“Doom Patrol” Episode 3 sees Dorothy Spinner (Abi Monterrey) and Negative Man (Matt Bomer) try to bring the team back after the red-skinned Samuelson (Billy Boyd) kills them in Episode 2. They work with the Dead Boy Detectives to retrieve them from the afterlife. The supernatural sleuths are made up of Edwin Payne (Ty Tennant) and Charles Rowland (Sebastian Croft), who work with the Living Crystal Palace (Madalyn Horcher).
Charles’ specialty is that he has a backpack crammed full of weapons to use in his adventures — and he explains that he always uses a baseball bat whenever he’s in the United States. That makes sense, after all — when in Rome, do as the Romans do. But it’s interesting that the on same day someone on the “Doom Patrol” episode uses a baseball bat to fight off ghosts in the afterlife, “Titans” does exactly the same thing in Season 3, Episode 9, “Souls.”
It follows Tim Drake (Jay Lycurgo) when he wakes up in the afterlife and meets Donna Troy (Conor Leslie) and Hank Hall (Alan Ritchson). The trio hunts for a bridge which could supposedly bring them all back to life, but they’re chased by violent demons who try and steal their souls. Hank figures out that he can manifest weapons into existence, finally using a baseball bat to save his friends from the ghouls — before choosing to stay behind and look after other wayward souls.
Given that the shows exist on the same streaming service and take place in the DC Multiverse, this seems too close to be coincidental. Perhaps the “Doom Patrol” and “Titans” writers all want to create a coherent piece of mythology for other planes of existence throughout the DC shows. One thing’s for certain: baseball bats are great for ghost busting.