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Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator would make Willow bisexual in modern-day remake after being persuaded against it: ‘We’re not ready for that’

Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon has admitted that, given the chance to mount a modern-day remake of the show, he would make the character Willow (Alyson Hannigan) bisexual.

Willow was an integral part of Buffy’s (Sarah Michelle Gellar) Scooby Gang, and was part of a landmark episode during the show’s fourth season when she fell in love with Tara (Amber Benson), who became her girlfriend.

From that point on, Willow would identify as gay, despite being attracted to males in the first three seasons of the show.

Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, Joss says that some of the confusion regarding Willow’s sexuality would be cleared up today, since he was pressured to not make the character, over fears her same-sex attractions would feel like a ‘phase.’

‘There are you things you can’t do, thanks to [the society at the time],’

the Marvel director explained.

‘It [was] like, “OK, you can’t make Willow bi, you can’t say this is a phase, because that’s what people do to deny their existence.”‘

Joss continued:

‘So, if I did it now, I’d be like yes she can be bi. Because some people are! But back then it was like, no…we’re not ready for that.’

Willow actress Alyson also recently opened up about her audition for her star-making role, where she accidentally walked into a door.

We are, of course, living in unprecedented times right now – and Buffy herself Sarah Michelle Gellar has even told fans to ‘beep her’ since, you know, that the apocalypse is coming.

Article Source: Metro.co.uk

James Marsters & Amber Benson ‘Hopeful’ For A New Buffy the Vampire Slayer For A New Generation

The original cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer admitted that they are excited at the possibility of a new version of the show in an online Q&A hosted by Wizard World.

During the convention company’s online Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel event on Saturday, which featured cast members James Marsters, Amber Benson, Clare Kramer, Elisabeth Röhm, and Camden Toy, Marsters, who played the vampire Spike on both Buffy and its spinoff Angel, reiterated his opinion that he’s “very hopeful” for “a new Slayer for a new generation,” and said that his understanding is that although it’s not on the fast track for production (though, to be fair, nothing is these days), it’s still going forward.

Announced in 2018, the new series, created by showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen with original Buffy creator Joss Whedon attached as an executive producer, would focus on a Slayer played by a woman of color. Owusu-Breen has stated that the show wouldn’t necessarily be a new take on Buffy Summers, but would instead focus on a “new Slayer,” thereby maintaining continuity with the original series.

“I think the showrunner is a really accomplished television producer who said that Buffy was her Star Wars, that’s what she grew up on and it convinced her to start storytelling,” Marsters said. “And I still think that’s going. I think Joss is connected to it. So I’m very hopeful for that, I can’t wait to see that.”

And since the idea is for it to still take place in the original Buffyverse, Marsters added that he’d be more than happy to make an appearance on the show.

“I think they can have Spike guest-star on that,” he said. “Old Spike could come in … (adopts voice and affectation of an elderly British man who no longer has teeth) ‘Hello! How you all doing? You want some training?'”

Amber Benson, who played Tara on the series, also expressed her enthusiasm for a new Buffy for a new generation. “I think it’d be amazing to have a reboot where we have a very diverse cast, because I feel like that was one thing that we were sorely lacking on the show,” she said. “And if we have a woman of color who’s going to show-run it and we’re going to have a woman of color who’s going to be the lead, I think it represents our world, and I think that’s the beauty of Buffy, is that it can speak of the time of where it’s being created, and I’m really hopeful that they actually make it.”

Marsters agreed. “I used to ask people on the set, ‘Where is Sunnydale? Near Johannesburg?’ But it was ‘90s television, and everything was right near Johannesburg,” he joked.

Benson was also asked about her character’s relationship with Willow, played by Alyson Hannigan. She explained that neither she nor Hannigan knew “at first that that was where the characters were going to come together.” As far as she knew, she was just on board to play Willow’s new friend in a couple of episodes. But people would go up to her afterward and say, “’Wow, you guys have great chemistry!’”

So creator Joss Whedon then pulled Benson aside and said: “’So, that great chemistry? You’re actually going to be taking that to the next level.’”

“I don’t think we realized the impact that that would have,” Benson said. “That we were like the first real long-term lesbian relationship on network television and that it would change things. I know that Aly and I both feel so honored and blessed that we got to be a part of that.”

The entire Q&A is available HERE.

Article Source: SYFY Wire