Superbowl 2015 contained a precious surprise for science fiction fans and comic book aficionados: a teaser that announced the return of the “Heroes” franchise, via a 13-episode arc titled “Heroes Reborn.” The video trailer featured a kid looking upward at the Arctic sky, raising his hands and causing streaks of pink lights to float from the clouds. Watching the child is a recognizable face—the character Noah Bennett (played by Jack Coleman) and an unknown person observing the events through binoculars. The clip lasts only 15 seconds but it confirmed that the show will air on NBC some time this year.
The previous incarnation of the series began in 2005 and ended in 2009. It concluded the third season with a cliffhanger and then was later cancelled, having never debuted a fourth season. With the success of live-action shows on other broadcast networks—ABC’s “Agents of Shield” and The CW’s “The Flash” and “Arrow“— it was assumed that NBC decided to reintroduce the fan-favorite television series in order to compete. Tim Kring, original producer of the show, planned to feature new characters, mostly because the actors and actresses of the previous series were unavailable or weren’t invited. Ali Larter and Zachary Quinto were busy with their own schedules, while other individuals weren’t confirmed to be returning but the possibility of their reappearance remained open. The plot was still unknown, but Kring has confirmed that “Heroes Reborn” will occur in a post-season 4 environment. The producer wanted to maintain a connection to the previous events and storylines instead of creating an entirely new universe.
Be on the lookout for this new series. You can find merchandise featuring the old cast in our “Heroes” products category.