Soon after fans have said their goodbyes to the epic drama that is Spartacus, Starz will premiere its newest action-adventure series Da Vinci's Demons, hoping those who followed the bloody adventures of Spartacus, Crixus and Gannicus will tune in for some swashbuckling excitement led by another of history's legendary figures: Leonardo da Vinci.
Although da Vinci isn't necessarily celebrated for his sword-swinging exploits, having a particularly well-groomed beard or matinee idol good looks, that hasn't stopped series creator and writer David S. Goyer from re-imagining him that way. In the featurette above, Goyer goes into some detail explaining how the series sees da Vinci as a kind of superhero character, and we are offered a few brief glimpses of the adventures the young Renaissance man will be getting into.
Meanwhile, other members of the cast and crew discuss Goyer's vision, while the series creator pins down all the other characters in popular culture this depiction of da Vinci is reminiscent of. If the comparisons made to Indiana Jones, Batman and Sherlock Holmes are any indication there will certainly be an interesting mix of action and intellect on display during the series' upcoming run.
Starz explains the series in the following statement:
"Tom Riley (Monroe, I Want Candy) brings Leonard da Vinci to life in “Da Vinci's Demons,” a historical fantasy following the ‘untold’ story of the world's greatest genius during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence. Brilliant and passionate, the twenty-five year old Leonardo da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist. As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time. He begins to not only see the future, but invent it.
The series also stars Laura Haddock (The Inbetweeners Movie, Honest, Captain America: The First Avenger) who plays the celebrated beauty with obscure motives, Lucrezia Donati, Elliot Cowan (Marchlands, The Fixer, Lost in Austen) who plays the shrewd de factor ruler of Florence, Lorenzo Medici, Lara Pulver (True Blood, Sherlock, Robin Hood), who plays his wife Clarice Orsini and Blake Ritson (RocknRolla, Titus, World Without End) as Pope Sixtus’ (played by James Faulkner) ruthless bastard son, Count Riario."
Since being involved in Christopher Nolan's monumental Batman films, as well as writing this summer's increasingly great-looking depiction of Superman, in Man of Steel, Goyer's stock may never have been higher than it is right now – a fact the network is wisely taking full advantage of in promoting the series. While this isn't Goyer's first foray into television, it is his writing duties on big-budget superhero flicks for which he is best known. In that regard, Goyer's assertion that Da Vinci's Demons will be more like an "eight-hour movie" than a standard television show may make it more appealing to fans of his work.
Da Vinci's Demons certainly looks to be a fun addition to Starz' unique line-up. At any rate, maybe the series will strike a chord with audiences and Leonardo da Vinci will prove to be the next big superhero phenomenon.
Da Vinci's Demons premieres Friday, April 12 @10pm on Starz.