New Mutants co-creator Bob McLeod has slammed the upcoming movie for ‘white-washing’ and spelling his name wrong.
The artist created the original comics alongside Chris Claremont.
With the movie, directed by Josh Boone, about to hit cinemas, Bob admitted he was ‘disappointed’ with certain aspects, especially the characters’ appearances.
Bob wrote in a statement on Facebook: ‘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.’
Maisie Williams is set to star in the X-Men spin-off, which will follow a group of mutants held against their will as they’re declared dangerous without full control of their superpowers.
Arya Stark actress Maisie will star as Rahne Sinclair, alongside Peaky Blinders actress Anya Taylor-Joy (Illyana Rasputin) and Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton (Sam Guthrie).
While the film recently faced a scathing review, branding it the ‘worst X-Men movie ever’, Maisie took it all in her stride, mocking the piece as she responded.
She tweeted: ‘Sounds like a must see! Get your tickets now.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted Disney and reps for Josh Boone for comment.
New Mutants is released in the UK on September 4, 2020.
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