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'Supercrooks' anime unleashes super-villain mayhem in first trailer for Mark Millar's new Netflix series

Based on the limited comic by Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu, Supercrooks arrives on Netflix Thursday, Nov. 25.

By Josh Weiss
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It's good to be bad with the official trailer for Netflix's anime spin on Supercrooks. Based on the 2012 limited-issue comic of the same name by Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu, the story revolves around a group of super-powered villains brought together for a daring heist. Like Millar's Wanted (the comic, not the movie), Supercrooks flips the industry platitude of traditional bad guys on its head. The anime, which premieres late next month, will consist of 13, 30-minute episodes.

"The book itself was only four issues long, but I plotted out lots of new stories around it because we wanted to make this as big and bold as it could possibly be and Leinil came back to design all the brilliant new characters," Millar wrote in a special Friday newsletter. "The entire series drops on Netflix on Nov. 25th and if you're familiar with Studio Bones, you'll know you're in for a treat. A special shoutout to director Motonobu Hori, who has given us superhero visuals unlike anything I've ever seen from an American studio. You're going to love this."

Yu is directly involved with the anime as character designer supervisor.

Watch the trailer below:

Kenjiro Tsuda (Johnny Bolt), Maaya Sakamoto (Kasey Ann), Hiroshi Yanaka (Christopher Matts), Yasushi Kimura (Carmine/The Heat), Pierre Taki (The Gladiator), Junichi Suwabe (Josh/The Ghost), Hisao Egawa (Salamander), Eiji Takemoto (TK McCabe), Tetsu Inada (Roddy Diesel), Subaru Kimura (Sammy Diesel), Wataru Hatano (The Praetorian), and KENN (Forecast) make up the Japanese voice cast.

Jonah Scott (Johnny Bolt), Abby Trott (Kasey Ann), Jason Marnocha (The Bastard), Doug Stone (Carmine/The Heat), Beau Billingslea (The Gladiator), Bill Butts (Josh/The Ghost), Bill Rogers (TK McCabe), Bruno Oliver (Roddy Diesel), Ben Pronsky (Sammy Diesel), DC Douglas (The Praetorian), and Zeno Robinson (Forecast) comprise the English dub.

Director Motonobu Hori leads a creative team of Yu (see above), Dai Sato (writer/story editor), Takashi Mitani (character design), Stanislas Brunet (concept artist), and TOWA TEI (composer).

Netflix — which owns the screen rights to all of the titles housed under the Millarworld's umbrella — is also working on a live-action adaptation of Supercrooks. The upcoming project took seniority over a second season of Jupiter's Legacy (the latter series was canceled after a single season).

“I’ve always loved crime stories from Scorsese to Tarantino and super-villains are always the most fun part of any superhero story,” Millar wrote over the summer. “To do something exclusively focused on the villains they fight just feels incredibly fresh as we explore what it’s like to be a bad guy in a world crawling with good guys who want to put you in jail.” 

Supercrooks arrives on Netflix Thursday, Nov. 25. Just in time to binge over the long Thanksgiving weekend!