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After a five year absence, the NBC series Heroes is returning to the small screen this fall with Heroes Reborn. For months, we’ve seen stills and heard casting announcements, but NBC has finally released a trailer for the 13-episode limited series, which both gives fans an idea of what’s to come and shows off the new generation of heroes that will be leading the charge. Check it out!
Right away, the trailer gives off a somewhat bleak tone as we see the question “Where are the heroes?” scrawled (both in English and Spanish) in various locations around the world. While these images flash across, Ryan Guzman’s former soldier character Carlos is speaking to a group of students about how they all have the potential to be heroes. From there, we get shots of the limited series’ main actors, including Kiki Sukezane, who is wielding a samurai sword like time traveler Hiro Nakamura (more on him later), Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay and more.
We also get several glimpses of Jack Coleman’s Noah Bennett, who is back in the field and in one shot holding a necklace with The Symbol (a.k.a. a helix), which presumably belongs to his partner The Haitian. As far as superpowers go, we only see flight, telekinesis and that that kid creating the aurora light show, with most of the action scenes being good ol’ fashioned fights.
Although the trailer is light on specifics, NBC has fortunately released a detailed plot synopsis for Heroes Reborn. After a terrorist attack wiped out Odessa, Texas one year ago, people with special abilities were blamed for the tragedy and were forced to go into hiding or on the run from those who would do them harm. Two of those people are Luke Collins (played by Levi) and Joanne (played by Judith Shekoni), both of whom are “seeking to avenge a tragic loss.” Meanwhile, Bennett has been living off the grid, but is brought back into action by conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski) to learn what really happened in Odessa.
The synopsis also touches on the new heroes, including teenager Tommy (Kay), who is set on being with the girl of his dreams Emily (Gatlin Green) until his hidden ability awakens; teenager Malina, who has a great destiny awaiting her; and Tokyo resident Miko, played by Sukezane, who is trying to find her missing father. Then there’s successful tech company head Erica (Rya Kihlstedt), who “has an agenda of her own.”
The trailer also includes a brief shot of Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura. The footage itself is of Future Hiro from Season 1, but rumblings from production have indicated that his present-day personality will be more like his more jaded then-future counterpart’s, rather than the optimistic and lovable nerd that fans fondly remember. Other previous cast members returning for Heroes Reborn include Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman, Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh, Noah Gray-Cabey as Micah Sanders, Christine Rose as Angela Petrelli and Jimmy Jean-Louis as The Haitian.
The Heroes series finale “Brave New World” had Claire Bennett showing off her ability to regenerate by jumping off a Ferris wheel in front of reporters, thus revealing the existence of special abilities to the public. Since the show went off the air, it’s been left to the imagination what happened afterwards. Now we have an idea, and it’s not far off from those devastating future timelines seen in Seasons 1 and 3. Whatever is in store for these new (and established) heroes, their mission is clear: “save the world and mankind.”
Heroes Reborn will premiere on September 24 on NBC.