Joivan Wade Cast As Cyborg In DC Universe’s ‘Doom Patrol’
British actor Joivan Wade has landed the role of Vic Stone, aka Cyborg in DC Universe’s upcoming ‘Doom Patrol‘ series.
‘Doom Patrol’ is a re-imagining of one of DC’s most beloved group of outcast superheroes: 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.
The description of the show said that ‘Doom Patrol’ will pick up after the events of DCU’s other upcoming series, ‘Titans’ and will see the outcast band of heroes called to action by Cyborg, as he comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore.
Wade is a reasonably well-known face on UK TV, having starred in ‘EastEnders’ as Jordan Johnson, comedy-drama ‘Youngers’, and popping up as Rigsy in the Capaldi-era of ‘Doctor Who’. He will join the already announced cast members of April Bowlby (‘Two and a Half Men’, ‘Drop Dead Diva’) as Elasti-Girl and Diane Guerrero (‘Orange Is the New Black’, ‘Jane the Virgin’) as Crazy Jane.
What is interesting is that all the press releases seem to be placing Cyborg as part of ‘Doom Patrol’, will no real mention of him being part of ‘Titans’… Which is a little odd, as in the comics, Cyborg has been a Teen Titan (and a Justice League) member, but never part of Doom Patrol. I rather suspect we are going to see a lot of crossover between these two shows.
For those of you unfamiliar with the character, Cyborg, who is a half-human, half-machine, former football star, is described as “charming and sarcastic, Vic may be connected to every computer on the world, but he struggles to maintain the connections that make him human. Desperate to gain acceptance from the outside world, Vic harnesses the curse of his cybernetic body and uses his powers as the ultimate hero for the digital age.”
‘Doom Patrol‘ is being written by Jeremy Carver (‘Supernatural’, ‘Frequency’, ‘Being Human’)who will also EP alongside Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns and Sarah Schechter. Production will start this year with a view to airing in 2019 on DC Universe, DC’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service. Annoyingly, we still don’t have any information on the international rollout of the service yet, but we’re hoping it’s not going to be too long after the US launch in Autumn 2018.