After initially being developed for the
HBO Max streaming service, Dead Boy Detectives will officially stream on Netflix, and the first teaser trailer has now been released online.
A pilot was originally ordered to series at Max back in April of last year, but we found out that it would most likely be moving to Netflix due to the perception that it didn't "fit the new direction for Max-DC content being spearheaded by James Gunn and Peter Safran."
Created by Neil Gaiman, the Dead Boy Detectives were first introduced in the pages of The Sandman before going on to appear in the likes of The Books of Magic, Children's Crusade, Doom Patrol, and more. In the comics, Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine were a pair of murdered school boys who decided not to enter the afterlife in order to stay on earth and investigate crimes involving the supernatural.
The official logline for the show reads: “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 (George Rexstrew) and Charles Rowland (Jayden Revri), ‘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.”
Rowland and Paine actually appeared in the third season of Doom Patrol, but were played by different actors (Sebastian Croft and Ty Tennant).
The show will be set in the same universe as Netflix's The Sandman, and Gaiman has confirmed that a member of the Endless will show up... but he wouldn't reveal which one.
“In Dead Boy Detectives, they will encounter a member of the Endless. But which one? Ah... you’ll need to watch it to find out.”
Check out the teaser below.
Dead Boy Detectives is part of The Sandman universe and based on the beloved comic series from Neil Gaiman. Steve Yockey (The Flight Attendant, Supernatural) and Beth Schwartz (Sweet Tooth, Arrow) serve as co-showrunners, with Greg Berlanti (Riverdale, You), Jeremy Carver (Supernatural), and Sarah Schechter (Riverdale, You) as executive producers.
The series also stars Jennifer Lyon, Briana Cuoco, Lukas Gage, David Iacono, and Ruth Connell.