Joss Whedon spoke out about the upcoming Buffy reboot that, yes, he has nothing to do with. It’s a tough spot for Buffy fans, and Whedon’s classy — and sassy! — statement to E! reminds why we love him so:
This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths — just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.
Obviously I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this. … I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, AFTER. I don’t love the idea of my creation in other hands, but I’m also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was. And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly. I can’t wish people who are passionate about my little myth ill. I can, however, take this time to announce that I’m making a Batman movie. Because there’s a franchise that truly needs updating. So look for The Dark Knight Rises Way Earlier Than That Other One And Also More Cheaply And In Toronto, rebooting into a theater near you.
Leave me to my pain! Sincerely, Joss Whedon. [read the full statement]
The fact that Whedon is working on the Avengers (and that he makes a Batman joke) raises an interesting question: Is the Buffy myth established enough for another writer to successfully take over the franchise, like what happens with comic books? Could Buffy have the kind of legacy that, say, Superman has, where different writers put their spin on the character at various points in cultural history? Could there be a Buffy canon wide enough to include multiple movies and TV shows, like Batman? Or is Whedon’s point of view with the character too uniquely his to make a sprawling franchise work?
What do you think, PopWatchers? Joss 4 Life? Or is there room in your un-staked heart for another Buffy?