Twitter sees an outpouring of grief among the Doom Patrol fanbase after HBO Max announces that it’s pulling the plug on the superhero series.
Doom Patrol fans recently took to Twitter to mourn the DC series after its cancelation by HBO Max.
The social media platform was awash with tweets lamenting the demise of the “weird, heartbreaking, hilarious, strange, queer little superhero show” soon after the news broke. Many of the tweets focused on Doom Patrol‘s perceived quality, with some branding it “one of the best comic shows around.” Others expressed shock at the seeming abruptness of HBO Max’s announcement, which some fans said had left them inconsolable. Series writer Eric Dietel even weighed in on Doom Patrol getting axed, bidding the show farewell with a photo of a glass of whiskey in front of a DC Comics trade paperback.
HBO Max confirmed it was not renewing Doom Patrol for a fifth season on Jan. 25, 2023. The streaming platform also revealed it was scrapping another DC series, Titans, as well. In an official statement, HBO Max representatives said the streamer was “proud” of Doom Patrol, and praised its core creative personnel for successfully translating the DC source material to the screen. “[W]e celebrate showrunner Jeremy Carver and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns, Chris Dingess and Tamara Becher-Wilkinson,” the statement read, in part. “For four seasons, fans have fallen in love with the Titans and Doom Patrol, investing in their trials and tribulations, and in their legendary battles saving the world time and time again.”
HBO Max Cancels DC’s Doom Patrol
While Doom Patrol‘s cancelation caught many fans off guard, there were warning signs that the series was in trouble. Notably, a cryptic Instagram Story posted by Crazy Jane actor Diane Guerrero on Jan. 22 seemingly hinted that Doom Patrol Season 4 might be the show’s last. The Story consisted of Crazy Jane footage accompanied by the caption “Goodbye my beloved,” suggesting that either Guerrero was leaving Doom Patrol or that the show itself was coming to an end. Guerrero has since deleted the post, however, those fans who saw it now understand its significance.
Not every member of the production was so quick to let go, though. Doom Patrol showrunner Jeremy Carver previously downplayed speculation the HBO Max series was at risk of cancelation, insisting the cast and crew’s enthusiasm would keep the show alive. Carver even teased the show’s future, confirming he was open to changing the Doom Patrol team roster post-Season 4.
Doom Patrol Season 4, Part 1 is currently streaming on HBO Max. Part 2 does not yet have a release date.
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