Starz has an exciting roster lined up for 2013, including the final season of 'Spartacus: War of the Damned,' and another year for 'Magic City,' but one of the more inventive projects that have caught our eye is that of historical thriller 'Da Vinci's Demons.' The David Goyer-penned project certainly inverts what we've come to picture of the storied inventor, but what does Goyer himself have to say? And what does the latest trailer for 'Da Vinci's Demons' reveal?

Because all inventors are sexy action heroes, Starz has conjured up yet another trailer for its forthcoming 'Da Vinci's Demons,' now set to premiere on April 12, 2013. A thrilling re-imagining along the lines of Starz’ other soon-to-end tentpole ‘Spartacus: War of the Damned,’ ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ is penned by ‘The Dark Knight‘ scribe David S. Goyer and chronicles the action-packed youth of history’s famed inventor (Tom Riley), as he “sets knowledge free, defies authority and throws himself into the future, forever changing the fate of mankind.”

Goyer himself was recently on hand at the TCA press tour for the series, explaining a few of the historical deviations, and even likening Da Vinci to some of the other superheroes he'd written, including Batman and 'Man of Steel.' "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," Goyer claims. "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...

[Da Vinci was] also an inventor and war engineer. He was a writer and swordsman and there are stories about being able to bend iron bars with his bare hands.

Airing on Starz, Goyer was sure to specify that 'Demons' wouldn't skimp on the sex scenes, though other aspects of Da Vinci's sexuality might be explored as well. The series will feature numerous historical figures popping up, regardless of their accuracy, including that of "Dracula" inspiration Vlad Dracul!

We've included the new trailer for 'Da Vinci's Demons below, so take a look and let us know if you'll tune in when the series premiers on Friday, April 12!

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