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‘Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans’ Trailer Doesn’t Anger MeFinally, Batman Gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Doom Patrol wraps up its first season today, and we’re glad to report that the show delivers on the potential we saw here in its pilot. So there’s no better time to start watching these misfit superheroes and consider giving the DC Universe streaming service a shot.The current war between the seemingly endless number of new streaming TV services actually reminds me a lot of classic video game console wars. Your service/console can have all sorts of cool features and cutting-edge technology. But at the end of the day it needs at least one killer app to get folks to care. Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu are all out here winning awards with their original content. You wants viewers to actively feel like they are missing out if they aren’t subscribed.DC Universe, the streaming service from the comic book company behind Wonder Woman and some men, has been around for a few months now. But even as a huge DC stan, that lack of a killer app has kept me from even signing up for a free trial. Fortunately, that just changed with the premiere of Doom Patrol, a wonderfully weird live-action superhero show and the reason to give DC Universe a chance. Stay on target The original Doom Patrol is a classic Silver Age DC team. Niles “The Chief” Caulder has been leading this group of outcast freak misfits in his wheelchair literally months before the X-Men were a thing. And without the burden of Justice League or even Suicide Squad levels of recognition and popularity, the comic has been allowed to go in more psychedelic directions under the guidance of writers like Grant Morrison and most recently Gerard Way.The Doom Patrol pilot stays pleasantly faithful to that peculiar tone, mostly focusing on the characters’ funny yet mopey self-absorption hanging out in this huge halfway house horror mansion. But given the production value you’d think this might be the next sprawling mainline entry in whatever DC’s cinematic universe is turning into. It presents the team as almost a group of Universal Monsters brought together by Caulder (Timothy Dalton) the mad scientist. And the way they’re depicted recalls the gothic terror romance of that genre. It’s an impressive alternative vibe for a mature live-action superhero show, something we have plenty of on streaming services already.Brendan Fraser’s Robotman combines his early boyish blockbuster persona with his current old dad melancholy as he goes from Ricky Bobby-esque frat bro racecar driver to a striking Frankenstein of a practical robot prop with a sick jacket.Matt Bomer’s bandaged Negative Man gets called a mummy but he’s more of a vulnerable queer Invisible Man. April Bowlby’s Rita Farr is literally a 1950s actress who gets turned into a blob monster out of a 1950s movie, a great gross interpretation on the “Elasti-Girl” concept. Diane Guerrero gets to channel Split energy as Crazy Jane, one Dr. Jekyll with 63 superpowered Mr. Hydes.The first episode only gives us a little bit of Alan Tudyk’s villainous Mr. Nobody but his segmented body certainly looks frightening. And the only traditional superhero is Joivan Wade’s Cyborg, teasing an interesting contrast with the character’s more traditional teams the Justice League and Teen Titans. Here’s hoping they eventually fight an evil French ape.Reviewing a TV show based on just the pilot seems premature since the plot is literally just getting started. We spend an hour learning about the team through stylish vignettes and watch them build up the courage to go outside, to disastrous donkey-filled results. New episodes of Doom Patrol premiere weekly so it’ll be some time before we see how it stacks up against, say, The Umbrella Academy on Netflix. But by getting me to want to stick with it at all the show has done its job of tempting me to stick with DC Universe. I couldn’t say that about Young Justice, the DC cartoon with the least style and most self-importance, or Titans, the show Doom Patrol spun off where Robin says “Fuck Batman.”Once you’re in the DC Universe ecosystem though there are reasons to stick around. The back catalog of movies and TV shows, while not complete, gets pretty close since everything is under Warner Bros. You can watch 1970s Superman films, 1990s Batman and 2000s Teen Titans cartoons, and the most recent horny DC animated movies. There are no CW shows like The Flash or Black Lightning, but there is Justice League Unlimited so which is really better?The service also does an admirable job of getting you to care about the comic book roots these characters sprang from in the first place. After watching Doom Patrol the show I could read some Doom Patrol comics. Even without buying the somewhat pricey subscription ($8 per month, $75 per year) I could read through encyclopedia entries of characters like Icon and Black Manta highlighted for Black History Month. The active community powers the message boards and news blogs. And there’s a shop for buying physical merch.But again, none of this is worth that much without something to hook you in the first place. For me, that was Doom Patrol. For you, that might be another upcoming DC Universe show like Swamp Thing, Stargirl, or that Harley Quinn cartoon. It’s okay, great even, to be discerning. Don’t subscribe to Disney+ until it has something you actually want to watch. When streaming services work to make content you want, it works out better for everyone. For more on DC check out our review of Lego DC Super-Villains and watch our review of Aquaman.View as: One Page Slides1/201. So many streaming TV services to choose from. Where do you start?2. Netflix is still arguably the biggest name in streaming TV.3. Although it no longer has a free option, Hulu is a great streaming TV service that is worth paying for.4. From buying to renting to subscribing to individual channels, Amazon offers a bevy of streaming TV options.5. YouTube Red subscribers can watch original shows from streaming stars, but YouTube TV lets you watch actual live TV.6. Hook up a Slingbox and watch the cable and live TV you’re already paying for anywhere.7. You have to buy channels in bulk and still deal with commercials, but with DirecTV Now you get the real live TV experience delivered through streaming.8. Crunchyroll is the best anime streaming service if you’re all about subtitles.9. If dubs are more your thing, Funimation Now is the anime streaming service for you.10. If you want to stream shows and documentaries that actually teach you something, go with CuriosityStream.11. AMC Premiere just focuses on current AMC shows, but for Walking Dead super fans that might be enough.12. With Boomerang, tons of retro cartoons, from Looney Tunes to Scooby-Doo, can all come back to you13. FuboTV may be the escape from cable that sports fans are looking for. It’s pricey, but being able to easily stream live sports and more from dozens of channels with only one subscription might very well be worth it.14. Brown Sugar has all of the classic Blaxploitation movies you could want and then some. It’s niche, but it’s one of the most impressive niche libraries we’ve seen. 15. For the true cinephile, FilmStruck has a large collection of classic films from all eras and countries, including movies from the Criterion Collection.16. CollegeHumor’s Dropout provides premium streaming online laughs.17. DC Universe offers live-action adaptations of less familiar superheroes, like Doom Patrol.18. Along with presenting streaming services like Netflix and Sling through one box, Dish AirTV also lets you watch local over-the-air channels with an additional installation.19. Get a streaming media device to enjoy these services on your TV. Our favorite is the Amazon Fire Stick.20.