Karen Fukuhara, perhaps best known for portraying Katana in the 2016 DCEU movie Suicide Squad, has been cast as The Female in Amazon's forthcoming adaptation of The Boys. Written by Preacher scribe Garth Ennis and illustrated by Darick Robertson, The Boys is a tale of what happens when superheroes go wildly out of control. In a world where superpowers are rife and those who wield them are more interested in sex, fame and power than saving the world, The Boys are a last resort group of humans who the authorities turn to in order to keep the cape-wearing mob in check. Led by lovable cockney Billy Butcher, the group comprises of Mother's Milk, The Frenchman, The Female and newcomer Hughie, who joins the group after his girlfriend is a brutal victim of superhero collateral damage.
The live-action TV adaptation of The Boys was developed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg - the duo who worked on another Ennis adaptation for AMC, Preacher - alongside Eric Kripke, creator of Supernatural. In late 2017, it was announced that Amazon had picked up The Boys to series and ordered an eight episode first season. Among the cast members confirmed so far are Jack Quaid as Hughie, Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk and Dominique McElligott as Queen Maeve, a renowned superhero with crippling addiction issues.
Another key member of the cast has now been confirmed, as Deadline is reporting that Karen Fukuhara will be playing Boys member, The Female. In the comics, The Female is near-silent but arguably the deadliest member of the team. Deceptive in appearance, The Female's brutal methods are shocking even by The Boys' standards and hint at a troubled past. Her hobbies include animals and working for the mafia.
Those who watched Suicide Squad will know that Fukuhara's Katana isn't wildly dissimilar in character to The Female. Both are physically unassuming but deadly assassins whose actions speak louder than their words. The overriding difference between the two is that Katana is driven by her moral code and desire to avenge her late husband, whereas The Female is driven by instinct. While Katana didn't have a huge role in Suicide Squad, enough of Fukuhara's character was seen to know that she should be a solid choice for The Boys, despite her relative inexperience as an actress.
With the cast list looking stronger and stronger, the real question hanging over Amazon's take on The Boys is how closely the show will stick to the tone of the comics. Garth Ennis' story takes the concept of "mature content" to impressive new heights and certainly isn't a comic for young readers. While AMC allowed a fair amount of the Preacher comic's adult themes onto TV, The Boys is an entirely different beast and the streaming service will need to be careful so as to not serve up a version that is overly watered down.
The Boys is due for release on Amazon in 2019.