It looks like issues in Josh Boone’s The New Mutants have started bubbling to the surface now that the film is slated to premiere this Friday.
Despite his excitement and anticipation, New Mutants comic book co-creator Bob McLeod couldn’t help but lambast the film for spelling his name wrong, writing him as “Bob Macleod” in the film’s credits. Not only that, but McLeod also felt disappointed with the changes the movie gave his characters.
Taking to Facebook, the comic book writer decided to talk about his experience watching The New Mutants. McLeod started on a positive note, saying that he was pretty eager when Sony announced that it was developing 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,” the writer started.
I was very excited when I heard they were making a New Mutants movie. I thought making it into a horror movie was...Posted by Bob McLeod on Friday, August 28, 2020
Then, in the next paragraph, McLeod shares the many reasons why he’s disappointed with the film.
"But then, I was disappointed when they didn't give Dani braids, although I like Blu Hunt," he explained. "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,” McLeod explained.
“ There's just no excuse. So basically, Josh Boone erased everything I contributed to the way the characters look,” the writer went on, “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."
McLeod isn’t the only one disappointed with Boone’s iteration of The New Mutants. Fans and critics have also expressed their sentiments towards the film. Sony’s horror comic book movie now sits with an abysmal critic and audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Trade sites that reviewed the film call it “a movie best forgotten by all involved,” “the worst X-Men movie ever,” and “plodding viewing experience, even with lowered expectations.”
Such a shame considering the excitement everyone had for the film.
The New Mutants releases today, August 28, 2020.