In 2006, the first season of Heroes became a cultural phenomenon thanks to its unique comic-book like storytelling, large ensemble cast, and rich, imaginative world. This fall, the series will return to NBC with Heroes Reborn and here’s everything you need to know about the 13-episode miniseries!
1. Some familiar faces will be returning including Noah Bennet (Jack Coleman), Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy), The Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis), Micah Sanders (Noah Gray-Cabey), and Angela Petrelli (Christine Rose).
2. However, Heroes Reborn is missing several notable Heroes alumni including Zachary Quinto, Ali Larter, and Milo Ventimiglia. “Some of the people, some of the actors, did not have the availability because they were involved in other things,” series creator Tim Kring explained.
3. Hayden Panettiere is also absent from the reboot, “In the real world of the story, [her character Claire Bennet] died a year prior to our story starting,” Kring clarified. It’s explained that Claire died during a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, which sent many people with powers into hiding.
4. Heroes Reborn is set five years after Claire went public with her abilities at the end of season four, “It was almost an obligatory baton pass to where we needed to go from there,” Kring explained, “Because we didn’t get to have that fifth season, I did always have that in my mind that there was an unfinished nature to it… This world has become a very different place. There’s something really great about this: This is not the fifth season, this is actually the 10th season as if there were seasons in-between. I had always wanted to tell the story of when the world discovers these people.”
5. At the start of the series, people with abilities are being hunted down by vigilantes like Luke (Zachary Levi) and Joanne Collins (Judith Shekoni) who blame those with extraordinary powers for the death of their son.
6. In Heroes Reborn, newcomer and Chuck star Zachary Levi plays a much darker character than we’re used to. “The tone of these two shows is very different. In Chuck there was a lot of lightheartedness, there was a charm, there was a heart,” Levi said in June, “And Heroes is a dark and complicated world and I play a dark and complicated guy.”
7. Other newcomers include Tommy (Robbie Kay) who just wants to be normal teenager along with his high school crush Emily (Gatlin Green), but his dreams of normalcy are shattered after he discovers his terrifying new ability.
8. Malina (Danika Yarosh) is a bold, yet sheltered teenager who has been told she is destined for greatness.
9. In Tokyo, Miko (Kiki Sukezane), attempts to track down her missing father, “while hiding an extraordinary secret that will make her a force to be reckoned with.”
10. Elsewhere, former soldier Carlos (Ryan Guzman) is becoming “a different type of hero.”
11. And Erica (Rya Kihlstedt), the head of the successful technology conglomerate called Renautas, has “her own dark goals.”
12. The powers are crazier than ever. “Sure there are a couple of old standbys,” ComicBook.com reports, “like some fairly bargain variety telekinesis, superspeed, and invisibility, but then there are some brand new ones. A take on teleportation that seems more curse than blessing also provides a really cool (and scientifically accurate) special effect to it. A crazy new power that’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen (and assisted by… something… don’t want to spoil it) is an ability for the modern age.”
13. A six episode prequel web series entitled Dark Matters was released this past July and starred Henry Zebrowski as conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady.
14. Heroes Reborn will also be accompanied by two video games, six ebook prequels, and a mobile app full of video content.
15. For whatever reason, Red States are looking forward to Heroes Reborn more than their liberal counterparts, while Blue States are most excited for Supergirl.
16. Heroes Reborn will premiere as a two-hour episode Thursday, Sept. 24 on NBC.