While a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot is imminent, there’s another member of the Buffyverse that has an anniversary coming up. Angel, which followed Buffy’s brooding vampire ex to Los Angeles is coming up on 20 years, and star David Boreanaz is hinting at an anniversary celebration.
“We’re coming up on our 20 years. That’s amazing to have been blessed with a show like that,” Boreanaz said during an appearance on The Talk. “That’s really where I started my gig in this acting world. I love that character. So I will say there may be something coming up. I don’t want to give away a lot. It’s 20 years coming up this fall, and we may have something in the works.”
This comes after last year’s news of a Buffy TV reboot, alongside a revival of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book series published by BOOM! Studios. Despite the comics being a modern update of Buffy’s first season stories, Angel is notably absent from the title so far. In response to negative fan reaction to the idea of a Buffy reboot, Boreanaz was very vocal in his support.
“Everybody wants old, they want to go back, which I can understand. You want to see us back in these roles,” he said during a New York Comic Con panel. “It’s great, it’s cool, things move on, stories evolve, times change. I think it’s a great opportunity for a reboot like this to show where we are with society now, what you can do with technology… I’m all for it.”
Angel debuted in 1999 on what was then The WB. Relocating Angel to Los Angeles along with Buffy characters Cordelia Chase and Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, the series catered to the now older Buffy audience with darker storylines and more adult themes. A major driving plotline was Angel’s quest for redemption and the nature of his restored soul, but the series often grappled with concepts of identity and the inherently evil nature of its characters. Angel and his allies were always on the cusp of crossing the line, and many stories centered around finding their way back afterward.
The series would rebound from low ratings with an acclaimed fifth season in 2004 but was ultimately canceled. Many factors were cited for the cancellation, but it was mainly attributed to stagnant ratings and the success of Smallville, leading the network to re-evaluate its programming strategy. The series finale's cliffhanger was resolved in a series of comics from IDW Publishing and Dark Horse, but those lines ended when the Buffy rights were picked up by BOOM! Studios in 2018.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4, published by BOOM! Studios and by Jordie Bellaire, Dan Mora and Matt Taylor, hits shelves April 17, 2019. The complete television runs of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel are currently available to stream on Hulu and Facebook Watch.