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Warrior Nun Fans Feeling Betrayed By Truth About Show Being 'Saved'

'Warrior Nun' Fans Feeling Betrayed By Truth About Show Being 'Saved'

Warrior Nun

The previously announced movie trilogy has a major catch, and fans are fuming.


When it was announced over the summer that the campaign to save WarriorNun had succeeded, fans were overjoyed. But a new twist has cast a shadow over their hope for the story’s future.

Warrior Nun ran for two seasons on Netflix, before facing the same sudden cancelation as so many other beloved shows with queer female leads have seen in recent years. These fans were particularly rabid with their protests, launching a #SaveWarriorNun movement that included relentless social media campaigning, billboards across the world, and so much more.

Six months after its cancelation, creator Simon Barry announced that fans’ enthusiasm had done the trick, and something new was on the way. By August, he had shared that Warrior Nun would be returning as a movie trilogy.

Most fans celebrated the news, but its vagueness gave others pause. And as it turns out, the latter were right in their hesitation to call the campaign a win.

After a mysterious countdown clock appeared on the website where the announcement of a movie trilogy had initially been shared, fans were eager to see what was going on, prompting Barry to make a shocking statement on Twitter.

“FYI — I have no idea what’s being announced tomorrow,” he wrote. “I am not part of the team producing the movies, and have no deal in place for any writing or directing services.”

Writer/producers Amy Berg and David Hayter similarly followed up to acknowledge that they aren’t currently involved in the films, either.

“I know less than you guys at this point,” Berg wrote. “For the record: I adore the show, our actors, our fans, and BFF @SimonDavisBarry. I think we’d both like to be involved but we don’t own the rights to the property. They’d have to make a deal with us.”

Adding insult to injury, the countdown clock turned out to be leading to a competition where fans have the opportunity to redesign the Halo, an important artifact to the narrative, for the films. The person who comes up with the best design gets an original signed drawing by Ben Dunn, who created the comic book character the show was based on, in exchange for the rights for it to be used or altered in anyway without actual payment.

The contest also makes it fairly clear that whatever is coming next for Warrior Nun is not directly connected to the Netflix series.

Media properties coming back in different formats and with different creative teams later on is certainly familiar, and rights issues are complicated. But the fact that whatever’s coming next seems like it was made possible because of the fan campaign to save this particular show, not something new based on the source material, has left fans understandably fuming about feeling used and deceived.

It seems unlikely there’s much hope for the version of Warrior Nun fans fell in love with at this point, but crazier resurrections have happened in the world of television before. And as dejected as this particular fandom is at the moment, they’ve also proven they’ve got the resilience and determination to keep fighting for the series, regardless of the odds. So only time will tell whether there’s more to of the story to see—but it’s painfully clear whatever is being cooked up right now won’t be getting the support of this devoted fanbase.

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.