While Tim Kring’s 2006 television series Heroes may have left a bad taste in some mouths, one thing that most fans had in common was the love of the characters. Viewers were genuinely interested in what would happen to Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia); audiences cheered anytime the series focused on Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka); fans truly believed that if Peter saved the cheerleader, Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere), he could save the world. While the good guys were fun to rally behind, there is no doubt that audiences absolutely adored big baddie, Sylar (Zachary Quinto). The moment a reboot of the series was announced, titled Heroes Reborn, fans wanted to know who would be returning and started crossing their fingers in the hope that their favorite characters would reappear. Unfortunately, while he played what was undoubtedly one of the most popular roles on the series, Quinto has squashed any hope fans had for the return of the super cool villain.
This morning, Zachary Quinto stopped by the Today Show to chat about things and confirmed that while he may have launched his career with Heroes, he has absolutely no desire to return to the character or join the reboot in any capacity.
“I’m not going to do it”
In an industry that tends to keep its secrets as long as it possibly can, this is probably the most honest answer that anyone has ever given. There is no tease to entice fans or a generic “I’d love to, if the story is right, but I haven’t heard anything,” which is the typical Hollywood response from actors when asked if they plan to reprise a previous role. In Quinto’s case, he shot straight from the hip and didn’t mix words.
Now, it isn’t like Quinto is just laying around playing Xbox instead of joining the project. Instead, he plans to focus on projects of his own, including the upcoming Starz series, “The Chair”, in which he will mentor a couple of first-time filmmakers, and there is always that little franchise, Star Trek, that will be keeping him busy. With respect to the third entry of the rebooted Trek franchise, according to Quinto, there is a chance that production on the movie could begin as early next year.
“I think it’s on the horizon. Things are rumbling, so I have a feeling that we will be in production sometime in the next six months.”
Heroes had an absolutely epic first season that truly blew viewers away. It was in this first season that most fans fell in love with their favorite characters as seemingly unconnected events and characters were brought together in an ultimate fight for survival. Unfortunately, the series didn’t seem to know what to do with itself after the first season and the plotlines for the following seasons almost started repeating themselves. You can only threaten to destroy the world so many times before the threat begins to lose its urgency and those potential disasters start to get a bit boring. Still, while the plot began to stale a bit, the characters remained interesting and many fans stuck with the series until the bitter end – a world changing cliffhanger that viewers can only hope will be addressed in the 13 episode reboot.
Quinto makes the third actor from the original series that has decided not to return. Back in June, Ventimiglia killed any hope of Peter Petrelli returning, and before that, Panettiere confirmed that her Claire Bennet would not be returning to the series either. As a matter of fact, the only original character that is set to return is Noah Bennet (Jack Coleman). How this will affect viewership is yet to be seen but if the miniseries can recapture the magic of Heroes’ first season, audiences may fall in love with whatever new heroes Kring throws at them. In the meantime, here is the full Today Show clip, if you want to hear about Sylar straight from the Vulcan’s mouth.
How do you feel about this new development? Are there any characters you are still hoping will return for Heroes Reborn?