X-MEN '97 Showrunner Reveals Negative Experience On THE WITCHER That Changed His Approach To The Show

X-Men '97 showrunner Beau DeMayo has revealed that his fellow writers on The Witcher actively mocked the books and games, prompting him to change his approach to working on the upcoming animated series.

The Witcher has been mostly well-received by fans and critics, though the Netflix series definitely isn't without its issues. The first season was deemed too convoluted and confusing, while the second was more filler than killer. 

Still, there remains a lot of excitement for the upcoming third batch of episodes, not to mention The Witcher: Blood Origin spinoff series that's set to premiere this December. 

Moon Knight scribe 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, he explained why he only wanted fans of X-Men: The Animated Series on board when assembling his writers room. 

"Marvel's head of streaming asked me to develop a take to revive this show," he recalls (via SFFGazette.com). "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 as much as she may have hoped so far, and there are many elements of the show that have been criticised for the way certain characters and moments are handled.

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

Let us know your thoughts on The Witcher in the comments section, and stay tuned to SFFGazette.com for updates.

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