HBO Max will carry second season of the offbeat DC superhero team Doom Patrol, in addition to all the new content from the DC Universe. The preview reintroduces the superhero team — Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Negative Man (Matt Bomer), Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby), Jane (Diane Guerrero) and Cyborg (Joivan Wade), and the villain, omniscient Mr. Nobody (Alan Tudyk) — and picks up after their Season 1 battle left the Doom Patrol miniaturized.
Their press release says:
“Following the defeat of Mr. Nobody, the members of the Doom Patrol now find themselves mini-sized and stranded on Cliff’s toy race car track. Here they begin to deal with their feelings of betrayal by Niles Caulder a.k.a. the Chief (Timothy Dalton), while confronting their own personal baggage,” HBO Max said of Season 2. “And as each member faces the challenge of growing beyond their own past traumatic experiences, they must come together to embrace and protect the newest member of the family: Dorothy Spinner (Abigail Shapiro), Niles’ daughter, whose powers remain a mysterious but real threat to bringing on the end of the world.”
Although Doom Patrol originally aired on the DC Universe streaming service, and will return to that service for season 2, HBO Max has also been added to the mix. Both services will carry the series’ second season, which premieres with three episodes on Thursday June 25th. Following that, new episodes will happen weekly for the remainder of Season 2.
Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max, and President, TNT, TBS, and truTV said: “Shortly after the initial launch our monthly strategy kicks in, as we introduce great new originals every month throughout the year.” HBO Max originals include both live action an animated series, reality shows and documentaries.
HBO Max, the new streaming service, launched May 20, 2020, and already has an immense library and subscribership. It’s owned by WarnerMedia Entertainment, the same company that owns Warner Bros. Studios, the DC Universe streaming service, and DC Comics. That Doom Patrol is being released on both DC Universe and HBO Max simultaneously signals an ongoing process that will end with HBO Max being the surviving streaming service, with DC Universe eventually just being folded into it. WarnerMedia obviously doesn’t need to be running two streaming services, so consolidation makes sense.