The latest episode of Titans marked the debut the Doom Patrol, but it also introduced a DC Comics character whose identity has caused some confusion among fans.
During the episode, Niles Caulder returns to the mansion where the Doom Patrol resides and brings a new female patient who was engulfed by liquid nitrogen following a tanker explosion at a nearby protest. The young woman is injected with a purple serum by Caulder, a.k.a. The Chief, that results in the patient causing the temperature in the room to drop. While her apparent abilities and official photos listing actress Hina Abdullah as Arani Desai would understandably lead fans to believe that the character is the DC hero known as Celsius, who was the wife of Niles Caulder and founder of a second Doom Patrol team in the comics, The Chief actually refers to the patient as Shyleen Lao.
A Chinese-American character named Shyleen was introduced in 2001’s third volume of Doom Patrol and found herself recruited into a new incarnation of the team by a wealthy industrialist named Thayer Jost. Shyleen took on the name “Fever” and possessed power over heat transfer and fire, to a certain extent. After the new version of the team was disbanded, Fever was among the many heroes who was abducted by the Dark Side Club and brainwashed into being a combatant in the group’s underground fighting ring. After being defeated in the ring by Ravager, she was shot in the head by the henchman of a Dark Side Club judge named Virman Vundabar after Ravager refused to execute Shyleen.
So who did the series introduce? Celsius or Fever? Or was this character simply a nod to both heroes? Share your thoughts below!
Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.
Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Richard “Dick” Grayson / Robin, Anna Diop as Koriand’r / Starfire, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth / Raven, and Ryan Potter as Garfield “Gar” Logan / Beast Boy.
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