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Amazon teases The Boys adaptation by recreating comic cover in live action

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Sep 26, 2018, 3:07 PM EDT

When Evan Goldberg said Amazon’s upcoming adaptation of The Boys would be “grounded in reality,” we knew he meant the show would be dark and gritty. What we didn’t know was that it also apparently meant it wouldn’t shy away from the comic book series on which the show is based.

Take Amazon’s first promotional image for The Boys, which hit Twitter today. Not only do we get a nice look at the cast; we’re also treated to a remarkably faithful live-action recreation of the comic book cover for Issue #1, which debuted back in 2006. Check out both versions below:

The Boys Issue No 1

Dynamite Comics

As you can see, cast members Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Karen Fukuhara, Anthony Starr, and Jessie Usher can stare you down with just as much attitude as their comics counterparts. Amazon didn’t reveal much accompanying information with the photo, but this looks like a clear sign that the studio isn’t shying away from connecting the show with its comic book roots.

Set in a world where superheroes’ power and fame has corrupted them into the world’s biggest bullies, The Boys follows its titular, government-led black ops team as it tries to put a stop to the offending superheroes’ abuse of power. In addition to Urban, Quaid, Fukuhara, Starr, and Usher, The Boys also stars Jennifer Esposito, Elisabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, and Nathan Mitchell.

Adapted from Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s landmark comic series, and 
executive-produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (who’ve already teamed up for Preacher, AMC’s successful genre-bender), The Boys hasn’t yet been given a specific release date — but Amazon plans to debut the show sometime next year.