Set in universe of The Sandman, the show follows a pair of spiritual sleuths.
Netflix have dropped the first teaser for Dead Boy Detectives, a series based on the DC Comics characters created by Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner.
The comedy-drama follows a pair of young sleuths, Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine. Choosing not to go on to the afterlife, the pair opt to solve supernatural crimes on Earth instead.
While originally set up at Max, the show shifted to the streamer after James Gunn and Peter Safran’s arrival and subsequent shakeup of the DC Comic universe at Warner Bros. However, with the pair first debuting in an edition of The Sandman, shifting to Netflix feels like a natural fit.
To that end, Neil Gaiman has confirmed that the show takes place in the same fictional universe as The Sandman television series. Do we sniff the potential for a supernatural crossover event?
The synopsis for Dead Boy Detectives asks:
“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.”
The cast also includes Jenn Lyon, Briana Cuoco, Ruth Connell, Lukas Gage, David Iacono, and Joshua Colley.
Dead Boy Detectives has been developed for television by Steve Yockey (The Flight Attendant, Supernatural). Yockey is also the showrunner and executive produces with Beth Schwartz. Other Executive Producers include Greg Berlanti, Jeremy Carver, Sarah Schechter, Leigh London Redman and Neil Gaiman.
The show will runs for eight episodes, with the premiere date still to be announced.
For more on the show’s background, there’s plenty of information on The Mary Sue.