Lucifer: 10 Things That Were Re-Written For The Series
Lucifer is a Netflix series we just can't get enough of. The show is an adaptation of a story we're all too familiar with - an evil fallen angel whose mission is to bring total destruction to those on Earth. But, try not to feel like you're committing a sin by enjoying all the drama and evil, it's total fiction!
The series is originally a comic and it has been switched up a bit to fit a TV series format. You might be wondering what changes have been made so we've put together everything you need to know. Find out how Lucifer got rid of Amenadiel in the original comic and how the Chloe character was created for the series.
CHLOE DOESN'T EXIST IN THE COMICS?
It is said that Lucifer is a very loose adaptation of the DC Comic series written by Neil Gaiman - but who would've thought that the only similarities between the original and the show would be the character's names and Lucifer’s daddy issues!
Speaking of the characters - most of them never even existed in the graphic novel! Chloe Decker, the LAPD detective that Lucifer is so obsessed with helping in the show, was never a central character in the comics! In fact, she was created by writers specifically for the series!
Lucifer is fascinated by her resistance to his Devilish powers, which set the foundation for their romantic storyline the audience is so hooked on! By contrast, in the comics, Lucifer has multiple lovers such as goddesses and badass demons. The Lord of Hell stays true to his nature and feels no remorse or love toward any particular human.
NOBODY LOOKS LIKE THEIR COMIC-BOOK CHARACTERS?
Now we cannot miss an opportunity to dive into the visual part of the series. You might be surprised to hear that Neil Gaiman, the writer of the graphic novel, actually modeled Lucifer after the most influential musician of the 20th century, David Bowie! Yes, you read that right!
Lucifer was meant to have blond locks, chiseled facial features, and blue eyes to correspond with his image as an archangel. I bet even Netflix's budget cannot afford that much CGI to create the look on Tom Ellis. Unlike her bestie, the demon Mazikeen's looks are spot on!
In the series, Maze retained her black hair and frightening side of her face that is mutilated and scarred. What about Amenadiel? Well, there are way more similarities between Henry Cavill’s Witcher and the comics’ version of Amenadiel than with the Amenadiel on the show!
Safe to say: the casting directors chose acting talent over the sketches in the DC novel and we stan! On top of that, the writers took almost nothing from the comics - including Amenadiel's storyline. Let's take a look at some of the changes.
AMENADIEL'S ORIGINAL FATE WAS WAY TOO GRIM!
Firstly, Amenadiel is described as one of the most powerful angels, but not a very gifted one intellectually. He is more of a brute driven against Lucifer by his loyalty to God. That’s why in the comics, the relationship between Amenadiel and Lucifer takes a different turn!
He hates Lucifer - but more than that, he is determined to destroy him in the name of God! There is no way he would side with the Lord of Hell, assist him, and betray his holy obligations. In the DC Universe, instead of becoming a father to a half-angel as it happened in season 3, Amenadiel enters Hell to fight Lucifer.
No matter what he does he can never outsmart the Devil and eventually loses his life to him. No love story with Linda, no companionship with Lucifer, no weepy moments of losing his wings, and not even nearly becoming a dad -- none of it was in the novel!
WHY DID LUCIFER LEAVE HELL?
In the series, the narrative says that Lucifer made an independent decision to switch from Hell to the world of mortals because he was bored - which was not the case in the novel! In the original, Lucifer felt it was unfair that he had to take responsibility for ruling hell just because he once rebelled.
He was also tired of people blaming him for their sins: ‘’Why do they blame me for all their little failings? They use my name as if I spent my entire day sitting on their shoulders, forcing them to commit acts they would otherwise find repulsive. 'The Devil made me do it.' I have never made any one of them do anything.
Never. They live their own lives. I do not live their lives for them.’’ Yet it was an outside influence that pushed him to quit. Dream, who is an older-than-the-gods powerful being, embarrassed Lucifer by saying that every resident in Hell is merely there dreaming of Heaven. The words angered and offended Lucifer and encouraged him to resign from his position.
SCREW ALTRUISM - LUCIFER HAD NONE OF IT!
In both universes, Lucifer had enough of Hell and left to start a new life in the heart of debauchery in LA. After that - the novel and the script parted ways. According to the comics, Lucifer’s purpose in life was determined in the pilot after his female friend was shot dead in front of the Lux club.
