In the original Death Note anime, Ryuk was more of a comical, laissez-faire kind of character. In the latest trailer from Netflix's live-action series, the shinigami sounds an awful lot more like how a reaper of death should - grim, sinister, and tainted from head to toe with darkness.
The clip runs for almost three minutes, and showcases Ryuk (Willem Dafoe) introducing Light Turner (Nat Wolff) to the power of the Death Note. But unlike the anime and original manga, where Ryuk encourages Light to become the killer he already wants to be, Dafoe's power of suggestion comes across a lot stronger. It feels more like Ryuk is more of an active participant in the destruction of humans, rather than merely enjoying sitting on the sidelines.
The live action Death Note launches on Netflix on August 25. I remember watching one of the first live action films from Japan, with their comical CG. Those were better than expected, and if William Dafoe continues to emobdy Ryuk with the sense of evil that a Grim Reaper-like character should have, the Netflix film could be real good.