DC comics continue to find a home with HBO Max. The major streaming service has decided to move forward with a new series based on Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner’s Dead Boy Detectives. Set to be adapted by The Flight Attendant creator Steve Yockey, the show is described as “a fresh take on a ghost story that explores loss, grief, and death through the lens of [the undead] Edwin Payne and Charles Rowland… and their very alive friend, Crystal Palace. It’s a lot like a vintage detective series — only darker and on acid.” The title characters will be portrayed by George Rexstrew and Jayden Revri, with Kassius Nelson playing Crystal. Yuyu Kitamura, Jenn Lyon, and Briana Cuoco are also part of the cast, with Ruth Connell reprising her role as Night Nurse from Doom Patrol.
Dead Boy Detectives will be produced by Berlanti Productions, their second collaboration with Yockey. The showrunner had the following to say in regards to the series getting the go-ahead:
I’ve been obsessed with this comic for a long time, so it’s a true passion project. And Jeremy, Berlanti Productions, DC, WBTV, HBO Max — they’re all encouraging me to run with every wild, bizarre, and unsettling choice. The result is going to be really dark fun.Steve Yockey
HBO Max’s head of original content, Sarah Aubrey, added:
We are excited to be expanding further into the DC Universe with Steve, Jeremy [Carver] and the Berlanti team with this thrilling new spin on a detective series. We were fascinated by the world of the Dead Boy Detectives that Steve and Jeremy first introduced in Doom Patrol and cannot wait to follow the supernatural sleuths in the lurid mysteries to come.Sarah Aubrey
As stated in the quotes, the Dead Boy Detectives characters previously made their live-action debuts in HBO’s fan favorite series Doom Patrol. Here’s hoping the new show finds just as much success as it’s predecessor.