David Boreanaz Dismisses 'Buffy' Reboot Backlash: "I Hope It Becomes Huge and Successful"

"I think it’s a great opportunity for a reboot like this to show where we are with society now," the actor said Thursday at New York Comic Con.
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The potential upcoming Buffy the Vampire Slayer inclusive reboot has one high-profile supporter: David Boreanaz.

The actor, who portrayed vampire with a soul Angel on the original WB Network/UPN series and its spinoff Angel, was discussing his 21 consecutive years of television work at a New York Comic Con panel Thursday when the new show (which Buffy creator Joss Whedon is working on with writer Monica Owusu-Breen) was brought up. The question was met with an audible round of boos from the packed ballroom.

Boreanaz quickly shut down the negative reaction with a firm, “Come on, guys.” When a few fans voiced concerns from the audience, he doubled down on his support. “It’s a good thing. Let’s just embrace [it],” he said. “I’m very happy for them. They want to embrace a new generation, something new.”

“Everybody wants old, they want to go back,” he continued. “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.”

But Boreanaz was also clear that his mindset wasn’t coming from a place of apathy. “You have to realize, we started it,” he said of the television franchise. (The Buffy world also consists of a film that predated the show by five years, and multiple comic series.) “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!”

Though details about the reboot are scarce, Owusu-Breen previously indicated the characters from the original series “can't be replaced” and the “brilliant and beautiful series can’t be replicated.” Owusu-Breen previously worked with Whedon on ABC's Marvel drama Agents of SHIELD. The reboot, which does not yet have a network attached, will feature a black actress stepping into the role of Buffy (memorably played by fan favorite Sarah Michelle Gellar). The drama, which is currently being shopped to networks, has been described as a contemporary take on the original and plans to build on the show's mythology. Like today's world, the new Buffy will be richly diverse, with some aspects of the series — as in the original — seen as metaphors for issues facing society.

As for Boreanaz, the actor is busy with CBS’ SEAL Team. “I consider these guys true superheroes,” he noted, teasing the first five episodes of the season are particularly emotional for his character, Jason Hayes. “It’s a fascinating journey I’m on with this show.”

SEAL Team continues Boreanaz's two-decade-long hot streak, with back-to-back starring roles in long-running series starting with Buffy, Angel, Bones and now CBS sophomore entry SEAL Team.