Doom Patrol Season 3 Is Happening! Cancellation Averted

Whether Doom Patrol season 3 gets released depends on Doom Patrols' greatest enemy.

By Rick Gonzales | Updated

Doom Patrol season 3

Right off the top, here’s what we do know: There is a season 2 of Doom Patrol and it’s available now. The bigger question is: will we get Doom Patrol season 3? Season 2 ended sort of abruptly without any real closure, but HBO Max wasn’t in a rush to commit to giving us more. That has, however, now changed.

Doom Patrol season 3 is now confirmed to be happening. HBO Max has officially renewed the strangest and perhaps best superhero show on television.

Of the show’s renewal Doom Patrol EP Jeremy Carver says: “On behalf of the wonderful cast, writers and crew, we are thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to return to Doom Manor. And we are especially thankful for our partners at Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television, DC Universe and, of course, HBO Max.”

HBO head of original content, Sarah Aubrey said when confirming season 3, “Doom Patrol came to HBO Max with an already deep and passionate fan base and has risen to the top as one of the most watched Max Originals on the platform… The series sits well in our portfolio and we are glad to greenlight a third season to continue this distinctive style of storytelling that resonates so well with critics and fans alike.”



Chances are, you can count on most of the first two season stars to return Doom Patrol season 3. Of course, there could be a chance we could even see the return of the pitch-perfect Alan Tudyk (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) as Mr. Nobody. It’s anyone’s guess with this crazy show. We’ll update this space with more firm commitments from the cast as they appear.

The Plot Of Doom Patrol Season 3

When last we saw the Doom Patrol at the end of season 2, they were all basically dead. Or if not dead, at least so totally frozen by wax that they might as well be dead. The second season left the Patrol basically totally and permanently screwed and the entire world about to end. So unless the people who make this show really really hate us, it’s safe to assume that season 3 is going to spend a lot of time addressing all of that.

Don’t, however, expect our heroes to actually start referring to themselves as the Doom Patrol. They’ve used the show’s title once or twice on the series in passing, but never as an official team name for the group. It seems that’s on purpose and it’s not about to change in Doom Patrol season 3, according to the show’s EP.

Explaining why they won’t say their name, Doom Patrol season 3 producer Chris Dingess says: “Just from my perspective in the writers’ room, I try to never think of this show necessarily as a superhero show. But, I would think if you had superpowers, it would be impossible for that not to cross your mind. Whether it’s “Steele & Stone” or Rita trying to master her powers, I think that might be in the back of everyone’s minds. But, I think they’re a long way off from being able to get their own shit together to worry about other people’s problems.


Doom Patrol season 3

When Doom Patrol season 3 gets released depends on Doom Patrols’ greatest enemy: COVID-19. That has delayed everything in Hollywood.It’ll all come down to when they feel it’s safe enough to go back in front of the cameras.

Fans of the show have high hopes for Doom Patrol season 3. Critical and fan response to Doom Patrol will hopefully leave DC and HBO without a choice but to move as fast as possible to get it done.

Best bet, if things play out the way fans want, look to summer of 2021 for a possible season 3 premiere.


Mr. Nobody

Now that we have season 3 confirmed, let’s look back at where it began. Doom Patrol originally premiered on the streaming service DC Universe in 2019 to massive critical acclaim. Fans who watched the show were also quite impressed with how DC has handled the Doom Patrol. The series stars Timothy Dalton as the Chief, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele, Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor, April Bowlby as Rita Farr, and Diane Guerrero as Jane with Joivan Wade coming on board as Cyborg after the first episode.

Doom Patrol tells the story of a group of unlikely superheroes, all coming together through tragic incidents. These incidents are also how they received their powers. This group, though, has been shunned by society as freaks and misfits.

The man responsible for bringing the group together is Niles Caulder aka The Chief (Timothy Dalton). He is a scientist and medical doctor who treated this band of misfits while also giving them residence in his mansion. But little does the group know, it was the Chief who caused the tragic incidents that gave the Doom Patrol their powers in the first place. Spoilers: He did it all to protect his daughter.


Doom Patrol season 3

After the first season was received so well, DC Universe announced a second season. What was different about this announcement was that Doom Patrol wouldn’t be exclusive to DC Universe anymore. Doom Patrol now also airs on Warner’s new streaming service, HBO Max. Both streaming services are releasing episodes of Doom Patrol simultaneously in 2020.

Season 2 opened with the first three episodes released together, then one episode a week, streaming on both DC Universe and HBO Max. The sequel season of Doom Patrol has received just as much fanfare and critical acclaim as season 1. Now everyone wants Doom Patrol season 3, and the momentum seems to be there.


DC Universe

On August 10, 2020 DC announced massive layoffs at the company. Much of the staff at DC Comics proper was laid off, DC Direct is being shut down, and most importantly for Doom Patrol the DC Universe network is being shuttered.

This will have an immediate impact on the number of comics produced, with many of their current lines being shut down and the overall number of different comics DC puts out being drastically reduced. They’re laying off so many people at DC there simply won’t be enough left to work on some of their more fringe comics.

While Doom Patrol now airs on HBO Max, it was created by and for DC Universe. HBO Max is just rerunning the show DC Universe created. If they’re moving over to HBO Max that means HBO Max could end up directly producing Doom Patrol season 3 themselves.