As far as fandoms go, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has one of the biggest and most dedicated out there. Despite the show having ended years ago, the characters continue their adventures in both novels and comic books read by thousands; it’s not the same kind of numbers you’d see for the show, but they’ve definitely had a more-than-respectable readership. And in light of this success, it’s no surprise that there’s a new animated series on its way from Joss Whedon and the gang! But what is a shocker is the additional news that a Whedon-free film reboot is being planned to start the franchise all over again.
Yep, that’s right. Forget everything you knew about Buffy–even the fact that the TV series was itself a reboot of the film of the same name. Though the new slayer hasn’t yet been named, plans have been made and the wheels are in motion for a complete do-over and, naturally, the fans are outraged. Personally, I think it’s a little ridiculous to try to remake a remake that has achieved such massive success, but where there’s money, the Hollywood types will go and I guess we’ll all just have to see how it all pans out. As for what Whedon says about the whole thing? Entertainment Weekly got his succinct reaction: “I hope it’s cool”.
But brighter news comes from the Whedon Buffyverse camp! Remember those Watchmen motion comics? Not quite a cartoon, but not static? Buffy the Vampire Slayer is getting the same treatment. There might be collaboration with the original cast, but even if there isn’t, the fact that this is based on Whedon’s story direction points to a winner on all fronts.
Of course, for hard-core fans, we’ve got something a little less news-y and a little more tangibly awesome in the form of action figures and plush toys from Buffy and Angel. Check out the Buffy the Vampire Slayer section over at our online store for a look at some of the amazing items we’ve got in-stock. Or take a look at just a few examples right here!