Only the last three episodes of Netflix's upcoming Super Crooks anime will be based on the original comic book, while the rest of the series will tell an all new prequel story.
Mark Millar explained why the new Jupiter's Legacy spinoff had to be this way in a new interview with CBR. "It's 13 episodes, and I was saying to our Japanese team (who work with Studio Bones) that four issues was a bit of a stretch for 13 episodes of something as fast-paced as animation," Millar said. "So I created a huge amount of new stuff up front for them to adapt and leading up to the four issue arc, which runs over the final three episodes. It's really fun stuff -- and it was great to have the room to play with it," the Kick-Ass creator said.
Millar praised the staff of the upcoming anime adaptation, saying ,"Motonobu Hori is a phenomenal director. I absolutely love that guy and Dai Sato is obviously very well known in anime, a fantastic writer who did some really funny scripts."
Prior to Super Crooks, Hori was one of the directors on the Netflix original anime series Carole & Tuesday, a role which he shared with Cowboy Bebop creator Shinichiro Watanabe. Hori has had a long career in the anime industry in a variety of roles; he previously worked as an animator of Studio Ghibli's Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, and also worked in various roles on acclaimed anime series such as Paranoia Agent, Paradise Kiss and Psycho-Pass.
Dai Sato is one of the anime industry's most well known scriptwriters. Sato began his career as a scriptwriter for the original 1998 Cowboy Bebop anime, and ha since written for shows such as Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Samurai Champloo and Eden of the East. In 2005, Sato worked with Studio BONES as the head writer on the popular mecha anime, Eureka Seven.
Super Crooks was originally created by Mark Millar and artist Leinil Francis Yu, and was originally released by Marvel as a four-issue miniseries in 2012. Set in the same world and continuity as Jupiter's Legacy, Super Crooks tells the story of Johnny Bolt, a petty criminal with electricity-based superpowers. Following a botched heist that is interrupted by the appearance of the one of the world's best-known superheroes, Johnny is sent to prison. Upon his release, he is immediately pushed back into a life of crime by his former mentor, who needs his help to pay off a massive mafia debt. The only way they can get enough cash is to steal it from the world's most dangerous supervillain, but in order to pull off this heist, they'll need to recruit the help of the superhero who sent Johnny to jail.
Super Crooks will premiere on Netflix on Nov. 25.