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 seasons of both of the Greg Berlanti-produced HBO Max dramas will be their last, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Sources say producers on both Titans and Doom Patrol saw the writing on the wall amid all the changes with DC Entertainment and plotted their current seasons with proper endings so as to not leave fans in a lurch.

“While these will be the final seasons of Titans and Doom Patrol, we are very proud of these series and excited for fans to see their climactic endings,” an HBO Max spokesperson said in a statement to THR. “We are grateful to Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television for making such thrilling, 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. For Doom Patrol, we celebrate 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 the Titans and Doom Patrol, investing in their trials and tribulations, and in their legendary battles saving the world time and time again.”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Every character on Doom Patrol is going through it in season 4. Having experienced a post-apocalyptic future in the season premiere where almost all the team members wind up dead, many of the “Doomies” have also lost access to their superpowers. Cyborg (Joivan Wade) no longer has his technological implants, while Jane (Diane Guerrero) doesn’t have the same control over her many powerful personalities as she once did.

For Guerrero, that means season 4 has been a welcome chance to explore Jane’s own psychology without constantly switching between moods belonging to the aggressive Hammerhead or the coldly calculating Dr. Harrison.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment because Jane was always showing up to clean up other people’s messes. Now she’s cleaning up her own mess,” Guerrero tells EW. “So how does she behave within this new ecosystem? I found that Jane had to learn a lot about people and how to be with others. That change in attitude has been interesting for me to explore this season. There’s a softer side to her, and I think you see that this season, which is really exciting for me.”

Like so much in Doom Patrol, Jane’s colorful facade hides a darker truth beneath. Jane’s array of multiple personalities, each with their own superpower, came into being as a response to childhood sex abuse at the hands of her father. The purpose of this personality matrix (conceptualized as “the Underground” and visualized as a subway station) is to protect the original self, Kay Challis, from further harm.

But now that Jane has been separated from Kay and the other alters, she has had more time to explore herself and her own body this season. After being temporarily de-aged into a teenager with her teammates in the episode “Youth Patrol,” Jane even tried masturbating for the first time — indicating that she may be getting ready to move beyond the sexual trauma of her past.

“I think it’s so important. I’m so happy that the writing took this turn,” Guerrero says. “Jane came into Kay’s life to protect her in this moment where she was very vulnerable. She understands that Kay is very hurt from her early experiences and basically took a vow that her whole identity is wrapped up in: ‘I will protect Kay from any harm, especially sexual harm.’ Because she herself is like this fortress, Jane doesn’t even allow herself to get close to anybody. We’ve seen her starting to get close to Cliff, and to Vic a little bit. She has this responsibility, but now she’s trying to figure out what Kay actually wants.”

Guerrero continues, “you see that she had never even experienced an adolescence. That was completely new for Jane. And so Jane is having these natural feelings of feeling her own body, having sexual attraction to the Fog. All of that she has been repressing. I feel like she goes there because she’s trying to give Kay what she wants. But she also needs to figure out how to be a human being, how to be an individual, and one has to figure out how their body feels and how they feel in their own body to do that. I’m so happy that the writers explored that this season because I think it’s such an important part of the human experience.”

As part of moving forward, Jane is also testing the waters with Shelley Byron (Wynn Everett), a.k.a. the Fog, with whom she definitely has a connection.

“Her character is so secure of herself and who she is and is so unapologetic about what she wants and her feelings at any given moment, that I think that it’s so captivating for someone like Jane who doesn’t know herself at all, who wouldn’t ever dare to share her feelings,” Guerrero says of working with Everett. “It’s very easy for me to play with the Fog because I mean, she kind of does all the work. Honestly, she mesmerizes me in a way, and she does it so well. I’m getting hot just thinking about it!”

Jane and Shelley haven’t yet cemented their connection, but there’s always hope for the future. That was the title of the most recent episode, after all: “Hope Patrol.”

