Fox's adaptation of the former Vertigo comic book, Lucifer, has run into a predictable stumbling block, several months before it even airs. Ticketed for a 2016 launch, Lucifer, starring Tom Ellis as the fallen angel-turned-club owner/vigilante, has been targeted, unsurprisingly, by One Million Moms, a division of the American Family Association. Apparently, no one associated with the AFA or OMM has even read a page of the long-defunct book, which was a spin-off from Neil Gaiman's award-winning The Sandman. They think DC/Vertigo, Gaiman, et al, have made a mockery of the Bible.
Comic Book Resources reported the following:
One Million Moms, an organization that attempts to combat "negative influences" in entertainment media, has set its sights on Fox's "Lucifer" series and hopes to convince the network to cancel it with a petition.
The petition describes the show as "a new series which will glorify Satan as a caring, likable person in human flesh."
"The series will focus on Lucifer portrayed as a good guy, 'who is bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell,'" it continues. "He resigns his throne, abandons his kingdom and retires to Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals."
Like Fox's other DC Comics entry, Gotham, Lucifer would certainly merit a TV-14 rating when it launches next year. Gaiman, for his part, noted that the AFA had threatened a boycott of The Sandman when it debuted more than 20 years ago, but it didn't work. I find it odd that none of the watchdogs said anything about NBC's ill-fated Constantine last year, but the AFA & OMM, based in the Bible Belt, has a collective cow over Lucifer. There are few Biblical connotations in Gaiman's work, if at all. He did, however, reimagine DC's former horror hosts, Cain & Abel, as their Biblical namesakes, to use one example.
All the OMM and AFA are doing is extending their 15 minutes to get attention. Maybe they should read the books first before passing irresponsible judgments.