“Super Crooks” is a new Netflix anime series based on Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu’s comic book “Supercrooks” (yes, with no space). The original “Supercrooks” limited-release comic book was published in only four issues from 2012 by Icon Comics (an imprint of Marvel Comics). The first issue was able to reach #51 of US comic and the series has received praise for Yu’s distinguishing style.
The series follows a small-time crook called “Johnny Bolt” as he recruits a team of eight super-villains to perform a super-powered heist in Spain.
Watch the trailer below, enjoy.
If like me you struggled to simultaneously follow the action and read the Japanese subtitles, don’t worry. There will be an English dub once the series is released on Netflix.
The official Netflix synopsis reads:
“Luck has never been on their side, but this crew of small-time crooks with superpowers is recruited by none other than “Johnny Bolt” for one last heist. Their target: A ruthless super-powered crime boss. What can go wrong?”
The “Super Crooks” series is directed by Motonobu Hori and written by Dai Satō from a story by Mark Millar. The voice cast includes Kenjiro Tsuda, Maaya Sakamoto, and Hiroshi Yanaka.
Mark Millar’s other comic book superhero series, “Jupiter’s Legacy”, was ‘canceled’ on Netflix after just one season following its May 2021 debut, with the cast being released from their contracts. The high cost of production was cited as one of the reasons for cancellation with the first season alone reportedly costing $200 million, which seems ludicrous! Let’s hope this new anime series has a leaner budget.
A live-action version of the “Super Crooks” series is in development, according to a newsletter from Miller that reads in part:
“Regulars will know we’re currently hard at work on the live-action series of Super Crooks right now, adapted from the book I did almost a decade ago with my great friend Leinil Yu. But the animated series will be up first.”
The first season of the series will be released in 13 episodes, each with a runtime of 30 minutes. The series will stream on Netflix on November 25, 2021.