In a resurrection worthy of regenerating cheerleader Claire Bennet, the canceled superhero drama HEROES is coming back to NBC in 2015 as a 13-episode miniseries called HEROES REBORN.
The original series was last seen in 2010, and while creator Tim Kring is back at the helm, it is unknown how many — indeed, if any — previous series stars will appear in HEROES REBORN. Hayden Panettiere, who starred as Claire, the unkillable cheerleader, has a new hit series in ABC’s NASHVILLE; Milo Ventimiglia, the “power sponge” Peter Petrelli, was just cast in ABC’s THE VISITORS; Zachary Quinto’s (Sylar) career has exploded on both the big and little screens; and producer/writer Bryan Fuller is running one of NBC’s few prime-time hits, HANNIBAL.
I think it is vital to get as many original cast members as possible to make some kind of appearance in order to give the new series some kind of credibility. Without at least a handful of familiar faces, the new project will feel like a ripoff rather than a successor. Especially important is getting Hayden and Milo, the backbones of the first series.
Matt Ryan, a Welsh actor who had a role on the short-lived spin-off CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR, has been cast as the lead in NBC’s CONSTANTINE, based on the supernatural investigator from DC Comics, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
THR describes the drama series thusly:
“CONSTANTINE centers on master of the occult John Constantine, who struggles with his faith as he is haunted by the sins of his past and is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness.”
Constantine is a reluctant and very flawed hero — he’s selfish, self-centered, cynical, jaded, not above cheating to win, and he doesn’t care who suffers the consequences of his actions, as long as it isn’t him. He smokes and drinks to excess and is just as willing to cheat and swindle the forces of Good as those of Evil. Well, at least that’s what the bloke is like in the Hellblazer comics; I’m sure NBC will lighten him up a bit. To hammer home a moral, I suggest the network play up the fact that Constantine is literally haunted by the ghosts of the dead friends he has betrayed.