The first Death Note trailer has landed giving us more Light (Nat Wolff), and our first glimpse of L (Lakeith Stanfield).
It has been over three months since the Death Note teaser trailer hit the web. Since then, fans of Tsugumi Ohba‘s manga series have been left anticipating the arrival of director Adam Wingard‘s (Blair Witch) take on the dark mystery. Now, Netflix has finally released a 2:17-minute trailer that finally introduces us to L, and gives us a glimpse of the Americanised adaptation.
The trailer opens with Light witnessing a robbery as a glasses-clad student is kicked to the ground and his wallet rummaged.
“All the people who make life miserable. Make life dangerous. What if we can change things?” says Light, before the Death Note falls into his hands.
The teenager proceeds to go on a ravenous killing spree to rid the world of evil-doers, as detective L tries to stop him. Known as a tall slender character, with bulging insomniac eyes and prone to isolation, the first glimpse of L was not what fans were expecting. The uncharacteristically outspoken detective gives a rousing public speech and an angry phone call, losing his secretive, isolated and quietly cunning nature.
In March, when the teaser trailer hit the internet, the upcoming adaptation drew criticism with claims of whitewashing and over-Americanisation of the source material. The criticism continues with the launch of Netflix’s full trailer.
That live action Death Note is barely death note. Why is there action? Why are Light and Misa bro-ing? Why is L giving public speeches?
— Courtnaynay (@csanduhs) June 29, 2017
Just saw the Death Note trailer for Netflix.
Eww. That was not Death Note.
— Bunmi Jones (@ScawlettFeather) June 29, 2017
— J!NX (@JINX) June 29, 2017
In an interview with BuzzFeed in April, Producer Roy Lee responded to the backlash saying the response was “somewhat offensive,” asking fans to reserve judgement until the movie comes out.
“It is an interpretation of that story in a different culture, so there are going to be some obvious changes. Some people will like them, some people may not,” Lee said. But the changes were necessary to “make it more appealing to the US or to the English-language market.”
Death Note will premiere on Netflix August 25. Check out the trailer below: