Deadly Class teases Comic Con Attendees
By Pauline Perenack
The hit comic book series, Deadly Class, has been announced as a live action television show, and the first 15 minutes were premiered at Comic Con this year to a packed Indigo Ballroom. For those not in the know, Deadly Class is about a group of students enrolled at King’s Dominion Atelier of the Deadly Arts, which is a secret high school in San Francisco. Each student is a member of a crime family, and is at the school training to become a top assassin, and are all under the tutelage of Master Lin. The comic debuted in January 2014, and has been publishing monthly since then.
During the panel, writer Rick Remender, and the cast talked about transitioning the comic to the television screen, and what fans, and newcomers to the show can expect.
- Rick Remender is the writer and executive producer for the show, so it will be staying very true to the comic books.
- Star Ben Wadsworth seemed to be very nervous on the panel, but said that he read the books a lot in order to really understand his character.
- Benedict Wong was called by executive producer Joe Russo, who said he had an amazing script for Benedict to read, and that he would love it. (He did.)
- Music is a huge part of the show, just like it is in the comics, and Remender “promised” a weekly Spotify with the music.
- Lana Condor who plays Saya Kuroki talked about how awesome it is riding her motorcycle, even though she’s not allowed to really ride it.
- Luke Tennie who plays Willie Lewis said he really loved playing someone who is fighting to maintain his humility, and that all they really want to do is bring to life the best translation of the comic.
- The show has taken 4 years to come to screen.
- Producer Mick Betancourt actually had to panhandle when he was a kid, so he was really drawn to this project, and is really impressed with its authenticity.
- All of the stories come from Remender’s high school journals.
Before the panel, I was able to sit down with the cast and producers of Deadly Class, so be sure to keep an eye out for the upcoming interview where we learned more about the classes the kids take in school, and how each of them connected with their characters.
Overall, the show sounds like it’s going to be a fun watch, and I’m definitely going to check out the comics before the premiere.
Deadly Class premieres on Syfy in 2019.