Buffy Summers


Buffy Summers

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In 2007, Buffy's story was continued when Joss Whedon resurrected "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as a comic book. These comics differ from previous "Buffy" literature in that they are the official continuation of the television series and are considered canon. [http://www.tvguide.com/News/buffy-vampire-slayer/061207-01 TVGuide.com Q&A with Joss Whedon about Season 8] ] In "Season Eight", a retcon establishes that Buffy is not living with the Immortal in Rome as previously suggested, but is now the leader of a global organization which recruits and trains Slayers to deal with demonic threats worldwide.comic book reference|writer=Joss Whedon|penciller=Georges Jeanty|inker=Andy Owen|story=The Long Way Home|title=Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight|issue=1| date=March, 2007|publisher=Dark Horse Comics] However, a mysterious group led by the masked villain Twilight believe that the Slayers themselves are the danger, should they begin to consider themselves superior to mankind.comic book reference|writer=Joss Whedon|penciller=Georges Jeanty|inker=Andy Owen|story=A Beautiful Sunset|title=Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight|issue=11| date=February, 2008|publisher=Dark Horse Comics] In the story "Wolves at the Gate", Buffy shares a lesbian encounter with fellow Slayer Satsu;comic book reference|writer=Drew Goddard|penciller=Georges Jeanty|inker=Andy Owen|story=Wolves at the Gate|title=Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight|issue=12| date=March, 2008|publisher=Dark Horse Comics] however Satsu leaves soon after because she realizes Buffy cannot return her feelings.comic book reference|writer=Drew Goddard|penciller=Georges Jeanty|inker=Andy Owen|story=Wolves at the Gate|title=Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight|issue=15| date=June, 2008|publisher=Dark Horse Comics]

Concept and creation

The character of Buffy was conceived by Joss Whedon as a way of subverting the cliché of "the little blonde girl who goes into a dark alley and gets killed in every horror movie."citebook|last=Billson|first=Anne|authorlink=Anne Billson|title="Buffy the Vampire Slayer (BFI TV Classics S.)"|publisher=British Film Institute|year=2005|pages=24–25|isbn=1844570894.] Whedon stated that "Rhonda the Immortal Waitress" was the first incarnation of Buffy in his head, "the idea of a seemingly insignificant female who in fact turns out to be extraordinary". When asked how he came up with the name of "Buffy", Whedon states "It was the name that I could think of that I could take the least seriously. There is no way you could hear the name Buffy and think, "This is an important person." To juxtapose that with Vampire Slayer, just felt like that kind of thing—a B movie. But a B movie that had something more going on. That was my dream." Whedon claims that the title was criticized for being too silly, and that the television network begged him to change it. He refused, insisting "You don't understand. It has to be this. This is what it is."cite web|last=P.|first=Ken|url=http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/425/425492p6.html|title=An Interview with Joss Whedon|accessdate=2008-08-15|publisher=IGN] Whedon always intended for the character to become an icon, claiming "I wanted her to be a hero that existed in people's minds the way Wonder Woman or Spider-Man does, you know? I wanted her to be a doll or an action figure. I wanted Barbie with Kung Fu grip! I wanted her to enter the mass consciousness and the imaginations of growing kids because I think she's a cool character, and that was always the plan. I wanted Buffy to be a cultural phenomenon, period."cite web|url=http://www.darkhorse.com/news/interviews.php?id=737|title=Joss Whedon|accessdate=2008-08-15|publisher=Dark Horse Comics|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20080211141837/http://www.darkhorse.com/news/interviews.php?id=737|archivedate=2008-02-11] In developing Buffy, Whedon was greatly inspired by Kitty Pryde, a character from the pages of the superhero comic "X-Men". He admits, "If there's a bigger influence on Buffy than Kitty, I don't know what it was... She was an adolescent girl finding out she has great power and dealing with it."cite web|url=http://whedonesque.com/comments/3095|title=Kitty Pryde influenced Buffy|accessdate=2008-08-15|publisher=Whedonesque] cite web|last=Sanderson|first=Peter|url=http://www.quickstopentertainment.com/?p=3424|title=Super Slayer|accessdate=2008-08-15|publisher=Quick Stop Entertainment] cite web|last=Edwards|first=Gavin|url=http://nymag.com/nymetro/arts/9218/|title=Whedon, Ink|accessdate=2008-08-15|publisher="New York"]

According to Whedon, Buffy "had been brewing in [him] for many years" before finally appearing in the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" movie played by Kristy Swanson. However, he was not satisfied with the character's treatment in the film, feeling "that's not quite her. It's a start, but it's not quite the girl." Although Whedon's vision of female empowerment was not as apparent as he would have liked in the 1992 movie, he was given a second chance when Gail Berman approached him with the idea of re-creating it as a television series.cite video|people=Joss Whedon|title="Television with Bite" ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer" The Complete Sixth Season DVD Special Features)|medium=DVD (Region 2)|location=United States|publisher=20th Century Fox|year=2003] Adapting the concept of the movie into a television series, Whedon decided to reinvent the character of Buffy slightly. The shallow cheerleader of the original film had grown more mature and open-minded, identifying with social outcasts such as Willow and Xander, and instead, the character of Cordelia was created to embody what Buffy once was.cite video|people=Joss Whedon|title=Commentary for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" episode "Welcome to the Hellmouth"|medium=DVD (Region 2)|location=United States|publisher=20th Century Fox|year=2000] Early in the television series, make-up supervisor Todd McIntosh was instructed to make Buffy "a soft and sort of earthy character." He gave Gellar a soft, muted green make-up and kept her look very natural. However, it was later decided that this was innappropiate for the character, and that Buffy needed to look more like a valley girl. McIntosh switched her make-up around, giving her frosted eyeshadow and lip colors, bright turquoise and aqua marines, bubblegum colored nails, and bleach-blonde hair, causing the character to "blossom".cite video|people=Todd McIntosh|title="Beauty and the Beasts" ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer" The Complete Second Season DVD Special Features)|medium=DVD (Region 2)|location=United States|publisher=20th Century Fox|year=2001]

References

ee also

*List of women warriors in folklore, literature, and popular culture

External links

* at the Buffyverse Wiki
*imdb character|0027694|Buffy Summers


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