Warner Bros. Pictures is giving new life to DC Comics cult favorite Doom Patrol, about a band of superheroes with freakish powers, with Akiva Goldsman producing the big screen adaptation through his Warners-based Weed Road Pictures, reports Variety. Adam Turner will write the screenplay.
Debuting in 1963, “Doom Patrol” was often compared to Marvel’s “X-Men.” Both comics follow the exploits of a band of super-powered social misfits ostracized by the rest of the world.
As with X-Men, the Doom Patrol is guided by a wheelchair-boundmentor in fighting evil. Characters include Elasti-Girl, Negative Man and Robotman.
The series, created by Bob Haney, Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani, ceased in 1968 after failing to woo a big audience. DC revived the series several times over the years, however, with more recent incarnations turning “Doom Patrol” into a much darker, edgier comic than “X-Men.”
Producers of the film version are Goldsman and Weed Road’s Kerry Foster.