DEAD BOY DETECTIVES TV Series Moves From HBO Max To Netflix

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES TV Series Moves From HBO Max To Netflix DEAD BOY DETECTIVES TV Series Moves From HBO Max To Netflix

Traction on a live-action Dead Boy Detectives gained steam after the characters appeared in Doom Patrol but it appears Warner Bros. Discovery budget cuts will see the series move to Netflix.

By MarkJulian - Feb 25, 2023 02:02 PM EST
Filed Under: DC Studios
Source: THR

After the Dead Boy Detectives first appeared in a 2021 season 3 episode of Doom Patrol, rumors began swirling about a potential spinoff for the characters.  Those rumors would go on to become reality in April 2022, although the two lead characters would be recast.

Now, it's been reported by The Hollywood Reporter that the adaptation is moving from HBO Max to Netflix. Reportedly, the show didn't fit the vision of the quasi-reboot of DC Studios by James Gunn and Peter Safran. 

While it's somewhat disappointing to see DC properties split across multiple streamers/networks, Dead Boy Detectives is enjoying a better fate than what befell Batgirl, Pennyworth, Titans and Doom Patrol.

Also likely factoring into the decision to sell the adaptation to Netflix is the current financial turmoil swirling around Warner Bros. Discovery as the company looks to be cutting costs through write-offs and licensing deals.

Just last month, Neil Gaiman commented that the adaptation was currently filming making it likely that Netflix will retain the original cast.  Jayden Revri (Fate: The Winx Saga) portrays Edwin Payne, newcomer George Rexstrew co-stars as Charles Rowland, and actress Kassius Nelson rounds out the main cast as Crystal Palace.

In addition, the show also features:

  • Briana Cuoco as Jenny the Butcher
  • Yuyu Kitamura as Niko
  • Jenn Lyon as Esther
  • Ruth Connell as Night Nurse

The Dead Boy Detectives first appeared in The Sandman #25 (April 1991) from writer Neil Gaiman and artists Matt Wagner and Malcolm Jones III under the DC Comics imprint, Vertigo Comics (R.I.P., seriously, someone at DC needs to bring Vertigo back).   

While trying to protect their new acquaintance, techno-savvy sleuth Crystal, from suffering the same fate at the hands of familiar bullies, Charles and Edwin begin to unravel the mysteries surrounding their own untimely demise.

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GirshwinDavies - 2/25/2023, 2:36 PM
Almost saw this as “The Boys”
GhostDog - 2/25/2023, 2:41 PM
Will get cancelled season 2 now
dracula - 2/25/2023, 2:48 PM
guessing it will be cutting ties with Doom Patrol, they already recast the characters, so really might as well do a fresh start
ObserverIO - 2/25/2023, 2:48 PM
So both Sandman and a Sandman spin-off are on Netflix?

I hope they have the same actors for both.

And can't we get that Locke and Key/Sandman crossover since they're both Netflix?
It takes place before the events of Sandman Season 2 (or around the same time as all of that anyway, concerning the key to Hell) and after the events of Locke and Key, so it would be perfect timing right now.

marvel72 - 2/26/2023, 4:28 AM
@ObserverIO - Locke And Key is shit though,Sandman is probably more watchable but I haven't seen it.
ObserverIO - 2/26/2023, 4:45 AM
@marvel72 - They're both Netflix mid.

Sandman is better because it's basically adapts the series book by book, but then it censors all the sex and violence and paints over all the creative artistry with a bucket of Netflix mid. So it's basically more accessible for 14 year old girls rather than just everyone. Like basically every Netflix show.

So um, yeah I think it'd cross over well. Hey, I'll take what I can get, lol, I'm not complaining.
Saga - 2/25/2023, 2:57 PM
See thats why these shows don't make it past 1 season and people womder why was it Made. Like the premise is muddled, spinoff of another struggling show and who the hell are these people?? Not a single name on the cast to make You excited. God bless all of them, hope this finds success but man...difficult sell
DocSpock - 2/25/2023, 3:14 PM

The next 1 season unsatisfying show on Netflix.


Reeds2Much - 2/25/2023, 3:36 PM
A friend of mine who is in the movie making business pitched a police procedural he called "Dead Detective." The first episode opens with the detective opening the door and being shot, and then it was just 22 minutes of his dying. He was escorted out of the CBS meeting room before he could get into how future episodes would be like 24, where the show would continue being in real time and the body would just decomposes over a season.

I owed him a slice because I didn't believe he'd actually pitch it. Best two bucks I ever lost.
bkmeijer1 - 2/25/2023, 5:46 PM
I think it's a smart move to shop it to another service. Same with Caped Crusader.

Keep the DCU content on HBO Max, and ship the other stuff on other services. Couldn't make it more clear what DCU canon is and what isn't.
1stDalek - 2/25/2023, 8:01 PM
At least it's with The Sandman now. I can only guess they'll try to tie them together by adapting The Sandman comic story with the show's cast, give this show a little boost.
Nightmare - 2/26/2023, 12:36 AM
Another spinoff of recasted actors from a show Doom Patrol, which is also a spinoff who recasted actors from Titans.
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