Earlier this month, the folks at Netflix stopped by the Anime Expo in Los Angeles to announce the new titles going into their growing anime slate, which already include Castlevania and the demonically spastic Devilman Crybaby. The next title to join the fray? Trese.
We’ve known for a while that a series adaptation of Trese, based on the comic by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, was in the works. We didn’t know how exactly Netflix would go about producing and adapting a story about a supernatural detective and a criminal underworld filled with creatures from Philippine folklore.
But now that we know that Jay Oliva is executive producing and directing the series adaptation, we’re pretty stoked, and have a few ideas about how Trese‘s going to turn out.
For those of you who don’t know, Jay Oliva is the director behind some of comic giant DC’s best films. No, not the tawdry, live action stuff. We mean the animated stuff, the actual good films DC has. Jay Oliva was behind Justice League Dark and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. He’s also directed a few episodes of Young Justice, a series that just doesn’t feel the same without him on the team for its third season. Oliva has gotten to flex for Marvel as well, having directed episodes of the animated series The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and even storyboarded MCU’s Ant-Man movie, and even Deadpool. The general consensus among DC fans is that Jay Oliva is the reason that DC’s animated movies have always been so good. And I dare anyone to name any other director or storyboard artists with a portfolio as eclectic as Oliva’s and is as equipped to engage the superhero genre. I mean, jeez, look at this dude’s IMDB page.
We’re personally hoping the series adaptation sticks as closely to the art of Kajo Baldisimo, whose style is characterized by strong lines, gritty cross-hatching, and high-contrast black and white shapes. Baldisimo’s art is at least 70 percent of the reason Trese feels so noir. But considering Oliva’s DC work, I’d be open to a Trese adaptation which more closely visually resembles the style of Phil Bourassa, the art director and main character designer of Young Justice. Bourassa x Oliva is a formula that just works, but Oliva also strikes me as the kind of artist who can work with a multitude of styles, and it sounds like he isn’t going to shy away from Trese’s noir aspect. “I wanted to push the horror, supernatural side so I’m going full-on dark,” he stated at the Anime Expo panel.