SDCC Death Note panel drops details and first killer clip

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:16 AM EDT (Updated)

Just in time for San Diego Comic-Con, Netflix has released the first clip for director Adam Wingard’s Death Note.

The sneak peek was released during the streaming giant’s SDCC Hall H panel, and offers a look at when the (ahem) hero of the piece, Light Turner (Nat Wolff), meets Ryuk (Willem Dafoe).

The panel kicked off with the Death Note trailer released a few weeks ago, before host Terry Crews brought out Wingard and stars Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, Keith Stanfield, and Masi Oka on stage.

During the panel, Wingard called the movie a “cat and mouse” thriller with some horror elements attached to it (as fans of the Japanese manga will know), while Oka added that Japanese fans are receptive of the “Americanized” version (just like they mostly were of Ghost in the Shell). When Wingard was asked who his scariest supervillain was, the director of The Guest answered “the President,” to the cheers of Hall H.

In the clip below, we see a whole lot of the demon Ryuk, and how the supernatural notebook works. Basically just write someone's name as well as the manner of their death and how it happens. And voila!

Here's the official synopsis:

"Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life."

Death Note will debut on Netflix on August 25.