The big Heroes news out of the 2007 Comic Con today is that comic book and Geek God Kevin Smith will write and direct the first episode of the Heroes spin-off, Origins. When he was introduced at the Heroes panel after the announcement, Smith cracked wise about the “two gay Japanese dudes”, referring of course to Hiro and Ando, who are not gay. Of course Smith was just kidding, being a writer of comedy and whatnot.
This bit of news does reinforce all the information about Origins that we have already known, namely that it will feature not only new characters, but new writers and directors on all the episodes, following Tim Kring’s oft-mention “Twilight Zone” feel that he wants for the show.
Heroes: Origins will consist of six stand-alone episodes, and according to a post on the SuperheroHype forum, Heroes writer/producer Jeph Loeb says that Origins would begin its run at the end of April 2008.
More from the Comic Con via IGN:
Smith told the audience that he did not watch the show when it originally aired, but that he and his wife downloaded the entire show on iTunes and watched the entire first season in two and a half days. Smith loved the cliffhangers and kept saying “Let’s watch another one! I know the kid is downstairs waiting to be fed, but let’s watch another one.”
Smith then left the stage, saying he didn’t want to take up too much time from the panel. Kring said that Smith coming on board was only “the first of a bunch of announcements to make” of people writing and directing upcoming Heroes episodes.
Smith image via TVSquad.
Here’s a video of Tim Kring talking more about Origins, and introducing Kevin Smith at the Comic Con: