9 April 2013 9:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

David S. Goyer is best known for his superhero stories -- he wrote the screenplays for "Batman Begins," "Blade" and the upcoming "Man of Steel," among others. So of course, though his new drama "Da Vinci's Demons" is about an actual human historical figure, he's managed to find something larger than life and extraordinary in the Renaissance painter, inventor and all-around genius. Played by Tom Riley, the Leonardo Da Vinci of the show is an illegitimate, restless twentysomething who gets caught up in the societal intrigues of Florence, the Vatican and a mysterious group called the Sons of Mithras. With a cast that includes Laura Haddock ("Upstairs Downstairs"), Blake Ritson ("The Crimson Petal and the White"), Lara Pulver ("Sherlock") and Alexander Siddig ("Cairo Time"), the series blends period facts with touches of fantasy and unapologetically crowd-pleasing scandal, sex and occasional sword fights. "Downton Abbey" this is not -- nor is it Goyer's. »

- Alison Willmore

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