After seven episodes, we got to see OG Larry Trainor again, even for a short time. Well, it would be a shame not to see him in an episode focused on fatherhood, wouldn’t it? Check out screencaps in our gallery! This season originally consisted ten episodes, but due to the crisis, production got cut short and they weren’t able to finish the tenth episode in time. So don’t miss the season finale next week!
Sorry for the delay on these, the new season of Doom Patrol premiered last week on HBO Max with its first three episodes. Matt still voices Larry Trainor, but he only made an appearance physically on the first episode. These first few episodes have been quite sad for Larry. Check out high-resolution screencaps in our gallery!
As part of their Rainbow Crew interview series, Matt spoke with Digital Spy to discuss his heroic role in Doom Patrol. The first three episodes of the new season are available to stream now on HBO Max!
Matt Bomer wasn’t planning to star in a superhero show. He had just finished up Boys in the Band on Broadway when DC approached him for the role of Larry Trainor. As Bomer puts it, “Doom Patrol came out of left field,” and that’s rather fitting given how wild this show actually is.
Based on comics first written in 1963, the “World’s Strangest Heroes” are misfits in every sense of the word. Not only do their bizarre powers alienate them from the world at large, but the Doom Patrol franchise has always been an outlier too, often sidelined in favour of more ‘appealing’ outsiders like the X-Men.
That’s starting to change now though thanks to the Doom Patrol TV show. Inspired by Grant Morrison’s relentlessly weird run from the late eighties, this new adaptation subverts superhero tropes by incorporating Dadaist elements of abstract surrealism… and that’s exactly what appealed to Bomer in the first place.
“I think we’re living in an era of episodics where, you know, the more unique, the better! There’s so much content out there. So, I hope the show continues to get weirder and weirder.”
Given what we’ve seen of season two so far, it’s safe to say that Bomer’s got his wish. Following on from all those carnivorous butts and the cockroach kisses of season one, new episodes include a super-powered ape-faced girl and Doctor Tyme, a disco-loving time traveller who wears a clock for a head.
That’s a lot to absorb for even diehard comic-book fans, but as Bomer points out, these “bizarre, offbeat” stories are actually grounded in something far more universal:
“As much as it’s a fun superhero show, Doom Patrol is really about the human condition, and the capacity for even the most marginalised amongst us to find our inner hero.”
Watching Robotman contend with his shitty past or Rita struggle with her self-worth, it’s clear that each member of the team is deeply flawed in some way, much like we all are, and it’s this trauma which grounds Doom Patrol, transforming it into something truly special.
You can read the full interview at Digital Spy!
In light of the premiere of Doom Patrol, Matt spoke with ET Online to discuss the new season and bringing Larry Trainor to life.
Known for his breakout role in White Collar, his Golden Globe–winning turn in The Normal Heart as well as the Magic Mike films, Matt Bomer is the first to admit that doing a superhero series wasn’t at the top of the list of what he wanted to do next in his career. But when it comes to Doom Patrol, the trippy DC Universe series returning for season 2 on HBO Max, he found himself attracted to the pathos imbued in the storytelling. “What I love about this show is that as much as it is prestige superhero television, it’s really about the human condition and the capacity for even the most marginalized among us to find their inner hero,” he tells ET.
On the series, which was adapted for the screen by executive producer Jeremy Carver along with superhero savant Greg Berlanti, Bomer plays Larry Trainor, whom he describes as “one part Montgomery Clift, one part elephant man.” A closeted Air Force pilot who’s badly burned in a plane crash after he makes contact with a negative spirit, Trainor has managed to survive decades later thanks to the special bandages covering his body that prevent the spread of radioactivity emitting from his body.
Over the course of season 1, Trainor is haunted by his past as he tries to come to terms with his sexuality and relationship with fellow pilot John Bowers (Kyle Clements), whom he pushed away after the accident and never fully got over.
