For 'A.D. The Bible Continues' star Emmett Scanlan, Jesus was the first superhero.

Following in the footsteps of the 2013 History miniseries “The Bible,” “A.D. The Bible Continues” tells the story of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and everything that followed.
For Emmett Scanlan — who stars in “A.D.” as Saul and also appears on “Constantine” as Jim Corrigan — the story is reminscent of the comic books he continues to read as an adult. “As a kid, growing up, a good Catholic Irish boy, I went to mass every Sunday,” he tells Zap2it at the 2015 winter press tour. “For me, before Marvel and before DC, there was [Jesus Christ]. He was, for me, the first superhero. That was the first story where the images you’re told as a kid blow you away.”
While many may point to “A.D.” as a religious story aimed squarely at the Christian population, Scanlan believes it goes deeper than that. “It’s a religious series, yes. It should be celebrated, absolutely. We shouldn’t shy away from that, for sure,” he explains. “But whether you’re religious or not, replace that word religious with faith or hope. It’s capable of touching not just you, not just me, but f***ing everybody.”
“Whether we like or not, whether we’re a believer or not, directly or indirectly, the world has been shaped by Christianity,” he adds. “It’s an essential story to tell.”
“A.D. The Bible Continues” debuts the first of its six installments on Sunday, April 5, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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