Heroes Reborn @ Comic-Con: Showrunner Tim Kring on Returning Favorites, 5-Year Time Jump and More

Heroes Reborn Spoilers

You think you’re excited about Heroes Reborn? Showrunner Tim Kring may have you beat.

During Sunday’s Comic-Con panel with members of the upcoming NBC reboot’s cast — including Zachary Levi, Jack Coleman, Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezane, Ryan Guzman, Gatlin Green, Henry Zebrowski, Judith Shekoni, Danika Yarosh, Rya Kihlstedt, surprise guest Masi Oka and Greg Grunberg, who moderated the event — Kring said, “We’ve had a long night’s rest and a good night’s sleep, and we’re ready to save the world again.”

But it won’t be easy. Kring explained that when the sequel series picks up five years after the original, the general population is not only aware of the evolved humans’ powers but discriminating against and hunting them.

“In the first series, when you discovered you had a power, it was this mystical, ‘What’s happening to me?’ thing,” Kring said. “Now, if you wake up with a power, it would be a very, very bad thing. It takes the idea of the show and cranks it up a little bit.”

Many of the original Heroes cast members will be returning for the reboot, including Oka as Hiro Nakamura, Grunberg as Matt Parkman and Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh. When asked if longtime viewers will be treated to a glimpse of other fan-favorite characters — among them Hayden Panettiere as Claire Bennet and Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli — Kring said the audience will at least learn what happened to those staples during the time jump.

“The universe that we’re building around the show does all that,” Kring said. “We do unpack what happened in the previous years. By the time you watch the finale, you’ll have a big chunk of that answered for you.”

That said, Kring insisted it was never his idea to bring back the entire Heroes cast, adding that it “really wasn’t a matter of who we could and couldn’t get. It was a matter of what the story was dictating.”

If you’re wondering which of the original characters was most crucial to Heroes Reborn, look no further than a pair of horn-rimmed glasses.

“The lynchpin from the former cast was Jack and his character,” Kring told the crowd. “HRG was a hub character that a lot of the other stories spun off of. It was really important for me to bring him back.” (As for HRG, he’ll be attempting to live a “nice, suburban life” when the series picks up, per Coleman — a pipe dream that is quickly squashed just minutes into the series premiere.)

And while Kring is certain that Heroes Reborn will bring in new viewers unfamiliar with the original series, he promised that none of the established storylines will change.

“We’re not deviating from anything,” he confirmed, adding that the team behind the show “really wants to honor anyone who spent all that time watching that many episodes.”

OK, your turn. Are you excited for Heroes Reborn? Watch the new extended trailer below, then hit the comments with your thoughts on Sunday’s panel!

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  1. Murica! says:

    The trailer looked great, but I’m still disappointed that only the boring characters are returning. Hiro Nakamura is the only returning character I’m excited to see again. I hope the show won’t suck without Peter and Sylar.

    • nate says:

      The show sucked with Sylar.

    • Kacey Mcnatt says:

      Peter and Sylar really got old after a While Im glad there not back

    • Wordsmith says:

      Peter and Sylar sucked the life out of the rest of the show. When you have two characters who can essentially do anything, the other characters on the show cease to matter at all. It was the key strategic mistake made by the writers.

    • isosim says:

      But Sylar is busy being Spock, which is much more interesting and Peter is being Sean in Whispers. So apparently the other stars have actual lives that don’t revolve around being on your shows.

  2. Peter Wall says:

    claire and peter were the reason i watched heros for all 5 years without them im not sure if ill b checking this out tbh

  3. Drew says:

    The continuity and consistency of the original series was pretty bad, so they need to do better this time.
    Is Micah coming back? I’ve seen conflicting comments about him.

  4. Mr. Tran K says:

    The trailer looks awesome to me and a five year time jump is a perfect setup for the return of Heroes after it went off the air “five years ago”. Tim Kring and his writing staff better make things right for the reboot series to improve better story lines for the new and returning characters. The first season was great but the last three seasons (2, 3 and 4) was a disaster and they should’ve got rid of the series’ big baddie Sylar throughout the course of the series if the writers have second thoughts about it.

  5. Kristina says:

    A time jump seems like a good idea. Glad they’re going to answer what happened to the other characters and not just leave us wondering. I think knowing will be enough for me, I don’t really need to see them.

  6. Mik says:

    Trailer looks great. It actually got me excited about this project for the first time, I’ll definitely check it out! The plot reminds me of X-Men, which I don’t mind. I’m guessing Claire, Peter and everyone else missing are probably dead sadly.

  7. James says:

    You think I’M excited about Heroes Reborn? Actually, I don’t think I could give less of a gosh darn crap about Heroes Reborn.

  8. Drew says:

    Finally watched the trailer. I guess I will probably watch the show, but the whole “superpowered people being hunted because they’re different” plot is getting pretty old. Aren’t there any other stories to tell with superpowers?

  9. sarah says:

    This is an effort to make more money for the producers. No more, no less. I won’t be watching.

  10. tsevca says:

    I never liked the fact that after so many things that would kill her, like when the house exploded with her inside, they suddenly realized that if they shoot her in the head, she can die. It never felt real, only like they wanted her not to be safe from being killed off, to keep the suspense. Nothing else. And now Claire is dead. They say characters like hers didn´t come not for other jobs, but because they wouldn´t fit to the story, but it feels like the opposite. Claire´s immortality was a symbol. “Save the cheerleader, save the world,” became the motto of the show. Without that… Like them or not, Hiro, Peter and Claire were the pillars of the show. When they had good storylines, the show was good. And if they were just behind the scene leaders, who would be shown for 2 minutes guest starring role in season 5, it would feel more honest to the original show than killing THE cheerleader.