Syfy’s latest original offering, a cinematic new series called Deadly Class – from the directors of Avengers: Infinity War – just got its first trailer, and we have a lot of thoughts. Instead of presenting a straightforward trailer, Syfy has given us a few clips of the upcoming series intercut with an explanation from Anthony and Joe Russo – who will be executive producing the series – as well as some behind-the-scenes footage from the first season of production.
In just over 90 seconds, this first trailer gives us a lot of info to chew on. Check out the trailer below, and then read our breakdown of Syfy’s newest original series, Deadly Class.
The Source Material
Deadly Class is based on an ongoing series from Image Comics. Written by Rick Remender, with art from Wesley Craig and colorist Lee Loughridge, the story is set in “the most brutal high school on Earth,” according to the original synopsis from Image. As far as we can tell, the show manages to stay true to much of the source material’s details, including the fact that Deadly Class is set in 1987. You can check out the full synopsis for Deadly Class below, courtesy of Image Comics:
It’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. He has no money. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class, thanks to his mind constantly drifting to the stunning girl in the front row and the Dag Nasty show he has tickets to. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush, a member of the most notorious crime syndicate in Japan, has a double-digit body count. Welcome to the most brutal high school on Earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical, nor is your fellow classmates’ poison.
Thanks to the rise of consumer cameras that shoot cinema-quality images, making a low (or, at least, lower) budget project look and feel top notch isn’t as impossible as it once was. For that reason, television was rarely able to replicate the spectacle that one experiences at the movies until recently. With dialogue-driven dramas like House of Cards and expansive sagas like Game of Thrones, we’ve seen that television truly is capable of recreating that experience. Deadly Class seems to be the next step in that progression, with a visual style that’s completely indistinguishable from its big-budget counterparts. Syfy is probably sinking a lot of money into this project, especially with the Russo brothers on board, and it seems like a major selling point of this series is how damn good it looks. Judging from this first trailer, they’re really not overselling it.
When Can We Watch It?
Right now, we don’t know much else about Deadly Class, including a TBD release date. The show is set to premiere in 2019, and it’s safe to say that much of the first season probably hasn’t even been filmed yet. We do know that Lee Toland Krieger (Riverdale) will be directing the pilot episode from a script by creators Rick Remender – who also wrote the comic – and Miles Orion Feldsott (American Koko). We also don’t know how many episodes there are going to be per season, and a lot of that depends on when the show premieres. Television isn’t what it used to be, and season length is almost indeterminable at this point.
There are currently 33 issues of Deadly Class available, with two more already announced for May and June. The writers are definitely going to have a lot to work with, but it remains to be seen whether they want to space things out or craft longer seasons. As far as casting goes, every major role seems to have been filled. As of now, Syfy’s Deadly Class stars:
Benjamin Wadsworth as Marcus Lopez
Lana Condor as Saya Kuroki
María Gabriela de Faría as Maria Salazar
Luke Tennie as Willie Lewis
Benedict Wong as Master Lin
Liam James as Billy
Michel Duval as Chico
Check back soon for more info on Syfy’s Deadly Class!
Images: Syfy, Image Comics