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The New Mutants Co-Creator Bob McLeod Isn’t A Fan of The Movie

August 29, 2020 | Posted by Joseph Lee
New Mutants Maisie Williams

The New Mutants is finally in theaters after years of delays and even some reshoots, and the results are less than stellar. Reviews have not been great, with some calling it the worst X-Men movie ever (putting it in the company of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Dark Phoenix). Bob McLeod, who created the New Mutants, wrote on Twitter that the film managed to erase his contributions to the characters.

He wrote: “I was very excited when I heard they were making a New Mutants movie. I thought making it into a horror movie was perhaps an interesting idea, but not at all how the characters should be introduced to the public at large. But, hey, my characters in a movie! I never would have thought that would actually happen. But then, I was disappointed when they didn’t give Dani braids, although I like Blu Hunt. I was disappointed when Rahne wasn’t a redhead with spiky hair, although I adore Maisie Williams. I was disappointed that Sam isn’t tall and gawky, although I do like Charlie Heaton. But mainly I was very disappointed that Roberto isn’t short and dark-skinned. Yet another example of Hollywood white-washing. There’s just no excuse. So basically, #JoshBoone erased everything I contributed to the way the characters look. And now, the movie has come out at last, and apparently they’ve credited someone named Bob Macleod as co-creator. They couldn’t even be bothered to check the spelling of my name sometime in the last three years. And that can’t be fixed. That will be on the movie forever. I think I’m done with this movie.

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