Comic Con 2015 Coverage: Heroes Reborn

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One of the last panels held during last week’s Comic Con 2015 was Heroes Reborn, the reboot of the once popular, instant cult classic series Heroes that aired on NBC from 2006 through 2010. A lot of things can, and have been, said about the original series; but anyone sitting in Hall H last Sunday can vouch that there is a plan and it’s more than just to “save the cheerleader”.

After seeing an impressive trailer that gives an in-depth look at what Heroes Reborn will be about, it is clear that the show has moved with the times, updating the series to five years after the revelation made by Claire Bennett that people with extraordinary abilities exist. And, there will be so much more than just a TV series; there will be 2 companion video games (one for tablets and one for PC’s), six e-books/novellas that will tell the backstories of the characters, a Heroes Reborn app as well as a digital prequel.

Returning cast member Greg Grunberg, who served as the moderator, asked series creator Tim Kring “How do you bring Heroes back?” with Tim sharing that “This is Heroes on steroids. It’s (all) about the characters; (and) there are things that we can do now that we couldn’t do 9 years ago”.

It should also be noted that Heroes Reborn has been all over the world to film the episodes, including Iceland, Canada, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Paris. Needless to say, Tim shared that “NBC is 1000% behind the reboot”.

It was then that most of the cast was brought to the stage to thunderous applause while “Back in Black” blared out of the surround-sound speakers. The cast members who participated in the panel were Jack Coleman (returning as the one and only HRG), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Robbie Kay (Once Upon a Time), Ryan Guzman (The Boy Next Door and Pretty Little Liars), Gatlin Green (Liv and Maddie), Henry Zebrowski (The Wolf of Wall Street), Judith Shekoni (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2), Danika Yarosh (Shameless) and Rya Kihlstedt (Nashville and Dexter.

Each of the actors had a chance to briefly speak about their characters:

Zachary: “Chuck never killed anyone, but Luke (his character in Heroes Reborn) believes in using the glock; and he has a very twisted relationship with his wife. They go down a (very) dark path”;

Ryan: “Carlos is an Army vet with a troubled past, who is presented with an opportunity of greatness to change”;

Robbie: “Tommy is a typical high school (student) with an extraordinary ability that he can’t control, but he just wants to be normal”;

Gatlin: “Emily is the sweet girl next door who goes to school with Tommy”;

Judith: “Joanne is Luke’s wife and they have a twisted, messed-up relationship”;

Rya: “Erica is like Sheryl Sandberg (but) with a bigger vision”;

Danika: “Malina is a strange girl (who has been) told (all her life) that she was destined for greatness”; and

Henry: “Quinton (who will be seen in the digital prequel episodes) is a conspiracy theorist (who suffers) a gigantic tragedy, which brings him to Noah aka HRG”;

Jack: He is back as HRG aka Noah Bennett, wearing those now infamous glasses for the first time in the Super Bowl promo. Noah “is trying to live a normal, suburban, quiet life but that doesn’t last (for) long”; and,

Greg: He will be back as Matt Parkman, who will end up working with HRG in some capacity.

Halfway through the panel several other returning cast members were invited to the stage, including Jimmy Jean-Louis, who played The Haitian and fan favorite Masi Oka, who played Hiro Nakamura. Those aren’t the only original cast members coming back either: Sendhil Ramamurthy, who played Mohinder Suresh, Cristine Rose, who played Angela Petrelli and (a now all grown up) Noah Gray-Cabey, who played Micah Sanders, will also be back.

After an interesting Q&A with some audience members, a special sneak peek of the show was screened that featured Hiro and Mohinder dealing with a new foe to be played by actor Cle Bennett (Lost Girl).

Heroes Reborn will debut on NBC on Thursday, September 24 at 8/7c.