The first six episodes of Doom Patrol season 4 are streaming now on HBO Max. The next six will arrive later this year.

Source: EW.com

Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University has named actress and author Diane Guerrero the 2023 John J. Rhodes Chair.

As chair, Guerrero will deliver the Rhodes Lecture, “A Conversation with Diane Guerrero,” at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 1st, in the Galvin Playhouse at the ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center on the Tempe campus. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for seating. Register here.

Source: ASU.edu

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Doom Patrol star Diane Guerrero, who plays Jane in the HBO Max drama, breaks down the season 4, part 1 finale and teases what’s coming up in part 2.

Doom Patrol season 4, part 2 drops later in 2023 on HBO Max.

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The lovable misfits of Doom Patrol are back with Season 4, featuring an all-new series of whacky and insane adventures. Comprising of Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), Rita Farr (April Bowlby), Vic Stone (Joivan Wade), Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer / Matthew Zuk), Cliff Steele (Brendan Fraser / Riley Shanahan), and recent addition Madame Rouge (Michelle Gomez), the team has gone up against many surreal and world-ending enemies over their previous seasons. What makes this show so unique though, is the way in which it portrays the characters as deeply-flawed and traumatized people who help each other grow, evolve, and heal. It’s easily one of the best superhero shows currently running and with Season 4, things have gotten better than ever.

This season, the titular team faces a threat unlike anything they’ve seen before: the followers of a god-like being called Immortus who want to steal the Doomies’ youth and longevity to bring their deity to life. In the process, we’ve seen the members of Doom Patrol confront serious questions about their lives and the choices they’ve made over the years. Ahead of Episode 6 “Hope Patrol”, the mid-season finale, Collider caught up with series star Diane Guerrero (who’s also known for her brilliant voice work in Disney’s Encanto) for an interview where we talked about the most recent episode, Jane’s growth and evolution over the course of the season, and how excited she is about the musical episode that is due to arrive with the second batch of Season 4 episodes.

Read the entire interview at Collider.com

Diane Guerrero speaks with Awards Radar’s Abe Friedtanzer about HBO Max’s Doom Patrol.

With three seasons under their belts, the characters in HBO Max’s Doom Patrol have gone on quite the journey and now with the fan favorite series in its fourth season when it comes to Diane Guerrero’s Jane that journey has in part manifested itself in a fashion evolution. Season 4 of Doom Patrol has seen Jane’s style mix it up a bit with a look that is a lot more distinctive and more defined from when we first met her in looking like what Guerrero described as a “shell of herself’ back in Season 1. Now, Guerrero tells ComicBook.com about how Jane’s new look is reflective of the shift in the character’s personality and a mirror to just how much she’s grown.

“As a character evolves … you can just tell she cares a little more,” Guerrero said. “Before she had a very kind of tunnel vision of who she was. She was honestly almost a shell of herself. She’s like, ‘I’m not going to care how I dress.’ She was actually intentionally almost not wanting any attention, not wanting to be seen. She wanted to be off-putting, which I really enjoyed from the character because I had never done that. I was always very concerned about being put together, how people see you.”

She continued, “The first three years I remember coming into wardrobe and telling Carrie, head of wardrobe, ‘I want to look like a clown this year. Give me clown.’ And that was third season. And then towards the end of third season, I was like, ‘I don’t want clown anymore.’ She goes, ‘you said clown, and we’re working with clown this year.’ And so, fourth season I came in, ‘I think Jane’s evolved a little more. I think she wants to be a little more playful with her clothing, but also just a little more put together.’ I think that’s just reflective of how her personality has changed.”

And Jane’s personality has changed a great deal over the three seasons, but her journey is far from over. Guerrero described the place where we find Jane in Season 4 as being a path where it’s almost like watching the character learn to walk as she starts to come into her own.

