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  • written by Jasper June 25, 2020

    Matt Bomer on Bringing Queer Representation to Prestige Superhero TV

    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!

    written by Jasper June 13, 2020

    ‘Doom Patrol’ Season 2 Official Trailer

    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.

    written by Jasper May 27, 2020

    Gallery Update: ‘Doom Patrol’ Season 1

    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!


    written by Luciana November 11, 2018

    DC Titans: ‘Doom Patrol’ Screen Captures

    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.

    written by Luciana October 15, 2018

    Matt Bomer joined DC Universe on Doom Patrol

    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.

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