It’s not often you see a dystopian story so full of hope and beauty. But Netflix’s Sweet Tooth manages it.
The series, based on Jeff Lemire’s DC comics, hits the streamer this June. Check out the trailer below:
Ten years ago “The Great Crumble” wreaked havoc on the world and led to the mysterious emergence of hybrids — babies born part human, part animal. Unsure if hybrids are the cause or result of the virus, many humans fear and hunt them. After a decade of living safely in his secluded forest home, a sheltered hybrid deer-boy named Gus (Christian Convery) unexpectedly befriends a wandering loner named Jepperd (Nonso Anozie). Together they set out on an extraordinary adventure across what’s left of America in search of answers— about Gus’ origins, Jepperd’s past, and the true meaning of home. But their story is full of unexpected allies and enemies, and Gus quickly learns the lush, dangerous world outside the forest is more complex than he ever could have imagined.
The adaptation comes from executive producers Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr. The creative team includes Beth Schwartz (Arrow) as EP, writer, and co-showrunner; and Jim Mickle as EP, writer, director, and co-showrunner.
“We wanted to make a show that offers escape and adventure, where nature is reclaiming the world and in many ways it feels like a fairytale. Sweet Tooth is a new kind of dystopian story, it’s very lush and hopeful. We want people to come into this world where there’s beauty and hope and adventure,” said Mickle. “This is a sweeping story — we ride on trains, climb mountaintops, run through forests. This is a show about what makes a family, what home really means, and why it’s important to keep faith in humanity.”
Schwartz said the team is excited to see a project so long in the making finally realized.
“Sweet Tooth the series has been in the making since 2016, and the comics existed even well before that, but I think everyone is going to relate to the show and this story even more than we even thought when we first started working on it. When you watch Sweet Tooth, you feel hopeful about the future,” said Schwartz.
(And hey, I wouldn’t mind feeling hopeful about the future for once.)
The first season of Sweet Tooth includes 8 hour-long episodes. The series arrives on Netflix June 4.