Tonight, I’m just going to give you details from one single panel--HEROES--and I’ll write about the others later. It was a pretty big day, but I got enough material from this single gathering to tide everyone over.
OMG, it was a great time. First off, almost the entire cast and some of the HEROES crew showed up; they were evidently filming and took time out for the Con, then they went back to it once their panel was over. Those who were present include:
Tim Kring (creator)
Tim Sale (artist)
Jeph Loeb (producer)
And…Jack Coleman (HRG!!!), Noah Gray-Cabey (Micah, and he was as cute as a button), Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman), Ali Larter (Niki Sanders), James Kyson Lee (Ando), Masi Oka (Hiro), Hayden Panettiere (Claire), Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli), Zach Quinto (Sylar and the new Mr. Spock), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder, and he doesn’t have that sexy accent in real life.), Dania Ramirez (Maya, a new character), and last but hardly least, Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli).
Where to start? Well, I can tell you right off the bat that this cast gets along like gangbusters. There was a lot of high-fiving and laughs as each member came out with custom T-shirts saying things like “Hayden is my hero!”, “Milo is my hero!”, and “I’m just a paper salesman.” (Guess who that was?) Just a fun little observation: Milo’s hair was short—the bangs are definitely gone. And a newer cast member was introduced—a Latina character played by Dania Ramirez, who broke AJ’s heart in this last season of THE SOPRANOS.
One of the best moments? When a guy from the audience addressed Greg Grunberg with “My wife and I love you,” Greg zinged back with “Yes, I swing.” He was full of great lines during the entire panel. Actually, most of the cast was.
And how about the inevitable “interesting yet uncomfortable moment thanks to an outspoken fan?” When a girl asked, “Do you foresee any strong female characters who aren’t strippers or cheerleaders?” Du-oh. Ali Larter pointed out that Niki is also a struggling single mother, and that put an end to the question.
Anyway, you guys want to hear the real juice, and there’s some super cool stuff in store. MAJOR cool stuff.
* You already know that HEROES: ORIGINS will be rounding out the regular HEROES season by starting in April. There will be six stand-alone episodes, every one of them about a different person somewhere in the world waking up to their powers. They announced the first person who will write and direct an episode, and it was an awesome Comic-Con moment. All the cast members were craning their necks toward the backstage area to see who this person was, and one of the cast (Don’t know who) leaned forward and said, “NO WAY!” Then, who walks out on stage but Kevin Smith!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The crowd exploded (Yes, I was among their numbers), but he didn’t stay long, choosing to allow the cast the spotlight. I. Can’t. Wait.
*Someone must have been listening to our pal Karm, because besides this new Latina character, another leading female Hero will be introduced. Her name is Monica, and she’s from post-Katrina New Orleans. No word on her powers.
* Then—and this is pretty big so if you don’t want spoilers, stop reading now—they showed about 90 seconds of quick exclusive footage from Volume II. Again, if you don’t want to hear which characters will make it back from last Volume’s finale, please don’t read. (Yeah, I knew you’d still be here. Here are the highlights of what the flashing teasers showed: Hiro in Japan doing some swordplay with a possible love interest [and, no, "swordplay" isn't a euphamism]; Matt Parkman shooting someone; Nathan Petrelli with a huge shaggy beard and it looks like he’s protecting Molly from the bad man; Peter Petrelli looking as if he’s imprisoned somewhere [Karm’s love dungeon perhaps?]; Claire cutting off her toes with scissors [um, yeah, you read that right]; Sylar turning around and looking evil; and best of all, David Anders from ALIAS whipping off his warrior’s mask and making me almost spontaneously combust due to his utter hotness.)
And there you have it! In future blogs, I’ll be covering the preview of THE BIONIC WOMAN, the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA panel, and the Joss Whedon Show.
Hope this entry makes you just as excited for Volume II as I am now! As a little bonus, click here to see the INDIANA JONES “live” feed from Thursday’s Paramount panel.