In the coming weeks, three different DC-based series will premiere on three different networks -- Gotham on Fox, The Flash on The CW and Constantine on NBC -- and though that sounds like a lot of comic-book TV, it seems like it's only the beginning. The CW already has iZOMBIE, inspired by the DC/Vertigo comic of the same name, on the way, and in the last couple of weeks we've also heard about developing shows based on Supergirl and Teen Titans. Now it's the former Lord of Hell's turn.
Fox has just ordered a pilot for Lucifer, a one-hour drama from Californication creator Tom Kapinos starring the DC/Vertigo character of the same name. The series will follow the title character after he's given up his hellish realm and moved on to the human world, where he'll embrace the Los Angeles lifestyle by opening an "exclusive piano bar called Lux." In the comics, Lucifer is perhaps still best known for his appearance in Neil Gaiman's Sandman, in which he gives up rulership of hell during the "Season of Mists" storyline. He later got his own miniseries, followed by a 75-issue solo series, both from writer Mike Carey.
It might sound like Warner Bros. Television is flooding us with comic-book shows at this point, but even if you get sick of superheroes, Lucifer doesn't seem set up to offer what the other shows do. It's hard to imagine this character fighting to save the world in the way that, say, the Flash or even John Constantine would, and if you know the kind of stories Kapinos brought to TV with Californication, you know he'll be right at home telling stories about a character who's, in many ways, the ultimate antihero.
So Lucifer's the latest in an ever-growing line of DC series to get a pilot order. Now we wait and see how production goes and, eventually, find out if Fox wants a full season. In the meantime, who do you think should play the title role?
(Via The Wrap)