Neil Gaiman Confirms Dead Boy Detectives Is Still Happening at HBO Max

Now that James Gunn and Peter Safran have stepped in to lead DC Studios, the question of which movies and television shows will be brought to life has been on many fans’ minds. In addition to a number of potential projects set within the main DC Universe, there are still a number of titles set within alternate continuities — including Dead Boy Detectives, a series that is set to debut on HBO Max. Outside of a few stray casting updates, details surrounding the series have been few and far between, but a new tweet from the comic co-creator, Neil Gaiman, might be here to help.

On Tuesday, Gaiman not only confirmed that Dead Boy Detectives is still happening and is currently filming, but that “it’s so good.”

What is Dead Boy Detectives about?

Dead Boy Detectives offers a fresh take on a ghost story that explores loss, grief, and death through the lens of Edwin Payne (newcomer George Rexstrew) and Charles Rowland (The Lodge‘s Jayden Revri), two dead British teenagers, and their very alive friend, Crystal Palace (Last Night in Soho‘s Kassius Nelson). Additional series stars include Briana Cuoco (The Flight Attendant, Harley Quinn) as Jenny the Butcher, Yuyu Kitamura (The Expatriates) as Niko, and Jenn Lyon (Claws, Justified) as Esther. Ruth Connell (Supernatural) also reprises her role as as the Night Nurse from the “Dead Patrol” episode of Doom Patrol.

“We are excited to be expanding further into the DC Universe with Steve, Jeremy and the Berlanti team with this thrilling new spin on a detective series,” Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max, said in a statement. “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.”

Who is producing Dead Boy Detectives?

The series is showrun by Doom Patrol and The Flight Attendant‘s Steve Yockey, who also wrote the pilot episode, and Arrow‘s Beth Schwartz. The pilot is directed by Superman & Lois‘ Lee Toland Krieger. Yockey, Jeremy Carver (Doom Patrol, Supernatural), Greg Berlanti (You, The Flash), and Sarah Schechter (The Flight Attendant, You) are executive producers on the series. The series is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.


“I’ve been obsessed with this comic for a long time, so it’s a true passion project,” Yockey echoed. “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.”

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