It was way back in 2006 when the Heroes series - a show about humans gaining superhuman abilities - appeared on NBC and instantly became a favorite for comic book fans and tv watchers alike. Its first season received critical acclaim, but as the seasons progressed it lost its viewership. Some claim this is due to the drop in writing quality that was brought by the Writer's Strike, but even so it got cancelled thereafter some fans still hoped the show would come back somehow.
As it turns out, the producers have heard their requests as the show is finally getting a second chance with a 13 episode miniseries. We have gotten a few tidbits here and there with shots from the filming location and a few clips, but now Heroes creator Tim Kring gives the fans a full look at what's coming for the new Heroes series with a full-length trailer during the Heroes Reborn panel at the San Diego Comic-Con.
This trailer gives us a look at what the world has been after the events of the previous seasons. Powers are known to the whole world, and people with these powers are being persecuted and hunted. It also shows us the return of several characters from the previous seasons such as Noah Bennet/Horn Rimmed Glasses (Jack Coleman), Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy), Angela Petrelli (Christine Rose) and Micah Sanders (Noah Gray-Cabey). We also see the new heroes Miko (Kiki Sukezane), Tommy (Robby Kay), and Carlos (Ryan Guzman).
What's interesting is the addition of a new character named Luke Collins played by Zachary Levi, who also starred in NBC's Chuck. From what the trailer tells us, he appears to be someone who hunts and terminates those who admit to having powers.
In an interview with The TV Junkies, Zachary talks about his character. “[Luke] is doing things for a reason, a reason that he’s convinced is the right thing to do, at least for the time being or whatever. But it’s a journey and I think all the characters in this show, they all start in one spot and they all end in another. It’s really big and a lot of things are going on. These things affect each of the characters. That definitely happens to my character as well. I so badly want to say more to all this, but it would be total spoiler alert and I’d get fired and that would be a bummer.”
From his comments, it seems like these characters' perspectives will evolve into something as the series progresses, making his character more of a wildcard instead of the classic villain that we know of in other series.
This mix of old and new characters makes the mini-series an interesting and exciting show to old and new fans alike. And even though some old characters aren't confirmed to appear (Peter Petrelli), some still hope that these actors would reprise their role in the future. Who knows, we might see them in the filming location of the next season, if the first season turns out to be a hit.
Hopefully, this mini-series will tailor not just to the fans of the previous seasons, but also to the new viewers who are interested to see what's in store for them in the rich lore that the Heroes universe has set up so far.
“We’ve had a long rest and a good night sleep and we’re ready to save the world again so if you found something about the show that you loved, something that you were passionate about the first time, then I very humbly ask you to give ‘Heroes Reborn’ a chance,” Kring said in the panel.
Heroes Reborn will premiere on the 24th of September as a 13 episode mini-series on NBC.