One of the main arguments for the so-called “superhero fatigue” is that superhero movies are becoming all too similar. Doom Patrol finally gave us a superhero show that isn’t afraid to go completely cuckoo bananas
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Doom Patrol, and its tale of people whose powers and appearance alienated them from society and are more like a curse than a gift, sounds similar to Marvel’s X-Men. But to do that would be to diminish what makes Doom Patrol special.
At the heart of Doom Patrol is a rag-tag group of accident victims and marginalized outcasts whose powers are often manifestations of their traumas: Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero) is a girl with 64 different personalities all with different powers, which were created as a defense mechanism to help survive her abuse. Rita Farr (April Bowlby) was broken by the Hollywood system of the ‘50s and now battles with keeping her blob-like body in one piece, which becomes a stand-in for her own self-loathing and body issues. Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer) and his self-hatred towards the Negative Spirit that resides within him is a not-so-subtle allegory for Larry’s internalized homophobia and regrets of the past.
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