Ever since NBC announced the Heroes Reborn revival, we’ve been sitting on pins and needles waiting for something–anything–telling us what to expect when the game-changing show returns for one more miniseries event. But with mini trailers, no pilots and barely any photos to draw from, this new chapter remains a mystery.
Until today. At the 2015 Shaw Media upfront presentation in Canada, broadcaster Global TV played a sizzle reel that to date, only some in the States have had the luxury of seeing. And it had lots and lots (and lots) of good stuff in it. Even better? Incoming star Zachary Levi was on hand to do small roundtables about the incoming series, which is currently filming in and around the Toronto area.
Here are 5 things we learned from the new trailer, and from Levi himself.
Micah is back!
Depending on the type of Heroes fan you were, you either loved or hated this littlest hero. Well he’s back for Heroes Reborn, and he’s certainly all grown up. He also looks like he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder thanks to his dangerous upbringing…
Hiro is kicking ass
We have no idea in what capacity the time-travelling hero will appear in the miniseries, but we can safely say he looks a lot more hardened than he did the last time we saw him. Sure, portrayer Masi Oka is a lot older than when he played our favourite comedic relief character, but we definitely wouldn’t want to mess with him, his sword or his slick-backed hair now.
Levi is a bad guy?
Not much is known about Luke Collins, but based on the trailer, he’s not someone we’re going to be cheering much for. At least not right away, thanks to a murderous streak and an assumption that he’s very much against those with powers.
“He’s doing things for a reason, a reason that he’s convinced is the right thing to do, at least for the time being or whatever.” Levi cryptically told The TV Junkies. “But it’s a journey and I think all the characters in this show, they all start in one spot and they all end in another. It’s really big and a lot of things are going on. These things affect each of the characters. That definitely happens to my character as well. I so badly want to say more to all this, but it would be total spoiler alert and I’d get fired and that would be a bummer.”
HRG and Collins in the same league?
After seeing some of the similarities between Jack Coleman’s HRG from the earlier days of Heroes and Luke Collins in this new promo, we couldn’t help but wonder if they’d be in the same league together.
What did Levi have to say about that?
“I can neither confirm nor deny that. Good try though!”
Instead we’ll just say this: Noah Bennett gets his glasses back, and it feels … epic.
Levi was looking for the complete opposite of Chuck
We may love Levi from his nerdy crime-fighting days, but for Levi, this role was an opportunity to showcase all of the other things he can do as an actor. It’s one of the reasons he actively sought a role on the show as soon as it was announced.
“Coming in as a wild card it’s like, ‘What is he going to do?'” Levi said. “And you get a little more leeway to play with that and to surprise people. I’m a big fan of surprising people. And scaring people! But surprising people.”
Turns out, Levi is pretty darned happy with how it all worked out, too.
“He’s complicated. But I think the complication is what makes it really intriguing. It was the most intriguing thing to me about the character. When I found out who they wanted me to play I was like, ‘Yes. That’s the character I would like to play,'” he added secretively.
Here’s hoping longtime Heroes fans are happy with how it all works out too.
Heroes Reborn hits the NBC and Global schedules this fall.
Amber Dowling is a bonafide TV Junkie, critic and freelance writer who watches countless shows and lives for dramatic (fictional!) twists. She currently serves as the vice-president of the Television Critics Association and has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows across North America. An advocate for Canadian Television and a lover of the medium in general, Amber founded TheTVJunkies.com as a spot for fellow enthusiasts to connect and collaborate. She previously spent almost eight years as the EIC for TV Guide Canada.