“Drop Dead Diva” actress April Bowlby has been cast as Rita Farr, a.k.a. Elasti-Girl, in the upcoming direct-to-streaming series “Titans” For Warner Bros. TV and DC Entertainment.
The character is a member of “The Doom Patrol,” the iconic Vertigo Comics team of super-powered misfits which went through a number of iterations – most famously the version by Grant Morrison.
In the comics Rita Farr was exposed to a toxic gas that altered her cellular structure, allowing her to expand or shrink her body at will. Bowlby’s casting follows that of Bruno Bichir as Dr. Niles Caulder, a.k.a. The Chief, and suggests the team’s original roster will be involved.
That means the roles of Negative Man and Robotman will be involved, though they have yet to be cast. Elasti-Girl will make her first appearance in the fifth episode.
“Titans,” inspired by the “Teen Titans” comic series, features Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) leading a group of young superheroes, including Starfire (Anna Diop), Raven (Teagan Croft), Hawk (Alan Ritchson) and Dove (Minka Kelly). Geoff Johns, Akiva Goldsman, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter are executive producing.
It is currently set to serve as the launch series of DC’s direct-to-streaming platform which is targeting a late 2018 bow.