Netflix has decided to completely cut ties with the creator due to the recently published reports on his sexual misconduct with dozens of women.
One of the rare instances of a video game being adapted in the form of a movie or a TV show, ‘Castlevania’ is Netflix’s hottest anime series right now. The show made its debut on the streaming platform in July of 2017 and has, since then, aired 3 seasons. The series was originally planned as a movie but since the addition of British comic writer Warren Ellis, it shifted to a web series anime format. The anime series has been renewed once again by Netflix for a fourth season and the production has already begun. However, there’s one hitch. The creator and lead writer of the show Warren Ellis has been accused by several dozens of women for sexual misconduct against them and more similar stories are pouring in every week.
- The Warren Ellis Scandal: Everything that’s happened up till now
- What is ‘Castlevania’ about?
- What lies ahead for the show in season 4?
Reports have surfaced that the popular comics writer had indulged in several relationships with young women whom he met through the conventions he used to attend since 2005. These women claim that they were forced to keep the relationship secret because of Ellis’s fame and also because he had a long term partner at the time. The women blame him for soliciting sex in exchange for his mentorship as a world-famous artist. Here’s everything we know so far.
The Warren Ellis Scandal: Everything that’s happened up till now
An overwhelming 60 women have so far lodged complaints and accusations against the writer since June of this year! The women have banded together and launched a website to detail and elucidate their harrowing experiences of being manipulated and abused by the ‘Castlevania’ creator.
According to them, some of the relationships can be traced as far back as the early 2000s and. at some point, the writer was directly involved with 19 different women. Jhayne Holmes, his girlfriend of 8 years, organised more than 100 women who have communicated with her regarding Ellis’s behaviour through written statements, emails, text messages etc.
On June 19th, Ellis posted an apology on his Twitter account; although some of his former fans thought the apology to be weak and a “non-apology”. In his statement he quoted: “Never consciously coerced, manipulated, or abused anyone, nor have I assaulted anybody.” He added, “I have always tried to support women in their lives and careers, but I have hurt many people that I had no intention of hurting. I apologise.”
The women who have come against him state that they do not intend to go after the writer in a lawsuit but simply want to throw some light on how men in positions of power sometimes use their influence to abuse women who are under them.
What is ‘Castlevania’ about?
The anime is centred around the adventures of the hero named Simon Belmont, who arrives to the rescue of Wallachia, the land plagued by the return of Count Dracula. Count Dracula and his monsters are at a vengeful war against the people of Wallachia and engaged in their relentless slaughter. The hero wields a legendary whip called “Vampire Killer” and sets out to fight Count Dracula and his agents of evil to free Wallachia of his terror.
What lies ahead for the show in season 4?
The show’s fourth season renewal was announced by Netflix’s anime focused twitter page in a series of posts which contained clips from the fourth season.
As for its release date, it does not look like season 4 of ‘Castlevania’ will arrive anytime before the second half of 2021.
Let us know what your views on the show are. Will you continue to watch the show despite the accusations against the creator?