DC’s foothold in the TV game got exponentially bigger with the potential for yet another Arrow spinoff for The CW, but FOX too is making strides toward its comic future. Following the pilot greenlight of Neil Gaiman Sandman spinoff Lucifer, FOX has appointed Rush star Tom Ellis as our new Prince of Darkness.

Executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Sleepy Hollow EP Len Wiseman under writer Tom Kapinos (Californication), FOX’s Lucifer will feature Ellis as the bored and unhappy Lord of Hell, who he resigns the throne and abandons his kingdom for the “gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles,” helping the LAPD fight crime and punish criminals. (via Deadline)

The David Bowie-styled Lucifer was originally imagined in DC-Vertigo comic book series The Sandman, where the fallen angel instead opened an exclusive LA-set piano bar named “Lux.” The project won’t have any actual connection to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s take on the Sandman character, which itself hasn’t moved much further in recent months.

Occult comic characters have proven somewhat more difficult to launch on network TV, NBC’s Constantine proving a notable example, but will FOX have any more luck with Lucifer? Is Tom Ellis suited to the role as our new fallen angel anti-hero?

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