Should “Lucifer” Feature More Adult Content When it Returns on Netflix?

Matthew Loffhagen
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When “Lucifer” returns on Netflix, don’t be too surprised if it is more adult in nature.

Speaking about the show’s upcoming revival on the streaming service, showrunners Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson have expressed excitement about getting to make “Lucifer” a lot sexier and more violent in future.

Apparently, when the show was at Fox, there was always a clash between what the shows’ creators wanted to get away with, and what the network would allow. Specifically, there were arguments about lead actor Tom Ellis’ butt.

Because, of course there were.

Apparently, there was a point in the first season where the showrunners desperately wanted to show off a naked Lucifer’s backside, but Fox shot down the idea.

Said Modorovich:

“He’s got a wonderful, wonderful booty, so why not show it? But we couldn’t.”

So, with the new Netflix revival, the show will embrace a little of the more risqué stuff they couldn’t do previously.

This also involves taking the blood and gore from the show’s violent scenes to a new height. Lucifer’s about to get a lot more scary.

The natural next question is: how far should the show go?

Sympathy for the Devil

With Netflix, it’s possible to do whatever the creators want. Censorship rules don’t exist in the same way that they do for broadcast television, and the platform is more or less a free-for-all in terms of sex, violence, and everything else fun.

At the same time, I worry about taking a show that has previously held to a specific content threshold, and completely throwing caution to the wind.

“Lucifer” often hints at certain acts (we’ll stay nice and vague here) that I imagine the majority of its audience wouldn’t want to see played out on-screen. There’s something to be said for keeping some of the more gross stuff away from the cameras.

That said, considering that this is a show about the literal devil living out all of his weirdest fantasies, I suppose there’s no better show to devolve into explicit material.

This, though, could end up turning off a large chunk of the show’s previous audience, which probably isn’t in anyone’s interest.

It remains to be seen just what level of sex and violence the new “Lucifer” will aim for. I won’t be surprised if it goes a little too far for some viewers.

But, then, you’re watching a show about sexy Satan. What do you expect?!

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