with reporting by Christina Garibaldi
NBC’s plan to relaunch “Heroes” as “Heroes Reborn” came as a welcome surprise for many fans of the superhero franchise — but those same fans shouldn’t expect to see too many familiar faces when the show returns.
At the very least, there’s one prominent “Heroes” star who doesn’t sound likely for a “Reborn” reprisal: Milo Ventimiglia. The actor, who played super-empathetic Peter Petrelli throughout the show’s four-season run, spoke with MTV at the ABC Upfronts in New York this week, representing his new show, “The Whispers.” During the conversation, Ventimiglia revealed his take on the “Heroes” reboot, making it clear that he’s not exactly ecstatic about the idea.
“I think it’s going to be hard to recapture what we had when the show was out, to be very honest,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of fans running up to me, very excited. And I think the expectation is high — meaning people want, and are expecting, that the show is going to pick up right where it left off.”
But it doesn’t sound like that’s the direction “Heroes” is moving in, according to Ventimiglia.
“They’re expecting to get back to where the show was,” he said, “and I think those high expectations have potential for other things.”
With all that said, Ventimiglia doesn’t expect to return as Peter, despite his fondness for the character.
“That one kind of went away a long time ago,” he said, adding, “I wish them all the best.”
Should Peter Petrelli return to save the cheerleader and the world in “Heroes Reborn,” or do you agree with Ventimiglia’s take?