David Boreanaz fully supports the upcoming Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot, even if it means that his iconic role would be recast. Boreanaz portrayed Buffy’s love interest, Angel, for the show’s first three seasons. Following that, the vampire with a soul got his own spinoff, which was on the air for five years.
Back in July, it was announced that there was a reboot of Buffy in the works, which is set to feature a black actress in the lead role. Joss Whedon is on board as an executive producer and Monica Owusu-Breen will serve as showrunner for the new series, which is still in the very early stages of development. The two had previously worked together on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Following very mixed reactions from fans, Owusu-Breen quickly announced that the reboot will boast a brand new cast of characters, perhaps acting as more of a revival.
Speaking on a panel at New York Comic Con, Boreanaz made the following statement after fans booed the project:
“Come on, guys, it’s a good thing. Let’s just embrace [it]. I’m very happy for them. They want to embrace a new generation, something new. … Everybody wants old, they want to go back, which I can understand. You want to see us back in these roles. It’s great, it’s cool, [but] things move on, stories evolve, times change. I think it’s a great opportunity for a reboot like this to show where we are with society now, what you can do with technology. How you can explore those relationships with the same kinds of metaphors. I’m all for it. I think it’s fantastic. Good for them. I hope that it becomes huge and successful, and does what it does.”
Boreanaz even went a step further, saying that anyone recast in the role of Angel has his blessing. He stated, “If someone can step in my shoes and play my character, f–k, go ahead! I think that’s great, because I ain’t putting on that makeup anymore!” The SEAL Team actor likely has nothing to worry about, since the project is set to focus on different characters.
Rumors of a reboot or revival of Buffy have been swirling for years, with FOX saying that it all came down to what Whedon wanted to do. Before the official announcement, former Big Bad Glory, Clare Kramer, stated that no one wants a reboot of the series. Since the news broke, however, both Alyson Hannigan and James Marsters have voiced their support of the project. Marsters even expressed an interest in returning in some capacity, although he did acknowledge the obvious difficulties of reprising the role of Spike, who doesn’t age. It may, indeed, be time for a new take, but Buffy has more than once taught viewers that just because something can be resurrected doesn’t mean that it should be.
It’s understandable that many fans are skeptical of the project. Over 20 years after it began airing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer remains both groundbreaking and influential. The show not only introduced the world to “Buffy speak”, but also popularized the use of serialized storytelling and introduced fans to an incredibly important fictional feminist icon. Taking the concept that high school is Hell quite literally, Whedon and his amazing team of writers created a truly unique series that continues to resonate with viewers of all ages. It may have been a genre show, but in many ways, Buffy transcended genre. Even all these years later, the series retains an extremely loyal fan base, many of whom feel that the story ended perfectly back in 2003.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer has continued canonically in comic form form since 2007. The series just wrapped its 12th and final season for Dark Horse Comics before the property moves to its new home, Boom! Studios. Between that and the reboot, the Buffyverse appears to be in a for a lot of changes. While many fans remain less than thrilled about this prospect, most were pleased by the news that this new incarnation of Buffy won’t be trying to replace their favorite characters. Whether Buffy the Vampire Slayer returns as a reboot or a revival, most fans will likely tune in, regardless of their initial reactions to the news of its existence.