Cue the first piece of DC Universe related casting news that has my attention piqued.
Countering the fears of some that the recently cast Joivan Wade as Cyborg would potentially replace him on the roster of the upcoming Titans spin-off, Doom Patrol; Deadline has revealed that Cliff Steele/Robotman will indeed take part in the action and he’ll be played by a wholly unexpected, but exciting, choice.
Brendan Fraser, the Encino Man himself (and the star of the Mummy franchise of yore), is stepping into the role – voicing the character in his superhero incarnation, as well as playing Steele pre-accident in flashback sequences.
Fraser had been off the radar for a number of years, having taken a hiatus from acting, but has recently been the focus of a bit of a renaissance in terms of his television work, having recently appeared on series like Trust and The Affair.
Riley Shanahan will portray the physical body of Robotman in full costume.
Strangely, this is a recast of the role, as Jake Michaels was cast as Robotman in Titans. But perhaps that’s only in the briefest of glimpses, as Bruno Bichir is set to play Niles Caulder on Titans, but Kelsey Grammer is currently in talks for the role in Doom Patrol itself. One presumes a quick appearance before the characters show up “for real” on their series, proper.
Or maybe there’s been some serious retooling behind the scenes.
Fraser joins already announced cast members April Bowlby (Elasti-Woman), Diane Guerrero (Crazy Jane), and the above-mentioned Wade (Cyborg).
Here’s the log-line on the series:
“Doom Patrol” is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcasts: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman and Crazy Jane. Led by the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder they’re called into action by the ultimate hero for the digital age, Cyborg. Banding together these rejects find themselves on a mission that will take them to the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC universe.
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