There was a lot of excitement when Fox announced they were making a television adaptation of Lucifer, the Sandman spin-off comic book series. However, there was also confusion and concern about the announcement. Fox was planning to make a TV show about Lucifer, the ruler of hell, and we all saw how a network could fumble the ball with something like this when they couldn’t make Constantine work.

Well,¬†Deadline reported today that Lucifer¬†has cast Tom Ellis (Rush) in the lead role. That isn’t the troubling part of the news. Check out the synopsis description:

Lucifer (Ellis), the Lord of Hell, bored and unhappy, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals.


Wait, what?

Lucifer is a comic book spin-off from Sandman, the amazing Neil Gaiman creation. Basically, the start of that synopsis is true – Lucifer is bored and resigns from Hell, and heads to Los Angeles. At this point, he opened a piano bar in Los Angeles and, with the help of his female consort, he was a charming, Machiavellian character whose actions only benefits himself. However, he also refuses to lie, always pays back his debts and keeps his word.

But, he never once cared about helping the police solve crimes. It sounds like Lucifer is going to be a supernatural Castle and not look anything like the comic book series it is based on.

And, that is a true disappointment.