We’re really excited and nervous about Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop adaptation. Though the streaming service has gained a great reputation for awesome shows, it’s not perfect, as everyone still remembers how pitiful the Death Note adaptation was. Still, the people behind this series have assured fans that this won’t be a typical whitewashing kind of film so we’ll hold them to that.
However, we are pleased to hear that John Cho’s Spike Spiegel is going to be “super fucking cool,” as co-writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach put it. Considering how Spike has been a lot of people’s favorite anime character for the longest time, this is really good to hear. Speaking with io9, Grillo-Marxuach understands that Spike is a complex character with a tragic past but feels that in his core, he is “super fucking cool.”
“[Co-writer] Chris Yost and I wrote this on a notecard and tacked it up to our whiteboard in the room. His motto for Spike Spiegel was always: Spike Spiegel is super fucking cool. Is he tortured? Yes. Does he have a lot of tragedy in his backstory? Yes. Is he somebody who’s not the most sort of effusive with his emotions kind of guy? Yes, you know this. But he’s super fucking cool. So, I think more than anything else, Spiegel’s super fucking cool. John brings that to it in spades.”
As usual, they need to strike a balance between “super fucking cool” and “this is ridiculous, there are basically no stakes cool.” We know that lead characters have plot armor to a certain extent but it's up to the writers to weaken that to the point that fans fall for it. Hopefully, they don’t exaggerate how cool Spike really is.
No release date for Cowboy Bebop has been released.