Warner Bros. have officially greenlit a reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yep, we’ll be seeing a new live-action incarnation of Buffy some time in the (near) future.
As a long time, die-hard Buffy fan, this hasn’t shocked me to my core as much as it has the rest of the Buffy fandom. This could be down to a few factors. The major one being that, in my eyes, Joss Whedon isn’t quite the ‘God’ he used to be in my eyes. Why? A couple of things.
Dollhouse. Joss’ most recent flop. I tried to watch the show but I just couldn’t get into it at all. The characters were flat. The leading actress couldn’t hold the show together and the concept wasn’t exactly something TV was crying out for. Dollhouse just failed for me.
The second thing – Buffy Season 8 Comics. I gave them a go. I read more than I think I should have. The characters weren’t who I remembered. They were shoe horning as many old villains and characters as possible, instead of creating some great new characters. All to placate long time fans. I guess it worked for some fans. Not this one.
Not all reboots are bad. Batman reboot has been the best thing to happen to that franchise. The new Spider-Man reboot looks to be a good thing too. I understand that the main problem will be the lack of involvement from Joss Whedon, but I’m intrigued to see what Buffy could look like with a fresh pair of eyes. Those of Whit Anderson. (Erm, who?)
So, I’m going into this reboot with an open mind. It could be good. It could be horrendous. Anything’s better than those season 8 comics.