Even superheroes can’t defeat the threat of the series finale. IndieWire has confirmed that “Titans” and “Doom Patrol,” two live-action series based on DC Comics characters, will end after their fourth season.
The two series have an interesting development history, as DC Universe original programming on a streaming platform focused on superhero content, launching their first seasons in 2018 (for “Titans”) and 2019 (for “Doom Patrol”). After the launch of HBO Max, DC Universe was relaunched as a free comic book subscription service and the shows moved to the new streamer. “Titans” premiered its fourth and now final season this November, while “Doom Patrol’s” premiered in December; both seasons consist of 12 episodes, split into two six-episode segments, with the final batches of episodes premiering at unannounced times.
“Although this will be the final season of ‘Titans’ and ‘Doom Patrol,’ we are very proud of these shows and are excited for fans to see their climax,” a spokesperson for HBO Max said in a statement. “Throughout four seasons, fans have fallen in love with the Titans and the Doom Patrol, investing in their trials and tribulations and their legendary battles to save the world time and time again.”
We are grateful to Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television for creating such exciting, action-packed, heartfelt series. Thanks to Titans showrunner Greg Walker, Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns, Richard Hatem and the team at Weed Road Pictures. Celebrating Doom Patrol showrunner Jeremy Carver, along with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns, Chris Dingess, and Tamara Becher-Wilkinson.
Both series were produced by Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions, with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter and Geoff Johns as executive producers. “Titans” was developed for TV by Berlanti and Johns with Akiva Goldsman and was based on the superhero group also known as “Teen Titans”. Brenton Thwaites starred as Dick Grayson, Batman’s former sidekick, as he sets out on his own to form his own team. Also starring Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Joshua Orpin, Jay Lycurgo, Franka Potente and Joseph Morgan. Greg Walker served as showrunner for the series and executive produced with Goldsman and Richard Hatem. The series was produced by Weed Road Pictures.
“I am extremely proud of our talented cast, crew and writing staff and their efforts to bring all forty-nine episodes to life over the past five-plus years. I couldn’t have asked for better partners in Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television and HBO Max, as well as Geoff Johns and Akiva Goldsman from the start,” Walker said. “I am incredibly grateful for their unwavering trust throughout the process. Finally, I have to thank our incredible fans for their continued support, commitment, and the passionate community they’ve built around our show. With six episodes left to unleash upon the world, we hope to give our beloved characters the creative closure we all know they deserve.”
Based on characters created in the original comics by writers Arnold Drake and Bob Haney and artist Bruno Premiani, “Doom Patrol” focuses on a group of outcasts who have gained powers through freak accidents and banded together to protect the world. The ensemble cast includes Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Matthew Zuk, Riley Shanahan, Joivan Wade, Skye Roberts and Michelle Gomez, while the two characters are voiced by Brendan Fraser and Matt Bomer. Showrunner Jeremy Carver developed the series for television and executive produced it with Chris Dingess and Tamara Becher-Wilkinson.
“Thank you to our amazingly supportive partners HBO Max, Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions and DC Studios for spoiling us over the past four seasons,” Carver said in a statement. “And what did you smoke?” To our brilliant cast, our indomitable crew, our intrepid writing staff and, above all, our beautiful fans: thank you even more. You made this trip once in a lifetime.”
The news of the end of both shows comes amid a shake-up of Warner Bros. Discovery’s DC content following the hiring of James Gunn and Peter Safran as co-CEOs of DC Studios. The two reportedly have extensive plans to merge movies, TV shows and other media featuring DC characters, and the cleanup has already led to actors like Henry Cavill stepping aside from their film roles. However, some DC shows on HBO Max, such as the animated movie “Harley Quinn,” are still intact, and the series is expected to air a special episode on Valentine’s Day.
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