Nerd Deity Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, writer/director of The Avengers, and the forthcoming spinoff series, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. revealed to Entertainment Weekly how an often overlooked episode of BTVS provided inspiration for his new show:
This is basically a TV series of ‘The Zeppo’, which was a very deliberate deconstruction of a Buffy episode in order to star the person who mattered the least. The people who are ignored are the people I’ve been writing as my heroes from day one. There’s a world of superheroes and superstars, they’re celebrities, and that’s a complicated world — particularly complicated for people who don’t have the superpowers, the disenfranchised. Now obviously there’s going to be hijinks and hilarity and sex and gadgets and all the things that made people buy the comics. But that’s what the show really is about to me, and that’s what Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson) embodies: the Everyman.
If you’ll recall, “The Zeppo” was a rare Xander-focused episode of Buffy. As the only member of the Scooby gang without supernatural abilities, Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendon) was often relegated to the background–providing support rather than fighting on the front lines. In “The Zeppo”, while the rest of the gang was off saving the world again, Xander had to deal with a zombie infestation all on his lonesome.
Essentially, Whedon’s taking the concept of how “normal” people deal with living in a “paranormal” world, and stretching it into a series. These agents are remarkably talented, painstakingly trained, and incredibly well-equipped–but in the end, they’re just people like you and me. This gives them certain handicaps when fighting superhuman threats, of course, but it also makes them much more relatable…
And this relatability is what I believe will make Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. stand out as a series.
Apparently Xander’s “seer” ability transpired off screen to Nicolas Brendon; the man that played our silly, yet oh so lovable, Xander Harris on Buffy. Recently, Brendon commented on the forthcoming movie reboot of the show that is full speed ahead without the show’s creator Joss Whedon. Whedon is the first cast member to speak out and had this to say,
“I hope their vampires don’t glitter. … You know, listen…I think it’s a mistake, I think that it’s trying to kind of—they have to reach a whole completely new fanbase. And we already have that fanbase. So it’s going to really be hard to kind of do that. But you know, everyone: They remade The Flintstones. Twice, I think.”
Ah, it’s nice to see that Brendon still has that snarky attitude. So what do you guys think, does Brendon really see the bigger picture here or is he just ignorant to the fact that a reboot could be done well??
For the love of all that is holy, I wish this was just a rumor, but it has actually been confirmed that there will be a movie reboot of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed that they are the ones developing this reboot along with Atlas Entertainment. Charles Roven, who produced Batman Begins, is heading up the operation. So far it seems like Joss Whedon has nothing to do with the reboot and the writer of the script is Whit Anderson who is relatively unknown in the business so far.
This is what Roven had to say for himself:
“Whit approached us with an exciting idea about how to update Buffy,” said Roven. “There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character’s return to the big screen. We’re thrilled to team up with Doug and Roy on a re-imagining of Buffy and the world she inhabits. Details of the film are being kept under wraps, but I can say while this is not your high school Buffy, she’ll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be.”
As a Buffy fan I can say that yes, there is an active fan base and maybe some of us were awaiting this character’s return to big screen. Including me. BUT, we were looking forward to seeing a Buffy movie made using the television characters, as a continuation of the show to wrap things up a la Sex In The City. Not an entirely different perspective. Why change something that obviously works?
I loved the Buffy movie when it first came out. Come on, who didn’t love Paul Reubens as a cheesy vampire with the longest death scene ever? But when the show came out I was a complete convert and I watched every single episode the NIGHT it aired. (Except first season. First season kinda sucked. Pun intended.) Buffy will not be the same without her motley crew of Giles, Willow, Xander, Spike and maybe sometimes Anya. If this newbie writer plans to use those characters, they wont be the same without the actors who originally portrayed them. Can you picture ANYONE else besides Alyson Hannigan playing Willow? Please!
Anyone wanna start a petition with me? Not that it would do any good, they’ll just rape my teen years with a huge strap-on and laugh while I cry about it, I suppose. But at least so we can say we tried!?