SDCC 2015: Save the cheerleader, save the world again with Heroes Reborn


Okay, so the lightning in a bottle slogan, “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World,” hasn’t officially made a return yet, but it’s too catchy to not use again. This year Tim Kring (creator) and the cast took some time during SDCC to speak with the press behind closed doors. This resulted in some interesting and fun questions and answers.


Heroes Reborn comes from the original 2006 series Heroes and will be a 13-episode event series that’s similar to the original. It will chronicle the lives of ordinary people as they learn about their extraordinary abilities. The show picks up at an unspecified time in the future, and so far the only detail we have about the past is that one year after the show’s beginning; Odessa, Texas, was left decimated from a terrorist attack that has sent those with powers, now called EVOs, into hiding for fear of their lives.

The series will feature plenty of new cast members and they will cross paths with many veterans such as Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), the Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis) and many others. Hiro will be a much more mature character, and he is now in charge of a company and must learn to balance his personal life and the life of an EVO.

We asked Masi about Hiro, what type of role he will be playing, and how big his role will be with the new series:

“I’m only doing 3 episodes because I’m contractually obligated to a different show, so the original plans got changed since I’m still on the other show. Thanks to the generosity of CBS and NBC, things got worked out so I’m only in 3 episodes. Hiro is still an integral part of the story in terms of the events that happened and I feel that Hiro had his journey in the original series. I think this time around it’s about Hiro passing off the torch to the new generation, and he is here to thank the fans as well as support the fans, Tim and the show that created us.”

Kiki Sukezane plays Miko in Heroes Reborn.

However don’t fear, Hiro will still be back as a badass with his deadly sword skills, and this time he will even wield a double-bladed sword (Darth Maul style). If you were a fan of future Hiro’s soul patch, I’m afraid to say that won’t be making a return. We have already seen another sword-wielding character appear in the form of Miko (Kiki Sukezane, “Death Yankee 3”), so it should only be a matter of time until she crosses paths with Hiro. Miko will be tracking down her missing father while attempting to keep her extraordinary abilities a secret, which once revealed will make her a force to be reckoned with.

Robbie Kay joins the Heroes Reborn cast as Tommy.

Other characters we will encounter are Tommy (Robbie Kay, “Once Upon a Time”), an awkward teen that not only wants to win the girl of his dreams, Emily (Gatlin Green, “Criminal Minds”), but to try and be normal. That may be impossible after the discovery of his new terrifying powers.


You also have Malina (Danika Yarosh, “Shameless”), who comes with the classic backstory of having a sheltered upbringing and soon learns that she is destined for greatness.

Part of the suspense element of Heroes is when and where characters will develop and ultimately start using their powers in action. Being the youngest members of the new cast, it’s not unusual for those roles to not have control of their powers or even have discovered them at the start of the show. When asked the actors were happy to share some details about their characters:

“When the series picks up, it’s implied that Tommy is aware of his powers. He doesn’t know the extent of his powers yet, and he doesn’t find out how to control them. Obviously there is a progression with any character as the series goes on, and Tommy starts to find out about what he is going to do,” said Kay.

“Malina kinda knew from the very beginning that she has powers, because she was told she was destined for greatness. She spends her time kinda separated from the world just training. For the past two years she has been in the Arctic somewhere,” said Yarosh.

Henry Zebrowski is Quentin in Heroes Reborn.

The show will tell a specific narrative that will be completed within its limited 13-episode arc. It will pick up in different places and will bounce between the characters’ lives like the original. Early on in the show, we will find a conspiracy theorist, Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski, “A to Z”), who tracks down Noah Bennet (Jack Coleman), who has gone off the grid after the tragedy in Odessa in order to open his eyes to the truth.

Zachary Levi plays Luke in Heroes Reborn.

Other leads in the show are Luke (Zachary Levi, “Chuck”) and Joanne (Judith Shekoni, “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), who are two EVOs turned vigilante who seek revenge for tragic losses they have suffered in the past. While the details behind Luke are being kept locked up tight by NBC, we did get a little bit of insight into the duo that, from the looks of the trailer, will be hunting EVOs.

The devastation in Odessa leads to the loss of Joanne’s son, which will be a big driving force behind her character’s seeking of revenge. Given her character’s affinity with guns, this will lead her into the role of being able to enjoy killing and being an effective vigilante. When asked about her favorite part of her character, she replied:

“Guns. My character gets to kill people and for a reason. She lost her son and she is going through the stages of grief and got stuck in the stage of anger for quite a long time. What was most fulfilling to me was being able to play a strong dynamic woman who goes after what she wants at all costs.”

Rya Kihlstedt is Erica in Heroes Reborn.

The final two characters that have announced are Erica (Rya Kihlstedt, “Masters of Sex”), who is running a highly successful tech conglomerate called Renautas, and Carlos (Ryan Guzman, “The Boy Next Door”), a former soldier who will emerge as a different type of hero. Carlos will be struggling to balance which of his characteristics from his military life will fit into his new life once he is given this amazing opportunity. Ultimately he’ll have to decide what type of person he will evolve into.

“He [Carlos] is very self defecating and has a lot of issues in his own head about who he wants to be and where he wants to be in his life. He is presented with this massive opportunity, and he can either hit the ground running and make something of it or continue what he has been doing and drown in his sorrows.”

If you need some Heroes in your life right now, you can check out the prequel, “Dark Matter,” to get you all caught up before the new series premieres. Don’t forget to check out the trailer below as well. Let us know if you’re going to be double dipping the chip into Heroes Reborn this fall.

Heroes Reborn premieres September 24th at 8 p.m. PT/ET.

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