Death Note, Netflix Teaser Trailer Has Fans On Edge
Death Note Netflix Trailer
(Last Updated On: March 22, 2017)

Remaking a popular foreign film and “Americanizing” it is one of the things a lot of fans of the original always fear. In the case of Death Note, Netflix will be airing their original rendition based on the 2006 two-part live-action Japanese film, which was based on the animated TV show, which was based on the manga.

Death Note has been adapted numerous times, especially in Japan, so it’s no surprise that Americans would want to get in on the creative craze by doing a derivative version of their own. However, the hackneyed attempt to retell a story that’s been retold multiple times over, was met with more skepticism and apprehension than excitement. The 54 second teaser trailer below, courtesy of Movieclips,  spawned plenty of criticisms, questions, and eagerness for answers from fans who were left on edge.

The trailer is definitely stylish.

There are only a few scenes that really give us a good look at what’s going on, but one thing we find out is that ‘L’, the brilliant, esoteric and eccentric detective brought on to hunt down the main character, Light, is being played by Lakeith Stanfield.

Willem Dafoe was wisely cast to play as the demon Ryuk, and Margaret Qualley will likely be the love interest.

The comment section on the YouTube page is filled to the brim with complaints about whitewashing.

However, there is a Japanese actor who does make an appearance in the Death Note film… Heroes alum Masi Oka. Another Japanese actor who joins Oka is Paul Nakauchi, most recently known for voicing Hanzo in Overwatch. Nakauchi will be taking on the role of Watari.

It’s hard to get a grasp on what Death Note will be like under Netflix’s banner. The streaming service has had a hit and miss selection of movies and shows that they’ve greenlit, but at least they’re experimenting, so props for that.

One of the biggest complaints from female commenters and fans about the upcoming Death Note adaptation is that the kid playing Light, Nat Wolff, wasn’t “hot” enough.

Netflix Death Note - Light Turner

According to the female commenters, he looks like an “emo” kid and not a “hot” school kid. So I wonder if the agenda-driven media will get angry at the female fans for wanting the main male character to be hotter or will they call them “misandrists”?


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  • LurkerJK

    If you are doing a real life version, Light would come out like a sociopath if you presented him as a perfectly normal hot dude, making him emo seems like a good choice imho, the audience is supposed to consider his position at least and not outright slap a “bad guy” tag on him

    too bad they seem to be missing the point and focusing on the supernatural part instead of the far more interesting and engaging detective drama part

  • Bitterbear

    There is only one Death Note remake worth watching:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-Q8Vhk5Qjc

  • >”Willem Dafoe was wisely cast to play as the demon Ryuk”
    >”demon Ryuk”
    >”demon”

    kys

    • Jokes aside, Ryuk is a shinigami, which translates literally into death god. God of death is a localized substitute.

      • Phasmatis75

        Series even covered that if you use a Deathnote you can’t go to hell or heaven so Ryuk definitely can’t be called a demon.

        • Volume 13 also covered that Death Notes are supposed to be a part of the times they drop into – i.e. they look like they were created in that time period. Making the Death Note look like the Necronomicon gave me a fucking conniption.

          • Phasmatis75

            Never read the manga, now I hate this even more.

    • Ghost

      This really is unforgivable, Billy. For shame.

  • Hawk Hopper

    On one of the open discussions on this site a couple of weeks ago, I asked for anime recommendations and Death Note was suggested.

    I watched about half of the episodes before getting bored of it. L was better when he was kept in the shadows, but when he became a main character, the series screeched autistically into a full stop. As soon as Light and L meet, it becomes a boring ass contest of “he’s onto me, but he’s not actually onto me, but I think he’s actually onto me, so I need to make sure that he isn’t actually onto me”. It reminded me of Dragon Ball Z when they would just stand around shaking and mumbling about how strong the other guy was. That’s the sort of shit that made me completely stop watching anime almost two decades ago.

    And I say that because it started off pretty good and there were some tense moments.

    • Ghost

      L dies not too long after that, so I think that would solve your biggest issue.

      • LurkerJK

        and you should probably stop watching at that point and consider it the ending

        • Bitterbear

          Ayup. After that it became the battle of bishie Marty Stus.

      • LurkerJK

        and you should probably stop watching at that point and consider it the ending

    • Mr.Towel

      That is you average run of mill “rat among us” development, if you’re not into investigation mind games drama, DN is not for your tastes IMHO.

      But anime is a pretty wide media, there’s probably a genre out there which will suit your tastes.

    • Mr.Towel

      That is you average run of mill “rat among us” development, if you’re not into investigation mind games drama, DN is not for your tastes IMHO.

      But anime is a pretty wide media, there’s probably a genre out there which will suit your tastes.

      • Hawk Hopper

        I’ve watched plenty of movies and TV shows were people are trying to avoid be caught and I liked a lot of them. The series The Shield, for example, was 7 seasons of a small group of corrupt cops trying to stay one step ahead of the not-as-corrupt authorities. The Shield had a lot of double crossing, mind games, lying, deception and violence, whereas Death Note had all those things, just not as in your face. In The Shield, the corrupt cops were running all over the city and doing criminal stuff while being under investigation and also getting into violent confrontations with anyone in their way, which was basically every episode.

        My biggest problem with Death Note happened when a girl gets another Death Note, gets in contact with Light, but L knows she’s working with Kira in some capacity. L imprisons her and Light makes a deal with her Shinigami(?) to get her free…but his big plan is to sit in a jail cell while L sits on a chair watching them both, and L’s father, do nothing while being prisoners. It was really boring. It lasted 2.5 or 3 episodes, then L and the girl were out of their prisons, but L was like “I’m going to make sure you never leave my sight” and then chained himself to Light while the girl was screaming something and I was completely bored.

        I think it started off good, but as soon as L became a main character, it just got really boring.

        • Mr.Towel

          I didn’t see much issue with that part, it’s all believable since the mechanics through which the contract with Shinigamis work were already well established, it’s not like is a deus ex machina they pulled out of nowhere.

          The thing about L and Light seems common to me as well, at least on mystery novels. The investigator character has an off sense from someone, an intuition about a suspect, something he feels, his subconscious minds notices small hints and makes him feel awkward, but he can’t put into words nor can he put into law, he can’t put the suspect on an legal trial with only an intuition, he needs physical evidence, smoking guns to get the criminal. And so, a mind game between the investigator and the suspect begins, in which one tries to fool another with all sorts of alibis, outwits and so on. I personally don’t see what’s the issue with that, it seems pretty normal to an investigative plots to me.

          Death Note does have many problems, but to me they appear later on the plot.

          • Hawk Hopper

            My problems weren’t the rules of the Death Note, Shinigamis, or stories about mind games; it was how damn boring it got. It seemed around that time, the show had one scene after another showing Light thinking about what L was doing. I got too bored to even care when the prisoner section happened because everyone was sitting around and basically doing nothing and the show would drag out these inner monologues. I like some sort of action or excitement, but the series really wasn’t providing any entertainment since whichever episode L appeared at the graduation, so I stopped watching because I didn’t think it was doing anything engaging.

    • Mr.Towel

      That is you average run of mill “rat among us” development, if you’re not into investigation mind games drama, DN is not for your tastes IMHO.

      But anime is a pretty wide media, there’s probably a genre out there which will suit your tastes.

  • Ghost

    I know they probably changed the race of L because social justice, but in all honesty, I never cared. I just hope this series tells a good story.

    • Mr.Towel

      I’m pretty sure they’ll change Misa. Too submissive, can’t have that.

      • Ghost

        That would suck because she’s my kind of crazy. I like them mentally fragile and obediant…