For those seeking some '90s/'00s nostalgia, what better time is there to be alive? Reunion shows like Gilmore Girls, 24, and the upcoming Prison Break hark back to a time before Kanye ruled the world, avocados didn't cost $10, and Hilary Duff was still doing that awkward Disney swish. However, while Kenan and Kel tease they could once again flip burgers for Good Burger 2, one reunion that definitely won't be happening involves the not-so-sunny town of Sunnydale. Vampire romp Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2.0 looks even less-likely to happen if the latest alumni interview is anything to go by.
Bones star David Boreanaz has stuck a stake through the heart of a possible #Buffy reunion — well, at least for our titular tearaway and her undead boyfriend Angel. Speaking to Parade, the 47-year-old told us exactly why he would never return to Joss Whedon's fanged feature:
“No, never; that's done, see ya, next. I have no problem with the cult audience, and I would totally get back into the genre, but I'm not a big reunion guy. I tend to like to go forward. I don't like to go backward---except when I've got ice skates on my feet and I'm playing hockey.”
Dead And Buried
Whedon certainly has a knack for long-lasting shows, because alongside the likes of his other creation Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the most requested revival shows out there. Although the story continued into official canon with Season 8 and beyond in Dark Horse's #comicbook, the show has remained in that giant Sunnydale-shaped crater in the ground. Stars like Boreanaz, Alyson Hannigan, and Eliza Dushku have all gone on to bigger things, but with David's detective show Bones coming to an end later this year and Buffy celebrating her 20th anniversary, now seemed like the perfect time for Angel to take a visit to the blood bank.
Admittedly, you could easily have Buffy without Angel — he survived on his own spin-off show for five years — but it seems that the rest of the Scooby Gang aren't so keen on reopening the Hellmouth either. Whedon said he was approached as early as 2010 by those who held the rights to Buffy, but turned down an undisclosed part in a possible big-screen project for other opportunities, presumably that teensy little project called The Avengers. Whedon has stayed on board for the Buffy comics (currently on Season 11), but a live-action return looks increasingly unlikely.
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Are Whe'don Yet?
So, no Angel, no Whedon, who's next? Well, perhaps the biggest stumbling block is the lack of the leading lady herself. #SarahMichelleGellar has spoken numerous times about how she doesn't want to practice acrobatics again at the age of 39, most recently earlier this year, citing that Buffy has moved on and we probably should too:
"I have always believed that what was so unique about the show was the use of horrors of those formative years...With high school and college as a backdrop, we were able to address racism, identity, bullying, guilt, death, first love and heartbreak using the demons as metaphors for the demons we all experience. I am not sure how that translates into adulthood, although I am sure it could. The burden of saving the world a lot always weighed heavily on her, so for her sake, I hope she is somewhere on a beautiful beach located far away from any Hellmouth."
While it is hard to imagine Buffy sipping Bloody Marys somewhere, Gellar's comments do kind of make sense. Buffy the Vampire Slayer had all the romance and problems of your typical angsty teen drama, then shot them with a crossbow, for something that was a well-timed look at teens in a similar vein to the Scream films. The whole show was a perfect nugget of the era, and Buffy was effectively like a #horror-based Dawson's Creek, which you don't exactly see anyone asking for a reunion of, do you?
Boreanaz we can handle, but with no Whedon or Buffy, it is just [BLANK] the Vampire Slayer. With rumors of a possible big-screen adaptation of the story being buried since 2011, and the show's dusty DVDs always worth a rewatch, it looks like for now, we are stuck reading the comics to see where the Gellarverse of Buffy the Vampire Slayer went next!
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