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Get a First Look at the Russo Brothers’ TV Adaptation of Deadly Class


Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo are shepherding Rick Remender’s brutal coming-of-age comic to the small screen.

We’ve known Deadly Class was in production for a while, and SYFY just released a first look at the upcoming show. Scenes are interspersed with commentary from the Russos, who serve as the show’s executive producers, and the writer of the Deadly Class comic, Rick Remender.

Deadly Class is an Image Comics title from seasoned comics veteran Remender and artist Wesley Craig, with a pretty solid pitch: it’s set at an exclusive school for assassins attended by the children of the world’s worse crime families.

“Welcome to the most brutal high school on Earth,” the official comics description reads. That’s likely a good jumping-off point to introduce you to Deadly Class:

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.

The show doesn’t appear to be pulling any punches—and the story’s “twisted” nature was one of the draws for the Russos in the first place. “Deadly Class is one of the more twisted coming-of-age stories we’ve ever read. The first time we read the book, we were blown away,” Joe Russo says in the video. We’re set to see Deadly Class debut on SYFY in 2019.

Things are looking pretty snazzy. An ’80s-set coming of age at a high school for assassins? The involvement of Benedict Wong in any capacity? I already like this show more than Stranger Things.

(via, Image Comics, image: screengrab/SYFY)

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