What America needs, now more than ever, is an animated Doom Patrol series
You may be asking yourself, But Gordon, why exactly do we need this? Well, taking my cue from another, better blog, here are five reasons for an animated Doom Patrol series:
- Immediate Audience Identification - an animated series geared more towards early-mid adolescents would hit upon the themes of alienation, dysfunction, and support. Everyone, at one point, feels like an outsider: these are characters who anyone can identify with...and in all honesty, that makes for better drama. Speaking of which...
- We need an animated DC series that doesn't quite take itself so seriously - if Batman: The Brave and the Bold proves anything, it's that you can do a slightly tongue-in-cheek animated series without going over the top. Given that the source material had a slightly loopy sense of humor - and that most animated DC features are "tentpole" events - bringing a Drake/Giffen-esque sensibility to animation would make it all the more appealing.
- Bruce Campbell as the voice of Larry Trainor, aka Negative Man - There. I said it. I will fight you if you disagree.
- I smell "franchise"...and I hate that word: If you're reading DC's Legacies miniseries, it's established that the Doom Patrol's "demise" began a darker age in the DC universe. The fact that the group has left and been reinvented several times over says that there's life in this team. Let's face it - this is a concept that could easily be, say, an Addams Family-esque take on superheroes. And we need more of that in our animated entertainment.
- So many different takes = one consistently engaging series. I've written about my love for the series multiple times...and at least one blog post was highlighted by pal Chuck. With such a diverse range of stories, an animated Doom Patrol series would be many things...except boring
|Admit it - you would watch this. Seriously.|