The official synopsis of “Dead Boy Detectives” notes that Charles and Edwin “will do anything to stick together — including escaping evil witches, Hell, and Death herself.” This could imply that Death herself (played by Kirby Howell-Baptiste in “The Sandman”) will make an appearance and try to hunt down these boy detectives for defying her reach, though this hasn’t been confirmed.
However, other announced cast members include Kassius Nelson as the teenage psychic Crystal Palace (replacing Madalyn Horcher from “Doom Patrol”) and Yuyu Kitamura as Crystal’s friend Niko Sasaki (who helps the Detectives in their work using mystery-solving skills picked up from “Scooby-Doo” and manga).
The supporting cast (many of whom can be glimpsed in the trailer) sounds eccentric, to say the least: Briana Cuoco as Crystal and Niko’s landlord Jenny the Butcher, Ruth Connell as Death’s assistant the Night Nurse (the only cast member returning from “Doom Patrol”), Jenn Lyon as immortal witch Esther Finch, Joshua Colley as her familiar Monty, Lukas Gage as Thomas the Cat King (you can tell it’s him in the trailer because he has a neon crown light over his bed), Michael Beach as magic shop owner Tragic Mick, and David Iacono as David the Demon (who once possessed Crystal).
“Dead Boys Detectives” has a fast-paced, 80-second trailer, with music complementing the greater focus on action and thrill of the chase than solving mysteries. We can only wait and see if that will be the tone of the series itself.
“Dead Boy Detectives” premieres on Netflix in 2024.