Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has said that if he were to reboot the sci-fi series, he would portray Willow as bisexual.
Willow Rosenberg, played by How I Met Your Mother’s Alyson Hannigan, was a main staple of Buffy’s Scooby Gang throughout the show’s seven series and identified as gay after falling in love with witch Tara during season four, despite her previous romantic interest in men.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Whedon said he originally wanted Willow to be bisexual, however he was pressured into not doing so over fears that her same-sex romances would seem like a “phase”.
“There are things you can’t do, that to [the society at the time],” he said. “It [was] like, ‘OK, you can’t make Willow bi, you can’t say this is a phase, because that’s what people do to deny their existence.”
“So if I did it now, I’d be like yes she can be bi. Because some people are! But back then it was like, ‘no…we’re not ready for that’.”
Willow’s relationship with Tara made history in 1999 as the first long-term lesbian relationship on US television.
Since Buffy’s final season in 2003, Whedon has found himself at the helm of several superhero blockbusters, including The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron and horror-comedy The Cabin in the Woods.
Earlier today (20th May), RadioTimes.com exclusively revealed that all seven seasons of Buffy will be available to stream on All4 in the UK from 1st June.