Plans to reboot “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” aren’t exactly being met with open arms by the beloved TV series’ hardcore fans, who feel that any attempts to remake a show they consider to be perfect would, at best, fall short — and at worst would tarnish the show’s legacy.
That is not the opinion of David Boreanaz, who portrayed Angel, the vampire love interest to Sarah Michelle Gellar’s titular slayer on the show, and reprised the role for five more seasons on his spinoff “Angel”.
Speaking to fans at New York Comic Con on Monday, Boreanaz addressed the reboot onstage and was reportedly met with scattered boos.
“Come on, guys, it’s a good thing,” he told the audience, according to Deadline. “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.”
He added: “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.”
While some stars balk at younger actors cast in their iconic roles for reboots, that is not how Boreanaz rolls.
“If someone can step in my shoes and play my character, f**k, go ahead!” he declared. “I think that’s great, because I ain’t putting on that makeup anymore!”
Meanwhile, Gellar agreed with her former co-star, telling People that she also thinks the time is right for a “Buffy” reboot.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about great storytelling,” she told the magazine. “If a story lives on, then I think it should be told in any incarnation it can be told in.”
She added: “I’m with David.”