Netflix has shared the first trailer for its live-action film adaptation of Death Note, starring a dude with frosted tips as the main character and Willem Dafoe as his demon friend. The Death Note manga series already inspired an anime series as well as several Japanese-language live-action films, and the reaction from fans to its major American adaptation has been… well, see for yourself.
"Mixed" might be too generous
after seeing the death note trailer pic.twitter.com/wxguv8JUrWMarch 22, 2017
Netflix's death note: hey I'm brad yagami, just your average highschool student with a not so average deadly secret [the icarly theme plays]March 22, 2017
Can I be honest tho? I was really hoping for an Asian male lead 😔 @PeterSAdrian would've killed it as Light #DEATHNOTEMarch 22, 2017
death note netflix movie : pic.twitter.com/BjOL61jvxEMarch 22, 2017
Some are volunteering their own ideas
If that live action Death Note doesn't have a dramatic chip eating scene, I'm going to be tight. pic.twitter.com/dlM2lS9mvOMarch 22, 2017
this is the only death note remake i'll accept pic.twitter.com/2Hh0KxTRyDMarch 22, 2017
some dude: hey what you thinkin aboutme: nothingme actually: pic.twitter.com/SS7RI6yOzyMarch 22, 2017
At least we can agree on one "pro"
On the positive side for the Death Note live action, I'm 99% sure Willem Dafoe will slay his role as Ryuk pic.twitter.com/vOEWI0YMNeMarch 22, 2017
Netflix's Death note seems like it'll br corny but William Dafoe as Ryuk is awesome pic.twitter.com/7ITCvXyqQ5March 22, 2017
Death Note came and went during my "new anime is bad" period so I don't have much attachment to it (FYI, I'm currently back to "alright some new anime is ok") but it's a bummer to see so many fans aren't feeling it. Even if it's too late to address a bunch of the Netflix adaptation's potential problems, culturally speaking, hopefully it can still tell an interesting story.
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