Titans and Doom Patrol, The DC Comics dramas that were originally developed to help launch the former DC Universe streaming service are coming to an end.
The current fourth season of both Greg Berlanti-produced HBO Max dramas will be their last, sources say The Hollywood Reporter. Sources say manufacturers on both Titans and Doom Patrol saw the writing on the wall amidst all the changes with DC Entertainment and plotted their current seasons with proper endings so as not to leave fans in the lurch.
“While it will be the last seasons of Titans and Doom Patrolwe’re very proud of these series and excited for fans to see their climactic endings,” a spokesperson for HBO Max said in a statement to THR. “We are grateful to Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television for creating such exciting, action-packed, heartfelt series. We thank Titans showrunner Greg Walker, executive producers Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns, Richard Hatem and the team at Weed Road Pictures. To Doom Patrol, we pay tribute to showrunner Jeremy Carver and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns, Chris Dingess and Tamara Becher-Wilkinson. For four seasons, fans have fallen in love with Titans and Doom Patrolinvest in their trials and tribulations and in their legendary battles that save the world time and time again.”
Both Doom Patrol and Titans originated on niche streamer DC Universe. Titans was the first show ordered in 2017 for the former platform, with spinoff Doom Patrol received an order directly for the series a year later. Titans aired its first two seasons as a DCU original, while Doom Patrol was exclusive to the platform for its first season.
With the arrival of HBO Max, scripted originals were moved from the DC Universe to the upstart streamer in 2020, as the Warner Bros. The Discovery-backed platform picked up originals in a bid to attract subscribers when DCU was shut down. (HBO Max also added Epix DC drama Pennyworth as a first-time original series. No decision has been made on the future of that show.)
Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Alan Ritchson, Minka Kelly and Joseph Morgan have been among them Titans cast.
“I am immensely proud of our talented cast, crew and writing staff and their efforts to bring all 49 episodes to life over the past five-plus years,” Titans Exec producer Greg Walker said. “I could not have asked for better partners in Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television and HBO Max, and from the beginning Geoff Johns and Akiva Goldsman. I am incredibly grateful for their unwavering trust throughout this process. Finally, I must thank our incredible fans for their continued support, engagement and the passionate community they’ve built around our show. We have six episodes left to unleash on the world, which we hope will give our beloved characters the creative closure we all know they deserve. ”
Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Alan Tudyk and Matt Bomer are among the stars in Doom Patrolwhich counts Jeremy Carver as showrunner and exec producer along with Johns, Berlanti and Schechter, among others.
“To our wonderfully supportive partners at HBO Max, Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions and DC Studios, thank you for treating us to the past four seasons,” Carver said. “Also, what did you smoke? To our brilliant cast, indomitable crew, fearless writers and most of all to our beautiful fans: thank you all the more. You have made this a trip of a lifetime.”
The decision to quit Titans and Doom Patrol comes amid changes at both HBO Max under Warner Bros. Discovery and at DC Entertainment. As James Gunn and Peter Safran take over DC, the duo are planning a new, more integrated slate of movies and TV shows, with sources noting that the decision to end both shows was made before their arrival. At HBO Max, which will soon be integrated with Discovery+, the platform has dumped content as it looks to better define its brand and find more than $3 billion in cost savings.
For Berlanti, who recently renewed his rich overall deal with Doom Patrol and Titans producers Warner Bros. Television, at the end of both shows sees his list of scripted originals continue to dwindle. With The CW set to significantly reduce the amount of originals, Berlanti’s DC slate now only includes the final season of The lightningbubble drama Superman and Lois and Gotham Knights (delivered in March). In addition, Berlanti is reworking Green Lantern for HBO Max, where he also has drama The girls on the bus on it. Sources say the mega-producer and director is not expected to be heavily involved in DC Comics programming under his new pact with Warners.