THE WITCHER Writer Beau DeMayo Says Many Scribes Working On The Show "Actively Disliked" Books And Games

The Witcher writer Beau DeMayo has revealed he only wanted fans of X-Men: The Animated Series to work on X-Men '97. Why? Because he was demoralised by many scribes he worked with on that Netflix series.

The Witcher has received mostly positive reviews from critics and fans, though the Netflix series certainly isn't without its issues. The first season was deemed too confusing and hard to follow, while the second ultimately felt like nothing special. 

Still, there remains a lot of excitement for the upcoming third batch of episodes, not to mention The Witcher: Blood Origin spinoff series. 

Moon Knight writer Beau DeMayo previously served as one of the main writers on the show, and shared some surprising comments during a recent Instagram Q&A. Discussing his work on Marvel Studios' X-Men '97 animated series, the scribe explained why he only wanted fans of X-Men: The Animated Series on board when putting together his writers room. 

"Marvel's head of streaming asked me to develop a take to revive this show," he recalls. "From there I pitched it out, [and] was hired...My general rule was you HAD to be a fan. No questions."

"I've been on [a] show - namely Witcher - where some of the writers were not or actively disliked the books and games (even actively mocking the source material.) It's a recipe for disaster and bad morale. Fandom as a litmus test checks egos, and makes all the long nights worth it."

"You have to respect the work before you're allowed to add to its legacy," DeMayo concluded.

It's worth noting that The Witcher showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has previously said she intentionally avoided hiring those who were too familiar with the books and games. That approach doesn't seem to have paid off so far, as there are many elements of the show that have been criticised by fans for the way it's adapted certain characters and moments. 

While time will tell what the future holds in store for The Witcher franchise on Netflix (the streamer definitely appears committed to it), we're sure X-Men fans will be very pleased by what DeMayo has planned for that upcoming sequel series. 

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