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Check out the trailer for David S. Goyer's Starz series, Da Vinci's Demons

01.07.2013

Who knew that Leonardo Da Vinci kicked so much ass? No one! But that doesn't mean that we can't mess with our history books a little bit, and make someone that already did something great, do something greater.

On whole as a channel, Starz usually lets me down. You realize after having movie channels for so long that you're just seeing the same endless stream of crap over and over again. I have yet to see a series that Starz has put out, but might change that for David S. Goyer's DA VINCI'S DEMONS. Goyer, as you know, wrote scripts for DARK CITY, BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT, and several others is getting another chance to take on some directing responsibilities with this new series. He's written as well as produced on the project as well.

The show stars Tom Riley as a sexy and bad ass version of Leonardo Da Vinci. Goyer told THR that the series drew inspiration from modern day comic book films:

"We've embellished it with what I'm calling historical fantasy; he had an incredible life and we didn't have to embellish as much as you'd think. I didn't want to do Ye Olde Historical Drama; I wanted to do something historical, viewed through a modern prism... Da Vinci is kind of superhero-y, there are so many legends and tall tales about him. People have said aside from Christ he's the most recognizable figure in the world. My approach wasn't unsimilar to adapting Batman and Superman -- obviously we did a lot more research."

Check out the trailer below.

The writer also spoke with Access Hollywood about why he is proud of MAN OF STEEL:

"I'm really proud of it, I never thought I would be doing a Superman film, but I think the only possible way to top myself or ourselves on Batman is to tackle Superman who's kind of the Granddaddy of all the superheroes. He's trickier, it's kind of easier doing a dark character who doesn't have any super powers but I'm really proud of what we've done and I can't wait for people to see it. I think the movie is going to be the right movie for the times. I'm happy that movie is coming out in the summer, because I think it's the kind of movie that the world needs right now."

Source: BlastrGeekTyrant

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1:56AM on 01/09/2013

ugh

this guy shouldn't be allowed to direct anything. lost my vote ever since blade:trinity
this guy shouldn't be allowed to direct anything. lost my vote ever since blade:trinity
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8:46AM on 01/08/2013
I have mixed feelings about da Vinci's Demons and fiction like it. On one hand, historical fiction has taught me a lot of real history and encouraged me to investigate the real history presented in a fictional plot's setting. Furthermore, these re-imaginings can be very, very fun. For example, Superman and Captain America did not fight in WWII, but they did in classic comic adventures. Elvis did not live to fight an Egyptian mummy, but he did in the outstanding Bubba Ho-Tep.
However, I worry
I have mixed feelings about da Vinci's Demons and fiction like it. On one hand, historical fiction has taught me a lot of real history and encouraged me to investigate the real history presented in a fictional plot's setting. Furthermore, these re-imaginings can be very, very fun. For example, Superman and Captain America did not fight in WWII, but they did in classic comic adventures. Elvis did not live to fight an Egyptian mummy, but he did in the outstanding Bubba Ho-Tep.
However, I worry about three things with Hollywood's current trend of historical tall tales. One, these works revise history for current politics and markets. For example, Henry the 8th was not the skinny guy in The Tudors, but he needs to be to be a sexually-attractive protagonist of today. The n-word (and other forms of racism) is part of American history, but multiple recent movies act as thought the word never commonly existed in the past. Two, these works risk presenting misinformation. What happens when a viewer mistakes the film's plot for the real history? Granted, literature has taken poetic license for millenia. However, what occurs in society when moviegoers consistently do not have correct knowledge of history. For example, Fat Man and Little Boy includes a sub-plot in which Manhattan Project scientists know all about radiation sickness before they use the atomic bomb. In reality, no such events and pre-existing knowledge existed before Hiroshima. Three, these movies have a potentially puerile agenda. They present legends instead of "legitimate" history. In turn, societal members might know the legends/myth/fiction, but they do not know the scientifc and actual events of real life. I dislike the phrase "dumbing things down" for people. But, I do worry that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, et. al. present history in overly childish, unsophisticated ways. Ideally, people study and enjoy both their fictional literature and their history books. They have powerful, complex minds that way.
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10:46AM on 01/08/2013
I agree with most of what you're saying. I'm not a big fan either when studios decide to distort the truth/history in order to make a more compelling story that fits into their budget or need to fill a gap. For instance, turning Leonardo da Vinci and Abraham Lincoln into action heroes. However, your comment about the Tudors is a little off. If you do an extensive history search on Henry VIII you will know that he was quite athletic in his younger years (the time the Tudors takes place). It
I agree with most of what you're saying. I'm not a big fan either when studios decide to distort the truth/history in order to make a more compelling story that fits into their budget or need to fill a gap. For instance, turning Leonardo da Vinci and Abraham Lincoln into action heroes. However, your comment about the Tudors is a little off. If you do an extensive history search on Henry VIII you will know that he was quite athletic in his younger years (the time the Tudors takes place). It wasn't until he was older that he developed a disease or condition in his leg that prevented him from being active (i.e. hunting), and resulted in him putting on a lot of weight and resembling the common image of Henry VIII everyone is familiar with today. So The Tudors is a case where the studios actually got things quite right.
8:37AM on 01/08/2013

get the fuck outta here

goyer is a decent 'big idea' guy but it you leave him in charge all by himself, you get shit like this. someone put the brakes on that man before he rides that TDK credit too far.
goyer is a decent 'big idea' guy but it you leave him in charge all by himself, you get shit like this. someone put the brakes on that man before he rides that TDK credit too far.
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1:23AM on 01/08/2013
Wow, lot of negative comments. I guess people aren't down with the guilt pleasures. I'll be the black sheep. This looks fun. I've enjoyed Starz Spartacus series and I'm willing to give this a shot. I'm a sucker for these kinds of shows that mess with history and this looks pretty nifty, so I'll check it out. No idea if it will be any good at all, but I'll at least check it out. Plus, I trust Goyer.
Wow, lot of negative comments. I guess people aren't down with the guilt pleasures. I'll be the black sheep. This looks fun. I've enjoyed Starz Spartacus series and I'm willing to give this a shot. I'm a sucker for these kinds of shows that mess with history and this looks pretty nifty, so I'll check it out. No idea if it will be any good at all, but I'll at least check it out. Plus, I trust Goyer.
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11:23PM on 01/07/2013

LOL

That looks hideous on every level. Dumb idea to begin with.
That looks hideous on every level. Dumb idea to begin with.
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9:16PM on 01/07/2013

DAMNNN

I got bored quick
I got bored quick
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9:05PM on 01/07/2013

A few things that bugs me...

First of all, last names weren't used back them the same way they are used today. Leonardo da Vinci (small d) means Leonardo from the town of Vinci - he's not Mr. Da Vinci.

Also, I don't mind naked women but wasn't he gay?
First of all, last names weren't used back them the same way they are used today. Leonardo da Vinci (small d) means Leonardo from the town of Vinci - he's not Mr. Da Vinci.

Also, I don't mind naked women but wasn't he gay?
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9:00PM on 01/07/2013
Looks like a cheap rip-off of Assassin's Creed 2
Looks like a cheap rip-off of Assassin's Creed 2
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8:50PM on 01/07/2013

Ehhhh

Not sure which is worse, the story or the production quality.
Not sure which is worse, the story or the production quality.
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