He may be breaking the box office as Marvel's golden boy with The Avengers now, but it wasn't too long ago that Joss Whedon was best known for the quirky little TV show that put him on the map. So what's his biggest regret from Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
Not surprisingly, it's that the franchise had to die at all. No, not the original series, which ran its course and went out with a bang after seven seasons. Whedon's talking about the ill-fated animated series, which would have followed the Scooby Gang during some early adventures from back in the high school days.
The project generated a lot of buzz with fans, and was being written by Whedon and some of the writers from the original series. The only problem? They couldn't get a network to produce the show. Despite the fact that he's the biggest director on the planet right now, the animated failure remains a sore spot for Whedon.
He told Assignment X:
"We got to do almost everything we wanted to do. The only thing we didn't get to do is an animated version, which was a delight for us because the writers themselves were working on it. We wrote seven scripts ... it was 'what could we not do [on the regular series].' They were really fun to write. We could not sell the show. We could not sell an animated Buffy, which I still find incomprehensible."Though the series never made it to air, a promo concept clip did eventually leak out, which you can watch below:
It's odd that no network would even take a chance on a Buffy animated series, especially considering the "brand" the series has developed as a cult fave. If it'd just come about a few years later, Whedon might've been able to develop it as an online series, a la Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. But alas, it wasn't meant to be.
Would you have watched a Buffy animated series?
(Via Assignment X)