Netflix has unveiled a sneak peek at its upcoming show, Dead Boy Detectives. The series is based on the Vertigo comics by Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner and stars George Rexstrew and Jayden Revri as Edwin Payne and Charles Rowland, best friends – and ghosts – who use their supernatural abilities to solve paranormal cases in the living world.
Dead Boy Detectives will be part of the Sandman universe at Netflix, as the characters were introduced in Gaiman’s Sandman comics in the early 1990s. However, the journey to bring this series to life has been a bit of a rollercoaster. Initially developed for Max as part of the streamer’s former plans for its DC Universe, the series saw Edwin and Charles making an appearance, although played by different actors, in season three of Doom Patrol.
Max (formerly HBO Max) ordered the series in April 2022, but after Warner Bros. Discovery decided to reset the DC universe under James Gunn and Peter Safran, they ultimately decided that Dead Boy Detectives wouldn’t align with their new plans. Warner Bros. TV then found a new home for the series at Netflix, where it will join The Sandman.
The show is described as follows: “Do you have a pesky ghost haunting you? Has a demon stolen your core memories? You may want to ring the Dead Boy Detectives. Meet Edwin Payne and Charles Rowland, ‘the brains’ and ‘the brawn’ behind the Dead Boy Detectives agency. Teenagers born decades apart who find each other only in death, Edwin and Charles are best friends and ghosts … who solve mysteries. They will do anything to stick together — including escaping evil witches, Hell and Death herself. With the help of a clairvoyant named Crystal (Kassius Nelson) and her friend Niko (Yuyu Kitamura), they are able to crack some of the mortal realm’s most mystifying paranormal cases.”
The cast also includes Jenn Lyon, Briana Cuoco, Ruth Connell, Lukas Gage, and David Iacono. The series was developed by Steve Yockey (The Flight Attendant) and Beth Schwartz, who are also the showrunners and executive producers along with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jeremy Carver, Leigh London Redman, and Neil Gaiman. Lee Toland Krieger directed and served as executive producer on the first episode.
As of now, no premiere date for Dead Boy Detectives has been set, but a teaser for the show has been released.
With its rich storyline, strong cast, and association with the Sandman universe, Dead Boy Detectives has generated a significant amount of buzz among fans of the genre. The series promises to offer a unique blend of mystery, supernatural elements, and engaging character dynamics.
The decision to bring the show to Netflix demonstrates the streaming platform’s commitment to offering diverse and compelling content to its subscribers. By adding Dead Boy Detectives to its lineup, Netflix continues to solidify its position as a leading provider of original and exclusive content across a wide range of genres.
The show’s availability on Netflix will provide viewers with easy access to a thrilling and imaginative series that combines elements of mystery, fantasy, and the supernatural. Fans of the original comics, as well as new audiences, are eagerly anticipating the premiere of Dead Boy Detectives to see how the beloved characters and gripping plots translate to the small screen.
In conclusion, the upcoming Dead Boy Detectives series has generated excitement and anticipation among fans of the original comics and supernatural mysteries. With its talented cast, strong creative team, and association with the Sandman universe, the show is poised to deliver an engaging and immersive viewing experience. As the premiere date approaches, viewers can look forward to diving into a world of paranormal investigations, otherworldly adventures, and compelling storytelling on Netflix.