Bruno Bichir (Absentia) has been cast to lead the Doom Patrol in the upcoming DC streaming live action Titans TV series.
Bichir’s Chief is basically the Doom Patrol’s answer to Professor X. Here’s how his character is described, with a description coming from Deadline:
Bichir will play Dr. Niles (The Chief) Caulder, a pioneer in medical science, searching the world over for those on the edge of death in need of a miracle. Brilliant, but controversial, Dr. Caulder will stop at nothing to help those he believes are in need, including his collection of strange heroes known as The Doom Patrol.
Titans is expected to hit later in 2018 and will star Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson (Robin/Nightwing), Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Anna Diop as Starfire, Alan Ritchson as Hawk, Minka Kelly as Dove, and many more. Hopefully we will have a start date soon.
The live-action Titans are going to be joined by another famous DC super-team on the series that is coming to the upcoming DC-branded streaming service.
DC’s Geoff Johns tweeted the cover page for the script for Episode 5 of Titans, which is called… “The Doom Patrol!” Johns is writer and Orphan Black director and co-creator John Fawcett is directing the episode. You can see the Tweet below.
Originally conceived at the same time as Marvel’s X-Men and with a similar outcast approach, the Doom Patrol has seen various iterations in the comics over the years, with the latest version coming from DC’s Young Animal imprint and currently crossing over with the Justice League in a story called “Milk Wars.” The character of Garfield Logan a.k.a. Beast Boy has long had ties to the Doom Patrol, and of course Beast Boy is part of this show as played by Ryan Potter.
Not content for us having different actors playing Ra’s al Ghul in Batman Begins, Arrow and Gotham, a casting breakdown posted by That Hashtag Show implies that yet another Ra’s actor may be on the way — for DC’s streaming Titans.
Here’s the breakdown so you can see it for yourself:
Male, 40s-50s, Middle Eastern, Latin, or East Indian. Seeking a young Richard Attenborough type. Fearless, manipulative, with unparalleled intelligence. Recurring guest star, seeking recognizable faces only.
Titans is coming to the still unnamed DC Comics-based streaming service which just announced a Metropolis series. Also on the service will be a third season of Young Justice, titled Young Justice: Outsiders.
A villain that was seen on The CW series Arrow may be in the first episode of the upcoming live-action Titans series, seemingly confirming that the show will take place in a totally different universe.
The IMDb page for Titans lists actor Mark Antony Krupa (Rogue) as playing Konstantin Kovar. First appearing in DC Comics with Teen Titans #18 back in 1968 and created by Marv Wolfman and the late Len Wein, Kovar is the father of the Titans-affiliated character Leonid Kovar who was eventually known as Red Star. Could this mean that Red Star might show up on the series as well? Maybe!
Konstantin Kovar was a major figure in the Arrow Season 5 flashbacks where he was played by Dolph Lundgren.
Do note that this casting is not yet officially confirmed by the studio; we have reached out and hopefully we will get confirmation soon.
In addition to the Kovar casting, it looks like Titans has found their villain, the Acolyte. Jarreth Merz (MacGyver, Six, Ben-Hur, ER) is listed as playing the role. The recent Twitter follows from Mr. Merz include Titans’ Brenton Thwaites which could lead credence to the accuracy of this casting.
DC’s upcoming Titans series for their still unnamed streaming service may be getting a Wonder-ful addition.
That Hashtag Show has gotten a hold of yet another casting breakdown, and this one is for a character that… sounds very much like a certain Titans mainstay — specifically, Donna Troy, a.k.a. Wonder Girl.
Here’s the breakdown:
[RUTH GIBBS] Female, 20s, Caucasian or Latina or Middle Eastern, or ethnically ambiguous. Confident and kick ass. Educated. RECURRING GUEST STAR THIS SEASON WITH AN OPTION FOR SERIES REGULAR NEXT SEASON.
“Ruth Gibbs” is clearly an alias, as many other casting notices for this series have had. The notion that there’s an option to become a series regular tells us that this is an important figure in Titans lore — and there are very few as important as Donna, at least when it comes to characters not already announced for the show and/or appearing in movies or the Arrowverse.
Titans will launch with the DC Comics streaming service in 2018.
Proving the theory that the same dozen actors keep playing comic book roles, Alan Ritchson is now the second Aquaman to take on a second superheroic role as he has joined the cast of Titans in a recurring role as Hawk of Hawk & Dove fame.
Ritchson played Aquaman in the highly-rated Smallville episode “Aqua” and subsequently made some return appearances in later seasons of the show.
A decade ago, TV’s second Aquaman, Justin Hartley, became TV’s first Green Arrow after his Aquaman TV pilot went nowhere. The two later teamed up in more than one episode of Smallville. Also interesting to note is that Ritchson’s Aquaman’s partner “Mera,” Elena Satine, is also soon returning to the superhero world on FOX’s The Gifted.
Joining Ritchson’s Hawk is Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger a.k.a. Dove. Dove is described as “strategic, defensive and lithe” — the opposite of Hawk’s “aggressive, offensive bruiser.”
Minka Kelly also has a Smallville connection, having starred in the Charlie’s Angels update that was created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar in 2011.
Hawk & Dove will be recurring on Titans Season 1 with the potential of becoming season regulars in Season 2 and/or a possible Hawk & Dovespinoff series down the road.
Deadline broke this news today. Titans is coming to DC’s still-untitled streaming service next year.