Earlier today we had real confirmation that (once again) a reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is in the works. This time there’s even a screenwriter, Whit Anderson, and a studio, Warner Bros. Predictably, there was a fan outcry against any version of Buffy that does not involve Joss Whedon.

Now Joss Whedon has released a statement about the possible film, and while he doesn’t sound crushed — he’s got a little Marvel Studios dream project to work on — he takes refuge in jokes and sarcasm. Read the statement after the break.

Thanks to E! for eliciting this response from Mr. Whedon about the new Buffy. (Which may or may not end up happening; right now I’d put money on ‘may not.’) The writer/director’s opening gambit was sarcasm:

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.

And then he gets down to business:

Obviously I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this… 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.  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.

I’ve cut out a few good jokes (can’t just lift everything from E!) but you get the idea.

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