Those of you who feared the Buffy reboot would be resetting the entire community of Sunnydale (and the world beyond) can breathe a bit easier. When creator Joss Whedon announced the reboot was finally a thing during Comic-Con, all he said was that it would be “a new Buffy” who belonged to another race. Perhaps he should have clarified “a new Slayer.”
Showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen felt the need to elaborate on Joss’s words, and today she posted this tweet, with a message that was part-poem:
For some genre writers it’s Star Wars.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my Star Wars.
Before I became a writer, I was a fan. For seven seasons, I watched Buffy Summers grow up, find love, kill that love. I watched her fight, and struggle and slay.
There is only one Buffy. One Xander, one Willow, Giles, Cordelia, Oz, Tara, Kendra, Faith, Spike, Angel… They can’t be replaced. Joss Whedon’s brilliant and beautiful series can’t be replicated. I wouldn’t try to.
But here we are, twenty years later…
And the world seems a lot scarier.
So maybe, it could be time to meet a new Slayer…
And that’s all I can say.
So there you have it. The new series will actually be set twenty years after the original, and it won’t be erasing everything that’s happened before. This, however, introduces a new question….what’s going to be the name of this show?
Not only is it improbable that two Slayers were born twenty years apart with the same name….have you ever met an African-American woman named “Buffy”? Neither have I. But the “Buffy” name is so iconic that it’s what the series’ name is often shortened to. If it goes by any other name, how will some people find it?
Quite a lot to think about here, but it’s unlikely this show is going to start airing next week. It hasn’t even found a platform to air on yet. Answers will come, slowly but surely….