Believe it or not, one of the greatest (or worst, depending on who you ask) superhero television series of all time is getting the reboot treatment and if Deadline has it right, two of the most successful and sought after filmmakers in the industry will be leading the way. The reboot part isn’t tough to believe, after all, Hollywood is the king of the recycle and many people often roll their eyes at the mention of the word “reboot”. In this case however, the property is in the very capable hands of Clone High creators and The Lego Movie writers/directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, which means this is probably the greatest reboot news of all time. The Greatest American Hero is flying (crashing?) back to the small screen.
The Greatest American Hero was a series that only ran from 1981-1983 but the fans it attracted along the way are a loyal bunch. No one knows for sure if this is due to actual love of the show or, perhaps, some subliminal programming within the theme song which must hold some Guiness World Record for the most memorable theme song of all time. If you are drawing a blank (doubtful) or if you are just too young to remember the song (more likely), here it is, complete with those lyrics so that you can sing along!
Yup, that’ll be with you for the rest of the day. You’re welcome. If you couldn’t quite follow the plot of the series from the random scenes in the intro, in a nutshell, Hero is about a teacher who finds a suit from another planet that gives him super powers. This would have been perfect, had he not lost the instructions almost immediately. Being a good person, the Hero really wants to fight crime, so he continues to don the costume and tries to learn how to control the powers that the suit possesses, and manages to get around on a wing and a prayer. Cheesy? Maybe, but William Katt’s portrayal of the teacher who becomes the Hero made the show, and its main character, very endearing.
Their Clone High series never really caught on outside of a cult following, and was cancelled after only one season but Chris Miller and Phil Lord have shown time and time again that they have what it takes to make a hit. This year’s The Lego Movie was topped only by Marvel in the box office, and their 21 Jump Street reboot and its sequel brought on the type of laughs that leave you sore after the movie. Their treatment of Jump Street alone should have people excited to see what they can do with this not-so-superhero franchise. Hero has a similar cult following as Clone High and there is no doubt that Lord and Miller will be able to breathe fresh, hilarious life into the franchise and that Hero will likely stick around for more than a season or two. Nathan Fillian is rumored to be interested in the role of the title Hero, which makes it all even more exciting.
No one would ever claim that Greatest American Hero deserved awards or was unduly cancelled. The series showcased cheesy effects and many of the side characters weren’t the best actors. That being said, no one watched Hero for those reasons – we watched because it was a cute story and any one of us could imagine ourselves in that suit while we tried to learn how to control it. No word on when we may see the series back on television but we can all hope that it’s sooner rather than later.