Warner Bros. On Doom Patrol

Among the many comic-related developments announced in conjunction with this week’s San Diego Comic-Con Int’l is Warner Bros. plan to make a feature film based on the 40-year-old DC Comics property Doom Patrol. Daily Variety reports that Academy Award-winning scribe Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) is producing the superhero pic through his Weed Road Pictures shingle at Warner Bros. The screenplay will be written by Adam Turner.

Throughout the years, DC and competitor Marvel have at times come up with similar characters and franchises like DC’s Swamp Thing and Marvel’s Man-Thing, for instance. Likewise, Doom Patrol has drawn comparisons to Marvel’s X-Men series, since it also chronicles the exploits of a team of super-powered misfits who fight evil forces while trying to find their place in the world. And like the X-Men, the members of the Doom Patrol are led by a brilliant scientist who is confined to a wheelchair. To differentiate its potential tentpole, Warner Bros. will have to find a way to put a fresh twist on the concept.

Created by writers Bob Haney and Arnold Drake, and artist Bruno Premiani, Doom Patrol debuted in 1963 in DC’s My Greatest Adventure #80. When it failed to develop a significant following, the series was discontinued in 1968 but has since been dusted off a number of times by different writers. The Doom Patrol team members have changed with the various incarnations of the comic, but the original lineup includes Negative Man, Elasti-Girl, Robotman, Mento and Beast Boy.