Doom Patrol To Feature Mark Sheppard As Constantine… Oh Wait No… As Willoughby Kipling

So far so good with DC Universe’s Doom Patrol. Very enjoyable first three episodes and hopefully that is a sign of good things to come. Speaking of good things to come, episode 4 of the series will be released this Friday on their streaming service titled Cult Patrol, which synopsis reads, “Willoughby Kipling (MARK SHEPPARD) conscripts the Doom Patrol into helping him avert the end of the world by stopping a nihilistic cult.”

At the time the trailer dropped for this episode, which you can see above, Mark Sheppard was finally able to talk about the character that he has teased for so long, he is going to play Willoughby Kipling. He is an agent of the mysterious order of Templars, who is described as a drunk angry Englishman who enjoys practicing the mystic arts.

Sound somewhat familiar? It should as Kipling’s character was created to substitute John Constantine aka the Hellblazer. Grant Morrison wanted to use the character in his Doom Patrol run, but was not allowed to do so by editorial because of the fact that Constantine was a Vertigo character and they felt that using him outside of that continuity would mess with the character’s realism. So Morrison and artist Richard Case created Kipling, who made his first appearance in DC Comics’ Doom Patrol #31 in April, 1990. So it was only appropriate that they would use this character in the series.

Sheppard is well known for his role on Supernatural as Crowley. But the British born actor has also been featured in series like Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who and The X-Files. Sheppard is has taken to social media to express his excitement for his role in Doom Patrol via his Twitter and Instagram, check out both posts below!

It will be interesting to see how the team handles mystical/supernatural threats. If the previous episodes are any indication, then it’s going to be very entertaining to say the least. Just as a side note I would like to mention that Brendan Fraser as the voice of Robot Man has been my favorite part of the series so far.

How do you think the Doom Patrol will handle these new threats? What are your thoughts on Doom Patrol so far? Let us know in the comment section below!


DC Universe’s Doom Patrol can be seen exclusively on their streaming service, with a new episode dropping every Friday.

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