Comic-Con: Heroes panel report
The Heroes Comic-Con panel was jam-packed - so jam-packed that I almost didn't make it in despite getting in line three hours before it kicked-off. Fortunately, I squeaked in for the last 2/3 of the event - just in time to catch the announcement that none other than Kevin Smith would write and direct the first episode of Heroes: Origins, the mid-season replacement spin-off that will feature six episodes introducing six new characters. Viewers will decide which character joins the full-time Heroes cast. Each Origins episode will be directed by a different auteur. We'll be getting more announcements about the talent line-up for Origins in the coming months.
The panel, which featured most of the Heroes cast and creative team, took questions from the audience. And, by "questions," I mean young women exclaiming, "I love you, Milo." Between the squeals, Tim Kring announced that a new character named Monica, who hails from the flood-ravaged areas of New Orleans, would be introduced in Season Two. Masi Oka hinted that Hiro might get some action in Season Two, and Tim Kring announced that he has plans in the coming months to organize Heroes fans via the glorious power of the internet to channel their ever-loving energy into doing something good in the world. It sounded like he was aiming to create the kind of relationship Joss Whedon has with the Browncoats and non-profit organization Equality Now. Keep your eye on the 9th Wonder website for news.
The panel's big capper was a screening of scenes from Season Two: Generations. The video consisted mostly of our heroes in different, attractively-lit scenes of peril, but we did get a copious look at the Japanese warrior princess that's joining the cast care of Hiro's trip back in time.
And, strangely enough, Danny Bonaduce was in the audience, asked a weird question and then told the cast that their lives would suck if the show ever got canceled. It was all humorous, but strange. Strange at Comic-Con, however, is not all that unusual an occurrence.