Matt Bomer on What He Loves Most About ‘Doom Patrol’

In DC Universe’s Doom Patrola tale of semi-unified misfits whose superpowers could be deemed extraordinary afflictions – Matt Bomer stars as Larry Trainor, AKA Negative Man.

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Before Dr. Niles Caulder (affluent scientist and gatherer of the “gifted”) recruits Negative Man, he leads a duplicitous life. In one world, he’s a husband and father of two. In the other: a closeted gay man hiding his true relationship with a coworker.

While working as an astronaut, Negative Man took every opportunity to travel into space – whether for the thrill or the escape is for you to decide. However, on what would become his last mission, he is electrocuted outside earth’s atmosphere and comes pummeling to the ground. His rocket explodes, as he gets up and walks away covered in flames.

Via space travel, Larry Trainor gains an additional asset: he can release a negatively charged being from his body. However, with a mind of its own, this power is often more of a hindrance. As the series moves forward, it’s likely that Negative Man, and his superhero soiree, will learn to channel their powers when desired.

Matt Bomer on LGBT+ representation and Negative Man’s appeal

Matt Bomer, a gay actor playing a gay superhero in a DC series, told Collider:

“I think it’s so important. It’s a big reason why I wanted to be a part of Doom Patrol. I’ve never really seen a gay, male superhero, and what I love most about the character is that, even though it’s a huge struggle, internally, for him, it’s not the sole thing that defines who he is. He’s such a multi-faceted character. If it had just been one stereotypical thing, I think I would have had more reservations about it, but the fact that he is this nuanced character who has so many places to grow, and he has so much shadow and so much light that he doesn’t even know he has, is what appealed to me, just as much as his sexuality”

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While bringing needed representation to the superhero genre, Bomer’s character is fraught with internal conflict that far supersedes his struggles regarding his sexuality. Based on the first few episodes, Bomer may just get to play the role with the most well-rounded arc.

In his interview with Collider, Bomer goes on to discuss how the show’s absurdity is exactly what drew him to the story. Calling the comic book-based show “distinctive” and “its own beast,” he told Collider,

“I’ve certainly read my share of comic book scripts, over the years, and if this had just been another formulaic, down-the-middle, noir-ish, dark, all straight-faced, traditional, Gotham-y type of series, I would not have been a part of it. Especially in the landscape, in this day and age, to stand out, you need to be distinctive, and reading this script, you can call it whatever you want to, but it is absolutely distinctive and its own beast, unabashedly so. A big reason why I wanted to be a part of it is because it’s so strange.”


Matt Bomer, though playing what could arguably be considered the most important role in terms of cultural and social relevance, is joined by an impressive cast.

Why you should watch ‘Doom Patrol’

From Brendan Fraser and Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Serenity, Frozen) to April Bowlby (Two and a Half Men, Drop Dead Diva) and Timothy Dalton (Penny Dreadful, License to Kill), the show competes with and outshines several other superhero-themed shows currently available.

The series does not succumb to the tropes that often give way to success when creating a superhero-themed work; rather, it takes a risk. And in doing so, it excels as a fresh perspective on the oversaturated hero landscape. It’s dark, it’s funny, it’s heartfelt, and it’s not pretty. A power isn’t always a gift, and their origins aren’t always inspiring; this show never fails to remind audiences of that.