James Marsters, who played the villainous-turned-heroic vampire Spike on six seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and one season of its spinoff Angel, has weighed in on the upcoming new Buffy series, and his feelings are surprisingly uncomplicated.
The new series, announced back in July, will be created by showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen, and will focus on a Slayer played by a woman of color. Original Buffy creator Joss Whedon is on board as an executive producer, and while that news was reassuring to many, fans of classic Buffy were initially very nervous about the idea of someone rebooting their hero. Those anxieties led Owusu-Breen to clarify that the show will not necessarily be a new take on Buffy Summers, but will instead focus on a "new Slayer," perhaps even one who emerges from the same universe that Buffy walked into more than two decades ago.
Since then, it seems that everyone anyone who was involved with the original Buffyverse is interviewed for anything, they're asked to weigh in on the reboot, from stars David Boreanaz and Alyson Hannigan to writer Marti Noxon. This week it was Marsters' turn. Speaking to TV Guide while promoting the Hulu series Runaways, Marsters gave the new series his blessing, with the caveat that it continues to focus on one of Buffy's most potent themes.
"I like the idea of making a new slayer in that universe that's not Buffy, whole new deal," he said. "I think Joss [Whedon] being involved means it's going to be good... But I'm very happy that that theme of "don't give up" [which] basically is, I think, the theme of the show at the end of the day, I'm glad for that theme to keep getting played."
Marsters' remarks echo what's become a common sentiment among Buffy alums when discussing Owusu-Breen series: That if Whedon has leant his name to the show, it's going to be OK. While it's certainly too soon to know for sure at this point, Whedon's involvement with the show is good news, as is the news that Fox is willing to take its time with development on the show. Hopefully with time and patience, this show can grow into something special, and it sounds like Marsters will be ready to watch when it is.