‘Purge’ Star Joivan Wade Boots Up as Cyborg for DC Universe’s ‘Doom Patrol’
The DC Universe hasn’t even launched yet and it’s already filling its ranks with big-name comic-book characters.
The digital platform set to launch in the fall has Titans in place, with Brenton Thwaites as fan favorite Dick Grayson/Nightwing leading the charge. And today, it’s been announced that The First Purge‘s Joivan Wade has signed on to play Victor Stone (better known as Cyborg) in the Titans spinoff, Doom Patrol.
Described as the charming and sarcastic half-human, half-machine superhero known as Cyborg,” Wade’s Vic can access “every computer on the world, but he struggles to maintain the connections that make him human. Desperate to gain acceptance from the outside world, Vic harnesses the curse of his cybernetic body and uses his powers as the ultimate hero for the digital age.”
In addition to The First Purge, the Brit School-trained Wade has starred in Netflix’s The Weekend Movie, the BBC crime drama The Interceptor and played Rigsy for two seasons of Doctor Who.
Doom Patrol‘s reimagining of the DC Comics team of misfits has already cast April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman and Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, while we’re still waiting on the roles of Robotman, Negative Man and the squad’s leader, the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder, to be filled.
When the show launches after Titans‘ run (Doom Patrol is introduced during the first season), they will be called into action by Justice League member Cyborg for a mission that “will take them to the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC universe.” Jeremy Carver (Supernatural) is serving as the showrunner and executive produces with fellow EPs Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter and DC Comics icon Geoff Johns.
DC Universe’s slate also includes planned live-action projects built around Stargirl and Swamp Thing, and an animated Harley Quinn series. The digital platform will allow users to stream classic DC Comics-based TV shows and movies, read comics on their TVs and interact with members of the fan community. So basically, it plans to devour all of our free time and we’re OK with that.