The new teaser trailer for Amazon’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s irreverent, anti-superhero comic book series The Boys offers up more stylized hyper violence and the series’ premiere date. Produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke serving as showrunner, the new series looks as though it will take advantage of the streaming service’s deep pockets, lining up not only a great cast that includes Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, and Elizabeth Shue, but also boasts the sort of special effects that help underline the superhero-ness of it all.
The series has been in the works for some time, with Rogen and Goldberg working to make The Boys the second of Ennis’s comics work they would adapt - the first being AMC’s Preacher. That seres proved the impudent humor seen in the likes of Superbad, This is the End, and Pineapple Express meshed well with Ennis’s blend of outrageous violence and brazen laughs, so as the saying goes, “one good turn deserves another.”
Even for those unfamiliar with the comic book series, it will be evident from the new teaser trailer just how different The Boys is from Preacher. For starters, the series is a cheeky look at the world’s obsession with superheroes, and from the widespread over-saturation of superhero-centric films and TV, it seems like 2019 is the perfect time to launch the show. Check out the violence- and profanity-filled new trailer along with a synopsis of the series below:
“The Boys is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes – who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods – abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about The Seven, and Vought – the multi-billion dollar conglomerate that manages these superheroes and covers up all of their dirty secrets. The Boys are Hughie (Jack Quaid, “The Hunger Games”), Billy Butcher (Karl Urban, “Star Trek”), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso, “Detroit”), Frenchie (Tomer Capon, “Hostages”), and The Female (Karen Fukuhara, “Suicide Squad”). Simon Pegg (“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”) guest stars as Hughie’s father.”
From the look of the trailer, Urban and Starr are in competition to see who can appear to be more “on one” than the other. While Starr is clearly having fun playing a god-like sociopath posing as a hero, his bearded counterpart is relishing the no-holds-barred aspect of his character as well. The result looks to be a fun new series that’s every bit as wild and unpredictable at the comic on which it is based.
The Boys premieres Friday, July 26 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.