Netflix released its first teaser for the Death Note movie. Meanwhile, the manga’s fans are not happy with the movie’s current casting, in particular for Light and L. Fans react that the two characters were westernized.
The streaming giant, Netflix dropped the Death Note movie’s first teaser. The trailer starts with the black notebook falling from the sky which Light Turner (Nat Wolff) picks up.
Death Note First Teaser Released!
Variety reports that after a few scenes, Light opens the notebook and reads the first rule of the Death Note: “the human whose name is written in this notebook shall die. The outlet notes that once the name of the person is written down and he envisions the person’s face in the mind, the task is complete.”
Towards the end of the video, Ryuk, the god of death known as the shinigami speaks and asks Light: “shall we begin?” The source notes that Death Note is a live-action adaptation of the 2003 Japanese manga series of the same title.
Film Criticized For Whitewashing
Meanwhile, Comicbook.com reports that prior to the first teaser release, the live-action movie received criticisms from the supporters of the Japanese manga. Moreover, the latter report notes that the main topic creating a buzz online is the film’s casting.
The outlet notes that rather than Netflix choosing Japanese actors to portray the roles of Light and L. Instead, according to the source, “he protagonists have been westernized.”
In the Netflix Death Note movie, newcomer Wolff takes on the role of high school student Light and Get Out’s Lakeith Stanfield will be the genius detective L. The outlet notes that fans took their frustration to Twitter. They were not happy with the film’s casting.
Meanwhile, the source notes that Death Note Director Adam Wingard stressed that the Netflix live-action movie does not exactly reflect the manga series. Moreover, the director said that they only “loosely based” the Netflix film on it.
…If they were going to Americanize Death Note, shouldn't they have changed the name to "Death Notebook"?
— ナナキBH@兄さんが好き (@flagfighter) March 23, 2017
Tsugumi Ohba created the Japanese manga series, Death Note. The Weekly Shonen Jump, Shueisha’s manga magazine first serialized the series. Japan aired the television anime adaptation in 2006.
On the other hand, the Death Note live action movie was initially under Warner Bros. However in April 2016, the film company decided to put the film on a turnaround that allowed Wingard to take the project elsewhere. Within two days, Netflix bought the film from Warner.
The Death Note movie is available for streaming on Netflix on Aug. 25, 2017. Margaret Qualley, Paul Nakauchi, Shea Whigham and Willem Dafoe are also part of the movie. Dafoe takes on the role of Ryuk, the shinigami.