“I love working on Larry because it never felt — other than some of the bigger-budget action sequences or special effects sequences — it never felt like I was working on a superhero show,” Bomer says. “There was so much pathos and character-driven drama in those scenes that it felt like I was just getting to work on a really great well-written show. Especially those scenes with John.”
The scenes the actor is referring to include some of the flashbacks with Trainor and Bowers in a motel room and later at a gay bar, where they both get to be themselves, even as Trainor is trying to figure out how to be completely comfortable in his own skin.
“Season 1 was so much about self-discovery and being able to finally come to terms with his own authenticity after 60 years of basically shutting down and diving into his past, and going from a man who had thought that he had to, in order to achieve what he wanted, cut off the most authentic part of himself,” Bomer says, explaining that journey then allowed Trainor to “ultimately find love and acceptance for himself and be able to come out to his crew.”
Read the full interview at ET Online!
Check out the full trailer for the new season of Doom Patrol, arriving on HBO Max June 25th! The first three episodes will be out on the premiere day, followed by a new weekly episode for the next six weeks. I hope everybody is as ready as we are! Matt will also be appearing (via video chat) on Live with Kelly and Ryan on June 16th to discuss the show.
DC’s strangest group of heroes — Cliff Steele aka Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Larry Trainor aka Negative Man (Matt Bomer), Rita Farr aka Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby), Jane aka Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), and Victor Stone aka Cyborg (Joivan Wade) — are back again to save the world. That is, if they can find a way to grow up…both figuratively and literally. Following the defeat of Mr. Nobody, the members of the Doom Patrol now find themselves mini-sized and stranded on Cliff’s toy race car track. Here they begin to deal with their feelings of betrayal by Niles Caulder aka The Chief (Timothy Dalton), while confronting their own personal baggage. And as each member faces the challenge of growing beyond their own past traumatic experiences, they must come together to embrace and protect the newest member of the family: Dorothy Spinner (Abigail Shapiro), Niles’ daughter, whose powers remain a mysterious but real threat to bringing on the end of the world.
Hey guys! Apologies if I’m taking too long on the updates. HBO Max has officially launched today, so you can catch the entire first season of Doom Patrol on the new streaming service! The second season will also be available there as the new episodes will be released simultaneously with DC Universe.
Anyhow, I have updated the gallery with promotional images, high-quality stills and high-resolution screencaps from the first season. I only included those of Matt’s appearances as Larry Trainor. Check them out, enjoy!
Last week Titans aired the episode titled Doom Patrol, in which we could see the first look of the team behind the new DC Universe show. With it, we could see Negative Man – and the scene was beyond amazing, as you can watch below:
As previously announced, Matt will voice over the character, and we will see him in flashbacks scenes as Larry Trainor. Larry is a former pilot, who crashed into negative energy and is now wrapped in bandages from head to toe.
On upcoming episodes I’ll only upload captures with the flashback scenes, but since this is the first (and apparently only one) on Titans, you can check Matthew Zuk as the Negative Man scenes in our gallery.
We’ve been begging DC to cast Matt Bomer as Nightwing for years. It seems DC enjoyed our input but decided to cast him in another project instead. He joined the Titans spinoff series Doom Patrol, as Negative Man. Bomer’s casting was announced Wednesday by Fraser at the Titans world premiere at New York Comic-Con. The actor surprised fans with a video greeting from the show’s Atlanta set.
Due in 2019, the live-action drama is based on the DC Comics title of the same name. The project revolves around superhero outcasts Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Negative Man, Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby) and Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), who are led by modern-day mad scientists Dr. Niles Caulder (Timothy Dalton) and Cyborg (Joivan Wade). Alan Tudyk stars as Mr. Nobody.
Bomer will take on the role of Negative Man, appearing as alter ego Larry Trainor in flashback scenes and providing the character’s voiceover. Matthew Zuk will take on the physical performance of the character on set in costume. He replaces Riley Shanahan, who was previously poised to provide the physical performance of Fraser’s Robotman.