Heroes creator Tim Kring knows you might be weary of the series returning. “For those of you along the way who grew a little tired, because you thought the show grew a little tired,” he said at Comic-Con on Sunday. “We only have one thing to say: We’ve had a long rest.”
Five years after the NBC superhero series ended, it’s being brought back from the dead in a limited event series, Heroes Reborn, which reassembles a large portion of the original cast (Hiro! HRG! The Haitian!), while adding plenty of new faces.
“We’re ready to save the world,” Kring said. He had a new trailer to prove it:
Heroes Reborn picks up five chronological years after the original series. “We ended with Claire Bennet [Hayden Panettiere] exposing these powers to the world,” Kring explained to Hall H. “So everybody knows about these powers.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean being an EVO -- that’s what evolved humans are called -- is any easier. “Now waking up with a power is a bad, bad thing,” Kring revealed. “You know you’re going to be persecuted.”
The extended trailer debuted at Comic-Con includes our first look at Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and Angela Petrelli (Cristine Rose) back in action and reveals that Micah (Noah Gray-Cabey) is a rebel leader this time around. Hiro (Masi Oka) and Noah Bennet (Jack Coleman) are also back.
“It felt like Halloween,” Coleman told the crowd of donning his infamous horn-rimmed glasses again. “I felt like an imposter there for a little bit.”
There’s a new face in the Heroes world who was particularly welcomed by the fanboy masses: Zachary Levi, who plays the show’s big bad, Luke Collins. And judging by the trailer, he’s baaaaad.
"It’s almost the same guy,” Levi joked of the difference between the deadly Collins and his beloved Chuck. "The difference is Chuck never killed anybody...I loved playing Chuck, but was always secretly jealous that I couldn’t fly or shoot lasers out of my eyes.”
As for those faces you don’t see in Reborn -- Panettiere's cheerleader, Milo Ventimiglia’s Peter Petrelli, and Zachary Quinto’s Sylar, most notably -- Kring says it “wasn’t a matter of who we could get and who we couldn’t get. It was all about the story.”
Still, as for what happened to them, “A lot of that does get unpacked in the show,” he said. “By the time you watch the finale, you’ll have a big chunk of that answered for you.”
Speaking of unlikely heroes, the Suicide Squad cast crashed Comic-Con to show off the first footage of their insane movie: