There's been a great disturbance in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer force lately, and fans of the '90s cult hit TV show are NOT pleased.
Buffy, as you may be intimately aware of depending on your level of slavish devotion to All Things Whedon, is a TV series that aired from 1997 to 2003. Created by writer-director Joss Whedon, the story followed a character played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, who was the latest in a long line of young women chosen by fate to battle vampires, demons, and other assorted supernatural bad guys.
The popularity and influence of Buffy have been far-reaching, and its fan base is what you might call, ah, "enthusiastic."
So how are people reacting to the news that there's a new Buffy movie in the works from Warner Bros. ... without its venerable creator at the helm? Not well, as you might expect.
Pink is the New Blog wrote what many fans are saying:
While I completely understand the need to move forward on a project that the powers that be believe will be a profitable venture, I can honestly say that I personally have ZERO interest in anything having to do with it. I don’t need a new Buffy. I don’t want a new Buffy. Without Joss Whedon's involvement, this new Buffy will NEVER be Buffy. I normally LOVE reboots and retellings of stories in new, inventive ways … but this feels so wrong. Without Joss, I’m just not interested.
As for Whedon himself, he addressed the issue with his signature humor:
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, 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.
Will you be checking out the new Buffy movie when it hits theaters? Or staging a protest?
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