NBC might see itself as ahead of the curve. In 2006, it launched Heroes, a TV show about a group of people that slowly realize they have extraordinary powers. The first season was a true pop culture moment. It captured the attention of millions of viewers, garnered incredible buzz, and looked like it would be TV's "next big thing." Instead, with each passing season, it fizzled out. Yet the concept of superheroes did become the "next big thing"...for Hollywood. Because while there had been several great superhero films prior to 2006, this current wave of hero domination of our pop culture didn't kick into high gear until 2008- the year that The Dark Knight and Iron Man came out swinging for the fences.
So while Heroes was a big deal upon its arrival, by the time the world had said "We heart superheroes!" the show had all ready come off the rails. Now NBC is hoping to relaunch the series, presumably under the title Heroes: Reborn, as a special-event miniseries, right in the heart of this superhero golden age. On Saturday, they announced that it will return to a TV near you in 2015, the same year as Marvel's Ant-Man, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Fox's currently-buzzing Fantastic Four reboot.
"The enormous impact ‘Heroes’ had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening,” said NBC's Jennifer Salke. “Shows with that kind of resonance don’t come around often and we thought it was time for another installment. We’re thrilled that visionary creator Tim Kring was as excited about jumping back into this show as we were and we look forward to all the new textures and layers Tim plans to add to his original concept. Until we get closer to air in 2015, the show will be appropriately shrouded in secrecy, but we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in."
What do you think? Will you tune in? Does the return of Heroes excite you? Or were the last few seasons enough to make you lose faith in Kring and Co for good?