Today FOX released the first trailer for their new DC/Vertigo adaptation of LUCIFER. Here's the trailer, take a look!
Behind the Story
Originally written in 1989 as a supporting character to Neil Gaiman's iconic SANDMAN, Lucifer tells a different story of the biblical fallen angel. It wipes away the demonic horror tones that come from telling a tale involving Satan, and paints a picture of a fun, free-spirited angel who leaves it all behind to start anew.
Lucifer Morningstar leaves his post as the King of Hell, Lord of the Underworld and retires to Los Angeles to run a "club" - choosing to indulge in the mortal temptations of booze and babes. Joined by best friend and confidante, Mazikeen a.k.a. Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt, The Librarians), a demon who is a Lilim, one of the race descended from Lilith, Lucifer decides to try and walk the path of the righteous man in search of the angelic soul buried deep beneath the evil that made him legend. He leaves his throne in hell to a pair of Angels, several demon servants, and at one point SUPERMAN.
Who Is Lucifer?
In the earlier related series The Sandman, written by Neil Gaiman, Lucifer abandoned his lordship over Hell. While Lucifer had previously appeared in various stereotypical guises in earlier DC books, Gaiman's version was premised on English poet and prose writer John Milton's Paradise Lost (at Gaiman's request of the artist, Lucifer looks like David Bowie at the time). In the Sandman series, Lucifer had ruled as Lord of Hell for 10,000,000,000 years after rebelling three seconds after Creation. Over that time, he had manipulated the various demons of Hell against each other, provided a place for dead mortals to be tormented, and led the war against Heaven.
However, at some point during his rule, he had become bored with his existence. He became tired of the various stereotypes and prejudices that mortals held of the Devil, such as the idea that he purchased and traded for souls, which were largely untrue, and that he forced mortals to commit evil acts. He had become tired of his reign over Hell, and felt it an unfair punishment that he should have to rule there forever simply because he once rebelled. In the Sandman story "Season of Mists", Lucifer expels all demons and damned souls from Hell before locking Hell's gates and handing over the key to Hell to Dream of the Endless, the title character of the Sandman series. Eventually, control of Hell was handed over to two angels, Duma (the angel of silence) and Remiel ("set over those who rise"), while Lucifer simply retired to Earth, initially to Perth, Western Australia and later to Los Angeles, California.
By the end of the series, however, it is revealed that Hell was not a punishment, but a gift: being the furthest possible place from God, Lucifer could theoretically be free from predestination and God's omniscience. However, this turned out to be a lie, as God continued to study both Lucifer and Michael Demiurgos during all of eternity (which partly explains how Lucifer felt cheated by his father and simply left Hell into someone else's care). Lucifer never created the physical features of Hell - Hell created itself around him.
The New 52 reinterpretation of Lucifer is much more influenced by traditional Judeo-Christian theology. He is depicted as a malevolent, sadistic, and cunning fallen angel who is the ruler of Hell and seeks to possess human souls. He is held with great respect and fear by the denizens of Hell, who serve and obey him like a king. Lucifer himself however is mostly bored with his existence when the group known as the Demon Knights are captured by him during the early Middle Ages, and passes the time by finding small amusements, such as watching the struggles and falls of Etrigan the Demon.
Lucifer made a more physical appearance in I...Vampire #19 after being tipped by John Constantine in destroying Cain. Lucifer immediately sentences Cain and drags him to Hell. Though a being claiming to be him has appeared in the modern age of DC to the hero Deadman, the current whereabouts and status of Lucifer remain unknown.
Named by IGN as the 68th greatest comic book villain of all time, Lucifer opens the club "LUX," an upscale nightclub where the trailer shows him targeted in a drive-by shooting with a pop star in his arms. Having survived the attempt on his life, he his investigated by LAPD homicide detective Chloe Dancer (Lauren German, Chicago Fire), who questions how Lucifer survived the shooting.
What Are His Powers?
Although the show intends to depict a softer side of the devil, make no mistake -Lucifer Morningstar's power is nothing to challenge. Here is the explantation as stated on WIKI on his powerset:
Lucifer possesses nigh-omnipotent supernatural power; he can shape the matter of Creation into anything he can imagine, including matter, energy, and more abstract concepts such as time. However, he does have certain limitations as he is still a creation of God. He cannot create something out of nothing, unlike his father or brother. In some ways, this makes him the most disadvantaged, though not the weakest, of the archangelic host. He needs existing matter (and where that is unavailable, the Demiurgic power of the Archangel Michael) to provide the foundation for him to shape. Only his brother, the archangel Michael Demiurgos, is his equal in power and only God, his creator and father, is his superior. However, in certain dimensions, he is powerless and his mobility is limited without his angelic wings. He may choose to temporarily abandon his powers, including his immortality. In the story titled Lilith, it is implied that God could destroy him at His own whim - which makes Lucifer sometimes wonder why He hasn't dealt with him already.
He is never without the formidable resources of his brilliant, nigh-omniscient intellect and his unbending will or inner strength, which allowed him to defy and confront his father, Almighty God, without fear or doubt. Although Lucifer's overt exercise of power is limited in the books, if he is provoked to violence, his preference seems to be to use fire as a weapon. His original role was as "God's lamplighter", in which he used his will to condense clouds of hydrogen into star-masses and set them alight. As terrifying as they are brief, battles with Lucifer usually begin (and end) with him drawing down the flames of some superheated star and incinerating to ash anything in the immediate area. However, the true reasons why he favors light and fire are partially explained in the story "Lilith" (from "Lucifer: The Wolf Beneath the Tree").
Lucifer possesses the common powers appropriate to an archangel of his position; incalculable physical strength that rivals the likes of cosmic beings such as Asmodel, Eclipso and the Spectre, nigh omnipresence, invulnerability, flight, acidic blood (or, rather, he bleeds will, as depicted in when he reaches Yggdrasil in "Lucifer: The Wolf Beneath the Tree"), a devastating sonic cry, telepathy, and the power to speak to and understand animals. As an archangel, his powers are significantly superior to other angels.
In the New 52 reboot, Lucifer is shown to possess power over the human soul itself. However, he has no power over animal souls. He can open and close magical portals to Earth from Hell and back again. He can use this power to either summon or banish demons, as he does with Etrigan. He is clairvoyant, possessing a heightened perception or knowledge of time, even to the extent of being able to know the future.
Of course, this isn't the first time we've been treated to a Lucifer storyline in mainstream television. One of the most entertaining depictions of the devil came via SUPERNATURAL when Mark Pellegrino played the character.
If the show remains true to the Vertigo storyline, FOX may have something devilish here in the making.
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