DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn weighs in Titans and Doom Patrol cancellations. 2022 was a tough year for DC fans, and 2023 is no exception as Warner Bros. Discovery continues its restructuring. After running for 4 seasons each, both Titans and Doom Patrol was canceled this week by HBO Max. Launched by Arrowverse creator Greg Berlanti, Titans and Doom Patrol were two of the streaming service’s biggest DC TV properties. While Doom Patrol was originally thought of as one Titans spinoff, the show eventually diverged from the other. Both series have six episodes left as part of their fourth seasons, which will be released on HBO Max sometime this year.
With Titans and Doom Patrol canceled, fans are taking to social media to share their disappointment that the series is coming to an end. However, some suspect that the recently launched DC Studios is one of the reasons Titans and Doom Patrol will be scrapped by the streaming service.
Many have asked DC Studios co-CEO Gunn about Titans and Doom Patrol news. Gunn responded to a user who questioned the company’s apparent hand in scrapping the projects. The filmmaker emphasized that he had nothing to do with the decisions in Titans and Doom Patrol ending after almost half a decade. Gunn also wished everyone involved the best of luck with their future projects. Peter Safran and Gunn were named heads of DC Studios in November, meaning they were not involved with either show.
Could Titans & Doom Patrol Join James Gunn’s DCU?
While Titans and Doom Patrol end later this year, there is also the question of whether they could continue elsewhere. Gunn and Safran are currently mapping out their plans for the new DC Universe that will replace the previous DCEU. With a reboot apparently on the way, that doesn’t rule out the use of the multiverse in the new DCU. That is why it begs the question Titans and Doom Patrol could somehow participate in the DCU that Gunn and Safran are making for DC Studios.
Titans takes place on Earth-9, while Doom Patrol found on Earth-21 in the greater multiverse. If Gunn wants to use the exact versions of the characters, a multiverse story would have to be created to make it happen. However, the easiest option would be to use the same actors but have them play fresh versions of their respective characters in the DCU. In this way, it avoids stepping on something that Titans and Doom Patrol did with these iterations of the characters while letting the actors continue in a new way with the DCU.
Titans & Doom Patrol’s cancellations are just the latest for HBO Max
Titans and Doom Patrol being canceled comes amid HBO Max axing several series, both ongoing and projects that were in development. One of the most recent cancellations was for Gossip Girl sequel, which ends this month after just two seasons. The streaming service has also removed several shows that were available on the platform as part of the studio’s tax write-offs. This comes after comments from the CFO of Warner Bros. Discovery, Gunnar Wiedenfels, who indicated that they were done with discontinued projects. Hopefully soon HBO Max will reveal the premiere dates for Titans and Doom Patrol season 4, part 2 as fans prepare to say goodbye to the series.
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