Michelle Gomez is all the time a welcome addition to any sequence, whether or not taking part in the Grasp on Doctor Who or Madame Devil on the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. So we had been thrilled to study she was becoming a member of the solid for the upcoming third season of Doom Patrol. And now now we have our first good take a look at her portrayal of Madame Rouge within the official S3 trailer.
(Spoilers for S2 under.)
A S3 teaser dropped a few weeks ago, largely targeted on the lingering plot line from the pandemic-curtailed S2: particularly, Dorothy Spinner’s (Abigail Shapiro) confrontation with The Candlemaker. Dorothy, as followers will know, is Caulder’s (Timothy Dalton) daughter, who has a particular capacity to carry imaginary mates to life. That is not so unhealthy when it was a pleasant big beast named Manny or Herschel the enormous spider. However The Candlemaker is linked to a tribal curse and is a much more insidious creature. He emerges every time Dorothy makes a want, and widespread slaughter is often the consequence. Within the S2 finale, Dorothy acquired her first interval, marking her transition into womanhood, and The Candlemaker’s powers started to manifest in the true world.
After which, the season simply… ended. The primary episode or two of S3 will nearly definitely resolve that individual storyline, and HBO Max has hinted at a “devastating loss.” Neither Dorothy nor Caulder is anyplace to be seen on this new trailer, so it is attainable the present shall be persevering with on with out them (a lot because the Doom Patrol within the comics strikes on with out Caulder). We do know that Willoughby Kipling (Mark Sheppard), the occult detective and chaos magician, shall be again, nevertheless.
As an alternative, the official trailer is generally all about Gomez’s Madame Rouge, a supervillain who first appeared within the Doom Patrol comics in 1964. A former actress with a break up character, Rouge flips between good and evil within the comics. She’s additionally a shapeshifter/grasp of disguise and was the one feminine member of the Brotherhood of Evil—till a romantic bond with Caulder helped her beat again her evil character and be a part of forces with the Doom Patrol.
Madame Rouge arrives in a time machine to warn the Doom Patrol of an important risk to the world, though she will’t keep in mind exactly what that hazard could be. No matter it’s, the Brotherhood of Evil seems to be concerned. Bringing the Brotherhood into the S3 narrative arc is a neat callback to S1’s archvillain Eric Morden, aka Mr. No one (Alan Tudyk), who may journey by way of dimensions and alter actuality. Morden was a former member of the Brotherhood, and in a flashback we realized that he was kicked out by the group’s chief, The Mind, and changed by a superintelligent French gorilla named Monsieur Mallah. Monsieur Mallah positively makes a short look within the trailer together with the Mind and presumably the alien Garguax.
And as Gizmodo’s sharp-eyed Charles Pulliam-Moore noted, “There is a very temporary point out of the Sisterhood of Dada also factoring into this season of Doom Patrol, which may be an indication that the show will borrow elements of the comics where the Brotherhood of Evil rebrands itself as the Brotherhood of Dada.” That group—devoted to all things absurd and bizarre—is named after the Dada art movement, and its founder is none other than Morden/Mr. Nobody.
That does appear to be Dada member Frenzy with the two bicycle wheels on his back. (In the comics, he can transform into a whirling cyclone.) Is that The Fog Crazy Jane encounters in one brief scene? In the comics, The Fog is a psychedelic death cloud that absorbs people. Absorbing Crazy Jane, however, proved to be a mistake. That might be The Quiz changing everyone into clown costumes at a club. We don’t get a very good look at her, but she certainly has the trademark long gown and mask, only without the question marks. So she looks more like a nurse/nun. The talking bicycle Robotman encounters is definitely a nod to when the Brotherhood of Dada stole the bicycle of Albert Hoffman, which has “lysergic resonance.”
As for other adventures, it looks like the Doom Patrol’s members will become zombies at some point in their journey toward self discovery and will likely face a group of talking butts, because why not? And who knows what complications messing with time travel will bring—or whether Madame Rouge has something else in mind entirely?
The first three episodes of Doom Patrol S3 will air on HBO Max on September 23, 2021, followed by weekly installments after that. If you haven’t seen this underappreciated series, now’s the time to catch up.
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