Get ready for a new kind of superhero show, because Amazon is bringing Garth Ennis's The Boys to life on the small screen! Following the success of AMC's Preacher, The Boys is hitting Amazon's streaming service this year, with a darkly funny and extremely adult take on superheroes, vigilantes, and absolute power corrupting absolutely. The cast appeared at New York Comic Con with a first look at the upcoming show, and to talk about what we can expect from this latest super-show, which promises to be like nothing fans have ever seen before.
The Boys takes place in a world where superheroes exist, and are revered as celebrities for their powers. However, these superheroes have a dark side - behind closed doors, they are drug addicts, abusers, and incredibly over-sexed, and the people who celebrate them would be shocked to know what happens behind closed doors. A group of humans does know, however, and this gang is dedicated to taking revenge on the supes for the crimes they get away with thanks to their status.
Created by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and Erik Kripke, and starring Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, Karen Fukuhara as The Female, Jack Quaid as Hughie, and Simon Pegg as Hughie's Dad, the show is due to premiere in 2019. While The Boys does not have a release date yet, we've got everything you need to know about what's coming up.
- This Page: The Boys' Story And Characters
- Page 2: The Boys' Changes From The Comics
The Boys' Cast and Characters
The Boys themselves are a vigilante gang of (mostly) humans, who use weapons, tech, and the occasional extra boost to give themselves a chance against the supes of this universe. They are led by Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), and the gang includes The Female (Karen Fukuhara) - a violent and mostly silent killer, Mother's Milk (Laz Alonso) - the voice of reason in the group, The Frenchman (actor yet to be confirmed), and Hughie (Jack Quaid) the new recruit who is just getting starting to understand what the supes get up to.
The Seven are the world's biggest team of superheroes, a satire on DC's Justice League. We got our first look at this team at NYCC, and while the heroes may appear to be direct plays on specific Marvel/DC superheroes at first, it quickly becomes apparent that they are in a league of their own. The Seven is led by Homelander (Anthony Starr) - Butcher's nemesis, alongside Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell), Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), the speedster A-Train (Jessie T Usher), The Deep (Chace Crawford), Jack From Jupiter (unconfirmed) and newbie Starlight (Erin Moriarty).
As well as these two teams duking it out, expect to get to know some of the previous team members (from both The Boys and The Seven), some minor-league supes, and the government and commercial organizations that have their hands in the superhero game. With the basic characters out of the way, what else can you expect from The Boys?
The Boys Is Definitely Not A Kids Show
First up, The Boys is very much an adult-oriented series, and fans can expect plenty of gore, sex, and swearing throughout. The comic series was described as written to 'out-Preacher Preacher', and it looks like the TV show is going to do the same - with Amazon allowing the creators to include a lot more adult content than AMC could for the Preacher series. Star Karl Urban confirmed that it would be 'hard R' rated,
Q: Are you toning [The Boys] down in a similar way [to Preacher] for this?
Evan Goldberg: NO. No, Amazon lets you go nuts.
Erik Kripke: Although, I got a hilarious note on one of the scripts, and I just want to know who did the legwork. ‘There’s 50 f**ks in this script, and can we get down to a four in front of that number’, and I was like ‘let me look, I don’t know’. [LAUGHS]