That was the point when the whole novel turned into an adventurous crime detective show. Lucifer stepped on his path of justice settler, punishing bad guys while falling in love with his partner, detective Becker. In the original text, Lucifer had none of that altruism in him. He was given a task by God.
Should he complete the task - he can ask for any reward of his choice. It appears that the fallen angel was doing dirty work for Heaven while exploring his morbid curiosity toward humans. Doesn’t seem similar at all? I bet the screenwriters thought that pure evil would not attract as many viewers and that the audience would long for a love story.
MAZE AND LUCIFER'S AFFAIR
Since in the series, the main focus falls on the development of Chloe and Lucifer's relationship, Maze plays the role of a bestie, an ally, or simply a drinking companion. But in the original writing, the two crossed the line of friendship and started off as lovers!
At some point, Lucifer leaves the world for his adventures, and Maze scars his face. She tells him if he heals himself he would be a coward. So, Lucifer lives up to her expectations and leaves it as is. Quite surprising that Lucifer would bow out so easily.
SOCIOPATH IN THE COMICS?!
Are you wondering if it's the same Lucifer from the DC Universe or if the writers just borrowed the title? To answer that, let’s break down his personality in both! The comics portray Lucifer as someone close to a sociopath - with no regard for human life: he is selfish, narcissistic, and vindictive.
And most importantly, Lucifer sees no need to change - thus there were no appointments with a therapist in the comics. The show portrays Lucifer as an anti-hero, mischievous, emotional, and even sympathetic toward human suffering. Satan has feelings and experiences humanity in a way he wasn’t accustomed to before.
The pilot starts the story with a line: ‘’Suddenly, Lucifer starts to wonder if there is hope for his soul’’. Many fans voiced their dislike for the character and how the showrunners made him immature and an inconsistent drama queen. And here is why: in the comics, Lucifer is cold, reticent and it would take a lot of effort to jolt him out of his composure!
He has been ruling Hell for billions of years - there is nothing you can impress or anger him with! Remember the time Lucifer lost his wings? In the DC comics, he took them back by blood. Lucifer is a badass like no other!
He transcends into a different realm, outsmarts demons, and slays gods to get them back - unlike in the series where he got his wings handed back to him just like that. Can that be explained by his lack of superpowers in the show?
LUCIFERS ORIGINAL ABILITIES!
Unlike his blueprint character, TV Lucifer struggles to get himself out of trouble most of the time. He did shelter Chloe from the bullet rain - but he still got his ass kicked by some lady and got himself locked in the fridge. It seems like he is closer to being human in the series. What is the coolest thing he can do? Fly? Extract your guilty pleasure? Flip a coin? Never get drunk?
The last one is a gem, but still! In the series, the showrunners indulge us in an epic fight every now and then but the actual magnitude of the Devil is second to none in the comics! Not only can he control time, matter, souls, and minds - he can even warp reality! He is the Devil for God’s sake!
HELL: HOME SWEET HOME
Another particular detail that didn’t sit well with the writers is his relationship with Hell. After the Lord of the Damned left his throne, Hell slowly began disintegrating without its ruler. We see how in the series God is begging Lucifer to return. The writers spend 4 seasons trying to get him back home.
Eventually, the Devil's duties put him at a crossroads, making him choose between his love interest Chloe and his niche as the Lord of the Damned. In the comics though, Hell is doing just fine without its Devil. And that is because in the novel God thought that outcome through way before it even happened.
The Creator convinced two angels to come and negotiate Lucifer's return, which appeared to be his way of tricking them into ruling the Kingdom. Lucifer does not feel homesick after his retirement - moreover, he creates his own reality! Let’s talk more about that!
LUCIFER'S ENDING REVEALED?
We are still patiently expecting season 5 but for now, we are left wondering what will happen after Lucifer goes back to preside in Hell. In the Lucifer spin-off series created by Mike Carey, such an outcome was not even an option.
The Fallen Angel decided to explore the possibility of creating his own universe. Using his superpowers, Lucifer created his own realm and tried to re-enact the story of Adam and Eve. Not only that, but he also aimed to avoid the mistakes that God made in his version.
God made another effort to unite with his son and offered to merge their beings together to finally understand each other, but Lucifer rejected that idea and left the Creation to explore the undefined Void beyond.