Loeb Spills News, Not Blood,
About Buffy The Animated Series...
Two weeks back, the news started leaking that something
was happening with the animated version of Buffy. A couple
of years ago, some work had been done on the concept, with
Jeph Loeb, now supervising producer on Smallville and writer
of DC's Superman/Batman, in charge.
early take on the animated Buffy.
the powers that be killed it, word got out revealing that
Eric Radomski, of Batman: The Animated Series and Spawn,
had been working on the show. Designs by a guy named Eric
Wight spread across the web, and it's his work that
we're liberally borrowing to illustrate this piece.
why not? In an almost unheard of but definitely serendipitous
event, the creative team has been reassembled. We'll let
Loeb explain why.
took a while for Jeph to get back to us beyond a brief confirmation.
Evidently Smallville had started back up just as this story
broke, so finding time for a Q & A became a tricky task.
last we got the time. And so, here's what Jeph Loeb can
tell us without calling down the wrath of The Master...in
this case, Joss Whedon. Sshhhh...
Planet: When did this series get resurrected? Do
you have a network interested? Is there a target date?
Loeb: Like all great Buffy stories, this has to
do with resurrection. We needed someone to pull the stake
out of our show so we could live again. Fox Television did
that and we're very grateful. As to when it appear and where,
we're keeping that under wraps right now!
Planet: How much of your original team is back
on, or are you still working on that?
Loeb: Everyone came back. It really is wonderful
material and we wanted to see it through.
Fanboy Planet: It's been a couple of years,
you'd moved on to Smallville. What was your initial
reaction when Joss Whedon called?
and Dawn Summers...
It's Buffy Hypertime!
Loeb: Actually, it was Chris Buchanan, who runs
Mutant Enemy (Joss Whedon's production company -- but
you knew that), who called. We just laughed. It had
been so long and there had been so many false starts we
just agreed that when it was actually animated THEN we'd
and I didn't see each other until the first recording session.
It was like we'd been time warped -- two years later and
here we were again!
Planet: Are you going to try to juggle work on
both shows, or do you leave Young Superman (as
our Japanese readers call it) behind?
Loeb: No, I'm starting the fourth season of Smallville
as the Supervising Producer.
Most of what I had to do on Buffy Animated was
completed before I left. I had
spent a year and a half getting her ready -- she just needed
to give birth!
Planet: What's the take? Is this still a sort of
retelling of the missing moments from their high school
days, or will this be post-Angel?
Loeb: It's all Buffy Year One.
the fans, we've always seen it as Episode 7.5. Buffy has
met Angel. He's this brooding dark romantic character. She
doesn't know yet about Angelus or any of that stuff. It's
quite a lot of fun being able to tell stories that you know
what will happen in the years to come!
brooding, just heart-throbbing.
Fanboy Planet: How much of the original
cast will you have -- and are there any cool new talents
Loeb: Some of that we're still keeping as surprises.
Alyson (Willow), Nicholas (Xander) and Tony (Giles) have
all taken part -- that much we'll say.
Planet: Is there anything you're allowed to tell
me that I can't think of right now?
Loeb: Well, that would be telling now, wouldn't
it? All we can say is that there will be more announcements
throughout the summer!
for the time and keep watching for more news!
there you have it. What can be known at this time. What
Jeph didn't mention, but we can still safely extrapolate,
is that this Year One includes Dawn, as of course, her very
existence must have caused major retroactive continuity
in Buffy's life.
excited. 2004 looked bad for Whedon fans with the ending
of Angel. But now we've got a hot comic series (Astonishing
X-Men), a movie in production (Serenity -- the big-screen
version of Firefly) and now ...cartoons. You gotta love
about those Spike TV movies and Ripper...
fans...check out The
Angel Awards, a retrospective of the best and
worst of the the WB series...
08/06/08 -- It's not hard to find people who would be very excited to see this preview! After years
of waiting, you can watch the test film here...