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‘Doom Patrol’ Is the Craziest DC Superhero Adventure Yet

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When last we saw the Doom Patrol, DC Comics’ misfit heroes were as good as dead. Facing off against the demonic Candlemaker, race car driver-turned-robot Cliff (Brendan Fraser), blob starlet Rita (April Bowlby), radioactive alien spirit-possessed mummy Larry (Matt Bomer) and booyah-declaring machine boy Cyborg (Joivan Wade) were fatally covered in wax at a county fair. Seemingly defeated, their only hope against the fiery goliath was Dorothy (Abigail Monterey), the animal-faced daughter of Doom Patrol founder Niles Caulder (Timothy Dalton), who shared a special connection with the towering adversary. Meanwhile, multiple personality-afflicted Jane (Diane Guerrero) was fighting her own battle in the Underground, the mental space where she and the other identities inside young Kay (Skye Roberts) reside, since she’d discovered that Miranda (Samantha Marie Ware)—the personality that had lately become the “primary”—was in fact an evil manifestation of her abusive father, whose monstrous conduct fractured Kay’s psyche in the first place.

It was a lot for a cliffhanger, to put it mildly.

Doom Patrol’s second season finale was also perfectly in character for Jeremy Carver’s superhero venture, which debuted in 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service and now makes its sole and permanent home on HBO Max. A change in venue has done nothing to diminish the idiosyncratic craziness of the series, whose third season (premiering September 23) picks up right where it left off, with Dorothy going toe-to-toe with the Candlemaker. It’s no great shock to discover that the core members of the Doom Patrol survive this encounter,........

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