Lucifer season 5: Showrunner hints regret at not including comic book favourite ‘I tried!’

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While the fantastical Fox and Netflix crime series remains one of the biggest and best television dramas in recent years, the show was actually based on a DC Comics character originally created by Neil Gaiman. Co-showrunner Joe Henderson recently admitted he was unable to fit his favourite Lucifer character into the crime-solving devil’s small screen adaptation.

The Biblical police procedural was originally based on an offshoot of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic books, which is also due to be adapted soon.

While the Tom Ellis starring TV drama is a loose interpretation of Mike Carey’s spin-off series, it does contain a number of elements from the Vertigo series.

Unfortunately, showrunner Joe Henderson, a self-proclaimed fan of Lucifer’s original comic book run, failed to include his favourite character, Gaudium, in the live action adaptation.

He recently told Word Balloon: “OK, I tried. I really tried.”

“My favourite character, I just couldn’t figure out how to make it work.”

A fan favourite from the comic books, many Lucifer aficionados were still hoping for an appearance from Gaudium before the series ends with its sixth season.

In the original series, Gaudium is depicted as a fallen cherub and assistant to the archangel Michael, introduced in the television show as Lucifer’s twin brother.

Gaudium was assigned to Michael to protect Lucifer’s niece Elaine Belloc from the villainous Cestis, two characters who also failed to show up in the TV show.

Henderson explained: “I lost. I tried. But honestly, the thing is, it’s such a great character.

“I want to do them justice. And I just couldn’t find the right way to do it.”

Although Gaudium never made a physical appearance, diehard fans of the series may recall a brief reference to the character back in Lucifer’s third season.

While the devil and his detective partner Chloe Decker (Lauren German) were dealing with their new boss, Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling), the LAPD’s new Lieutenant was hiding a dark secret of his own.

Eventually unmasked as the Biblical Cain, the world’s first murderer, it’s revealed in episode three, ‘Mr. And Mrs. Mazikeen Smith’, that Pierce had been collecting files on celestial beings.

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Among them, Gaudium is mentioned as one of the beings he’s been investigating, raising the hopes of some fans that the character could eventually appear.

Sadly it wasn’t to be, and it appears the character won’t be showing their face in the remaining eighteen episodes of the series, either.

Still, the television adaptation has managed to win over countless fans despite taking extensive artistic liberties with the source material.

While Gaudium and Elaine Belloc won’t be introduced in live action any time soon, Henderson was able to confirm series favourite Trixie Espinoza (Scarlett Estevez) will play a pivotal role in the remaining instalments.

The showrunner said: “Fans will still definitely get their Trixie fix.

“We adore Scarlett and shuffled things around a bit to make sure we could keep the tale of the future President of Mars going!”

Additionally, once the popular Netflix series comes to an end, Game of Thrones alum Gwendoline Christie will be taking over as Lucifer for a more accurate adaptation of the Sandman comics.

Lucifer season 5, part 2 premieres on Friday, May 28 on Netflix.

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