Ratner's shit-show didn't happen and handles it all right.....but I know that's impossible.

Looking at the director, I have little hope.

I don't understand how these terrible directors keep getting additional shots. i wouldnt think guys like Singer would be so rare, and yet they are.

Thank god for Sam Raimi sticking with Spiderman.

Jul 20 - 09:54 AM

urthlemon

Raymond Consing

[b]Why not the Teen Titans movie instead?[/b]
Why not the Teen Titans movie(live action) with Steven Chao of Kung Fu Hustle directing he seems to have a handle on the style of the cartoon

Jul 20 - 12:19 PM

mojoman

Bill Jourdan

[b]The horror, the horror[/b]
While it certainly never had the big impact on pop culture that X-Men had, I think that Doom Patrol was a fascinating, hilarious, mind bending comic, at least during Grant Morrison's illustrious tenure. If you enjoy DC's Vertigo line of comics written for adults (Sandman, Swamp Thing, Fables, Hellblazer, etc.), you should definitely enjoy this one. Sadly, I suspect it will lend itself to a big screen adaptation about as well as Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentleman (that is, not very).

Why on earth did they pick the wretched Akiva Goldsman for this project? This is the guy who was responsible for the atrocity that was the Batman & Robin screenplay, one of the worst pieces of trash ever to slither onto the big screen. It was just an endless string of lame one liners ("Cool party!", "The Iceman cometh", "Chill out", etc.). I'll never figure out how this man ever managed to garner an Oscar for the overrated "Beautiful Mind", though, granted, it was a step up from his previous work.

I'd love to see a really well done adaptation of Doom Patrol. Maybe a Singer or a Verbinski could pull it off under the right circumstances, but I can't say that I'm optimistic about this project.

Jul 20 - 02:58 PM

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