Yesterday we got the news that Warner Bros. is rebooting the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" franchise with a new film.... but without the involvement of creator Joss Whedon, and presumably without "Buffy" film star Kristy Swanson and TV series headliner Sarah Michelle Gellar. We asked in a poll who you guys thought should play the titular vampire waster in the reboot, and so far you've almost unanimously endorsed Gellar's return to the title role. But if Whedon's sarcastic response to the reboot is any indication, that is not going to be happening any time soon.
"I'm glad you asked for my thoughts on the announcement of Buffy the cinema film," Whedon wrote in an email to E! Online. "This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths — just because they can't think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself."
Whedon was, of course, poking a bit of fun at himself here: He's writing and directing the ensemble superhero flick "The Avengers," based on a Marvel comic-book franchise he had no part in creating. So at least he has a sense of humor about his absence from the reboot.
After discussing how he was not informed of anything in the "Buffy" film process (but will be happy to collect the residuals), Whedon quipped, "But seriously, are vampires even popular any more?"
He continued, "I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, AFTER. I don't love the idea of my creation in other hands, but I'm also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was. And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly. I can't wish people who are passionate about my little myth ill.
"I can, however, take this time to announce that I'm making a Batman movie," he continued, offering a wry nod to "The Dark Knight" producer Charles Roven, who's also producing the "Buffy" reboot. "Because there's a franchise that truly needs updating. So look for 'The Dark Knight Rises Way Earlier Than That Other One And Also More Cheaply And In Toronto,' rebooting into a theater near you."
And the he humorously signed off: "Leave me to my pain! Sincerely, Joss Whedon."
Honestly, I think those words speak for themselves and somehow do prepare us a little better for whatever the reboot throws at us. But we want to know what you think: Are you still excited for a Whedon-less "Buffy" reboot? And were Whedon's comments appropriately funny or too bitter? Vote in our poll or let us know in the comments!