‘The New Mutants’ Co-Creator Slams Film For Misspelling His Name

The co-creator of 'The New Mutants' comics has a few issues with the film.

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One of the comic book creators behind The New Mutants has slammed the Josh Boone-directed film for misspelling his name and changing the design for certain characters.

The New Mutants is sadly destined to be a film that will more than likely be better known for its various delays then its quality. The film was originally set to be released in April of 2018 but was delayed numerous times due to the behind-the-scenes drama at 20th Century Fox, the Disney acquisition of the company and the ongoing pandemic. The film was released this week to negative reviews that have, at best, called it mediocre. Now, The New Mutants co-creator Bob McLeod is bashing the X-Men spin-off.

Bob McLeod is a comic book artist who is probably best known for co-creating The New Mutants with X-Men legend Chris Claremont. The artist was the penciler on the first three issues of the series and worked on other issues in a role as an inker. In a recent Facebook post, McLeod brought about his grievances with the way the film changed the look of the characters and also noted that Fox apparently misspelled his name in the credits:

“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.”

What do you all make of Bob McLeod’s words? Do you share some of his grievances with The New Mutants? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Here is the official synopsis for The New Mutants:

In this terrifying, action-fueled film based on the MARVEL comic series, five young people who demonstrate special powers are brought to a secret institution to undergo treatments they are told will cure them of the dangers of their powers. Included are Danielle Moonstar aka Mirage (Blu Hunt), who creates illusions from other people’s fears; Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams), who transforms into the werewolf Wolfsbane; Sam Guthrie (Charlie Heaton), who, as Cannonball, can fly at jet speeds protected by a force field; Roberto da Costa aka Sunspot (Henry Zaga), who absorbs and channels solar power; and Illyana Rasputin aka Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy). The younger sister of Colossus, Magik becomes encased in armor at will and wields a soulsword that amplifies her multiple superhuman and psychic abilities.

Invited by Dr. Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga) to share their stories about when their powers first manifested, the five “patients” come to understand that they are in a class of people called mutants, who have historically been marginalized and feared. As they relive their origin stories, their memories seem to turn into terrifying realities. Soon, they question what is real and what isn’t, and it becomes clear that the institution isn’t what it seems. Now the question is — why are they being held captive? And who is trying to destroy them? The tension and horror mount in this white-knuckle thrill ride directed by Josh Boone and co-written by Boone and Knate Lee.

Directed by Josh Boone from a script he co-wrote with Knate Lee, The New Mutants stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, and Henry Zaga.

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Trey Griffeth

Trey Griffeth

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