The Whedonverse in Comics, Film and TV (

By:Kurt Anthony Krug
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009

You’re hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth.

Joss Whedon, creator of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', stated that there will be no movie version with the cast of the cult favorite TV series that ran from 1997-2003 – first on The WB and then UPN – where Sarah Michelle Gellar played the titular character. The series spun off from the ill-received 1992 movie of the same name, starring Kristy Swanson as Buffy.

“There is not going to be one,” Whedon said bluntly during a conference call, where he promoted his latest TV series, 'Dollhouse'. “I think that’s pretty much it. Nobody has ever broached the subject from the studio side. I think everybody is busy working, so I think that it probably won’t happen. That’s my guess.”

When asked to clarify “guess,” Whedon quipped, “What am I, in charge? I never know. The landscape changes constantly, but until somebody who has millions and billions of dollars asks me that question, the answer is pretty much the same.”

One place fans will find Buffy and her cast is in currently-running monthly comics series from Dark Horse and along with Angel comics from IDW Publishing. Currently, a canonical Season 8 is being chronicled in Buffy and a canonical Season 6 is being chronicled in Angel. There also are plans underway for another Serenity mini-series at Dark Horse, based on his 2005 feature film of the same name and the short-lived 2002 FOX TV series Firefly.

Buffy Season 8 #1

“We definitely have a [Buffy] Season 9 in mind. We’re slogging our way through Season 8. We’ve talked about doing more Serenity comics, and we’ve even talked to Dark Horse about a potential for some [Cabin in the Woods] tie-ins.”

'Cabin in the Woods' is Whedon's current feature film project.

“Ultimately, it’s my take on the classic horror movie, which means that it is a classic horror movie, but we also have something specific to say about it, and we have a different way of saying it than we’ve seen before,” he said. “I think after it, everyone will love it so much that there will be no more need for movies. That’s how it’s going to be.”

Getting back to comics, Whedon said fans shouldn't expect the new TV series to be carried into the four-color realm.

"'Dollhouse' is very simply the least visually oriented of all of these in a genre way, and therefore, lends itself the least to being a comic, but comics are in my blood as much as any other medium,” explained Whedon during a conference call, where he promoted Dollhouse, which airs Friday nights on FOX.

Joss Whedon (L) directs Eliza Dushku (R) on the set during production. Cr: Greg Gayne/FOX

He continued, “The science fiction of this is much more fiction than science. Ultimately, its actors acting differently, which is not something you need to see drawn. There is however, a CSI comic book, so I guess everything could be a comic book, but I don’t feel it lends itself in the same way that my other fictions have.”

He would also like to return to Dr. Horrible, referring to the titular character of 'Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog', the Internet musical that appeared last summer in three installments. Along with brothers Zack and Jed, and Maurissa Tancharoen, Whedon wrote the musical during last year’s writers strike. It starred Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Whedon alumni Nathan Fillion (Serenity) and Felicia Day (Buffy).

“We’re working on the works,” he said. “That’s another case of everybody being very busy, but we are definitely committed to the idea of Dr. Horrible reappearing somehow.”

And returning to the subject of 'Buffy' one more time, actress Juliet Landau may not be reprising her role as Drusilla – the insane vampire who had a strong supporting role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel – any time soon, but she’s doing the next best thing.

It was announced at the New York Comic Con that Landau and Brian Lynch – who co-writes IDW Publishing’s Angel: After the Fall with franchise godfather Joss Whedon – will be co-writing a 2-issue Drusilla mini-series, also published by IDW.

“I am excited about the Drusilla comic,” said Landau, who has branched out into writing and directing in addition to acting. “I wrote a first draft of it in Final Draft and both Brian Lynch and Chris Ryall loved the ideas, so I am excited to get to work! Brian and I will be co-writing (the mini-series).”

Buffy: Spike & Dru #1

Details are sketchy, nor is a release date available, but it’s been stated at the NYCC’s IDW panel that Drusilla meets up with her former undead paramour Spike (played in the series by James Marsters), whom she last saw in present continuity (Landau subsequently reprised her role as Drusilla in flashbacks and when the First Evil assumed Dru’s appearance in the 7th season of Buffy) in the 5th season Buffy episode, “The Crush.”

Asked what she believed happened to Drusilla after that episode, Landau stated, “I think Drusilla traveled the world. I always hold out hope in my heart that Drusilla and Spike will one day reunite.”

Landau would reprise her role as Drusilla if the opportunity presented itself.

“I would definitely. Why not? It's fun,” she said. “I don't mind [being remembered as Drusilla] at all because I loved the role and people responded so positively to the character - it's wonderful.”

Series: Dollhouse