David Boreanaz Has Surprising Thoughts About The Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reboot Backlash

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David Boreanaz was an integral part of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show, even going on to star in his own spinoff series -- Angel. A reboot of the firstly-mentioned cult favorite was announced a few months back. So, how does the actor feel about it? At New York Comic Con, the conversation shifted to the upcoming series, and Boreanaz opened up about his thoughts regarding it amid the backlash from diehard original Buffy fans. Boreanaz said:

Come on, guys. It's a good thing. Let's just embrace [it]. I'm very happy for them. They want to embrace a new generation, something new. Everybody wants old, they want to go back. Which I can understand: you want to see us back in these roles. It's great, it's cool [but] things move on, stories evolve, times change. I think it's a great opportunity for a reboot like this to show where we are with society now, what you can do with technology. How you can explore those relationships with the same kinds of metaphors. I'm all for it. I think it's fantastic. Good for them. I hope that it becomes huge and successful, and does what it does.

David Boreanaz's positive response regarding the reboot came after those attending the panel audibly booed as the reboot was mentioned at New York Comic Con (via THR). Whether his reaction was enough to help sway the crowd is unclear. Based on his statement, he seems aware that fans want to see he and his cast members reprise their roles in a revival of the series. He also points out the advantages of the reboot, while wishing the new crew well.

David Boreanaz joins Buffy the Vampire Slayer's former showrunner Marti Noxon in expressing positive feelings towards the reboot. Original Buffy star Alyson Hannigan expressed similar optimism while pointing out the importance of having the series' creator, Joss Whedon, involved in some capacity. Boreanaz's positive response to the reboot continued with him vocalizing his support of the project as a whole and another potential aspect of it. At the same time, Boreanaz shared that he is proud of the original, saying:

You have to realize, we started it. We're proud of that. If someone can step in my shoes and play my character, fuck, go ahead! I think that's great, because I ain't putting on that makeup anymore!

There you have it. David Boreanaz is fully behind the reboot and entirely supportive of another actor taking on the role of Angel. He also sounds excited for fans of the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer to be getting the opportunity to revisit the world of the original in a fresh way. That there is still strong enough interest in rebooting the property is a testament to what the original series was able to create with fans.

Given that David Boreanaz is so excited about the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot, it stands to reason that he could be on-board with making a guest appearance on the series. Perhaps, as a different character that wouldn't require an intensive makeup process? When it comes to Boreanaz's co-star James Marsters, the actor has not hidden that he would love to reprise his role as Spike. Things are still in the early stages of the reboot. For instance, a network or streamer has not signed on for it yet.

As things get further along in the process, that should only be a matter of time. Whether the series will be a full-blown reboot of the original series with a new Buffy, Angel, and Spike, among others, is another thing that is not entirely clear at this point. The new show can count at least David Boreanaz as being in its corner. Fans will have to stay tuned for the latest as the reboot gets further along. In the meantime, there are lots of new shows premiering this fall.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.