“She’s in a very interesting place in her life. She’s just found out that Kay has completely disappeared, and Jane has no contact with her or the other personas and she kind of just witnessed Dr. Harrison disappear. And there’s always been this debate, it’s like, where do the personalities go? Do they die? Do they actually die in the well or how do they disappear or how do they move on? So, I think that Jane is kind of tackling her own sense of mortality and her usefulness,” Guerrero told ComicBook.com. “For her entire existence she’s been focusing on protecting kay and she recently finds out that kay doesn’t need her protection and she finds out that Kay actually wants her to find her own purpose. Now she’s just struggling with what the hell is my purpose if it isn’t to protect you? You’ll see through the season, she’s kind of dipping her feet into what it’s like to self-discover, to experiment and to find out what makes you happy.”

She’s kind of going through it right now,” she continued. “But at the same time, there is some levity there. I think the audience is going to be surprised with Jane this season. I think they’re going to see a new side of her. When someone is so focused on just one thing being their thing, like protecting someone else, there’s not much room for yourself. So, it’s kind of like, you’re just going to be witnessing her learning how to walk almost. So, I’m excited for that.”

Doom Patrol airs new episodes Thursdays on HBO Max.

Source: ComicBook.com

Jane (Diane Guerrero) is going through some big changes on this season of HBO Max’s Doom Patrol. Mostly cut off from the personalities she ostensibly leads as part of the collective mindscape known as The Underground, and told by her host body Kay that she needs to figure out who she is on her own, Jane has been on a journey of self-discovery in Season 4.

“There’s so much to explore with Kay, I was excited to explore Jane, as well,” Guerrero told Decider. “It finally happened in such a way that was so personal, self-expression, self-actualization, and finding your identity. One of those was a very intimate, was Jane sort of discovering her sexuality and what that meant in context with being one of the personalities of Kay, especially one that came to protect her at a time that was so sensitive, like at a time when Kay’s body was experiencing sexual abuse.”

Spoilers for today’s episode “Youth Patrol” past this point,

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Season 4 of Doom Patrol is well underway on HBO Max and it’s a season that has found its reluctant heroes in an interesting place not just as a team but personally as well. The season thus far has seen them come together as a real time just in time to discover that they might be the catalyst for an apocalyptic event — one that involves carnivorous zombie butts no less — but also sees them each dealing with major changes to their own status quos. For Jane, that means the disappearance of Kay and a disconnect between herself and the other personas. It’s the start of a new journey for Jane and according to star Diane Guerrero, it’s an interesting place for Jane to be and for fans, the path she’s on will be like watching her learn to walk almost — starting to come into her own over the course of the season.

“She’s in a very interesting place in her life. She’s just found out that Kay has completely disappeared, and Jane has no contact with her or the other personas and she kind of just witnessed Dr. Harrison disappear. And there’s always been this debate, it’s like, where do the personalities go? Do they die? Do they actually die in the well or how do they disappear or how do they move on? So, I think that Jane is kind of tackling her own sense of mortality and her usefulness,” Guerrero told ComicBook.com. “For her entire existence she’s been focusing on protecting kay and she recently finds out that kay doesn’t need her protection and she finds out that Kay actually wants her to find her own purpose. Now she’s just struggling with what the hell is my purpose if it isn’t to protect you? You’ll see through the season, she’s kind of dipping her feet into what it’s like to self-discover, to experiment and to find out what makes you happy.”

She’s kind of going through it right now,” she continued. “But at the same time, there is some levity there. I think the audience is going to be surprised with Jane this season. I think they’re going to see a new side of her. When someone is so focused on just one thing being their thing, like protecting someone else, there’s not much room for yourself. So, it’s kind of like, you’re just going to be witnessing her learning how to walk almost. So, I’m excited for that.”

Source: ComicBook.com

Disney+ debuted the trailer for Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl, a magical live-to-film concert experience featuring a special introduction by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

From Disney Branded Television and produced by Fulwell 73, the new Original special will become available to stream on Wednesday, December 28, exclusively on Disney+.