Doom Patrol is still gathering its heroes, but now they have a villain to face off against, as Alan Tudyk has been cast as living shadow Mr. Nobody. The show is set to premiere on DC Entertainment's new streaming service, DC Universe, which will offer access to both new and classic DC TV shows and movies, as well as a select rage of comics. We recently learned that DC Universe will launch on September 15, though Doom Patrol won't arrive until next year.
A collection of "The World's Strangest Heroes," Doom Patrol has already cast Brendan Fraser as the voice of Cliff Steele a.k.a. Robotman, Jovian Wade as Victor Stone a.k.a. Cyborg, Diane Guerrero as Jane Morris a.k.a. Crazy Jane, and April Bowlby as Rita Farr a.k.a. Elasti-Woman. Earlier this month it was reported that Doom Patrol would feature Mr. Nobody as its main villain, and now that rumor has been confirmed.
Deadline reports that Alan Tudyk has been cast as Eric Morden a.k.a. Mr Nobody, a man who was subjected to a torture device called the White Room that eventually drove him insane and destroyed his original body, transforming him into an unhinged living shadow with a hole where his heart should be. Mr. Nobody created a supervillain team called the Brotherhood of Dada (a suitable foil for the strange collection of heroes in Doom Patrol), and has the ability to drain people of their sanity.
As with Fraser playing Robotman, this is presumably a voice-only role for Tudyk (unless we get to see Morden's origin story) - which makes sense, given that Tudyk is as well-known for his voice-acting as he is for live-action performance. Though he's most recognizable as Wash from the short-lived sci-fi series Firefly, he was also the voice of dry-witted robot K-2S0 in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and the titular character in I, Robot. Doom Patrol won't be Tudyk's first foray into the DC Universe, as he previously voiced Green Arrow in the animated series Young Justice and various video games.
Tudyk is an excellent addition to an already strong cast. If executed well, Doom Patrol could prove to be DC Universe's answer to The CW's Legends of Tomorrow: an eclectic collection of superheroes going on a series of bizarre adventures. It will certainly be interesting to see how a character like Mr. Nobody is realized in a live-action show.