Save the cheerleader: first trailer for ‘Heroes Reborn’ released

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Almost an entire year after announcing that Heroes would be returning with a brand-new 13-part miniseries, NBC released a painfully short 15-second advert for Heroes Reborn, shown during Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX.

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Surrounded by snow-topped mountains, a young girl in suitably weather-appropriate clothes raises her arms to summon a probably unscheduled Aurora Borealis appearance. A familiar face (Noah Bennet from Heroes, as played by Jack Coleman) watches this superhuman performance alongside an unfamiliar face (Zachary Levi).

Speaking to Digital Spy in July, original series creator Tim Kring hinted on the direction Heroes Reborn would take, stating that:

It takes place in a post-season four universe, so it will tie into some of the ideas that were left dangling [but] the vast majority are brand new characters, brand new ideas.

With so few clues, it is easy to see why diehard fans are apprehensive to get onboard with this new venture. The first series of Heroes began with introducing interesting characters discovering their superhuman abilities and how these new-found powers affect their now extraordinary lives. Interwoven with a script that pioneered translating a comic-book format of storytelling to a TV series, the show quickly became a hit and received critical acclaim. However, the second series saw audience decline in introducing many more characters and killing off fan favourites. And while some of the original cast were still in the show by the fourth and final series, the series was a mess. With viewing figures at an ongoing low, Heroes was cancelled in 2010.

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For the series regular of Heroes, a lot can change in five years. Ali Larter, now starring in TNT‘s Legends, will not be reprising her roles as Niki, Jessica, Gina or Tracy. Milo Ventimiglia, who played Peter Petrelli, tweeted to a fan that he would not be returning to the show. And everyone’s favourite superpower-stealer Sylar, played by Zachary Quinto, will also not be appearing in this reboot.

Jack Coleman was the first actor and Heroes regular to sign on for Heroes Reborn. Announced last month, the second actor attached is newcomer Zachary Levi, who previously starred in Thor: The Dark World and NBC‘s Chuck. No word yet on the girl who invoked an impromptu Northern Lights show. Have the actors been sworn to secrecy to boost interest and preserve mystique?

Not much is certain about Heroes Reborn. There is potential for this new series to add to the existing Heroes universe, especially with the original series creator Kring being onboard with this project. There will also be an online prequel series preceding the series launch on NBC Digital Media, as part of their original online video initiative. The official description for Heroes Reborn also keeps possible plotlines shrouded in mystery:

The saga behind the 2006 breakout series Heroes will continue as creator Tim Kring returns to the fold and develops new layers to his original superhero concept. This highly anticipated 13-episode miniseries will reconnect with the basic elements of the show’s first season where ordinary people were waking up to the fact that they had extraordinary abilities. This series will be preceded by a new digital series that will introduce audiences to the new characters and storylines that will take the Heroes phenomenon to new places.

NBC has not yet announced a firm launch date for Heroes Reborn but with an already pre-existing fanbase, it could be the comeback series of this summer.

Sources: ComicBook.com, Digital SpyIGN

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