After releasing a spot-on live-action recreation of the comic’s first cover, The Boys TV show coming to Amazon from Preacher producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg looks to take on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s dark superhero takedown with utmost fidelity -- even when that means getting messy. Superheroes are spoiled, corrupt superstars in this world and the government-backed vigilantes out to keep them in check are just as imperfect, violent, and utterly engrossing.
At the show’s NYCC panel, showrunner Eric Kripke and Goldberg sat down with stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Karen Fukuhara, Laz Alonso, Antony Star, Chace Crawford, and Erin Moriarty to talk about the upcoming show and reveal a first look at the adaptation. Who are these Boys? And who’re the parodic Justice League, aka the Seven they’re out to stop? Before we find out, they sent out a video to watch.
A commercial for Vought-American, the company behind the business of superheroes, showed off some hilariously flashy costumes that resembled great cosplay as its heroes performed at events with great optics. Then it cut to The Boys, who all gave the TV the middle finger. The panelists claim that "Vought is Marvel," but looking at the costumes, the spandex looks much more like that of the DCEU. Then we got the big trailer. Blood, sex, and waterboarding supplement a wild montage that included some dance choreography and so much violence. There's also a great scene name-dropping The Matrix where Urban walks through a bugging plan.
We also found out that the plot of Season 1 will begin before the comic, bringing together The Boys and the Seven over the first arc -- culminating with the two being fully aware of each other and at odds. Further differing from the comics, Fukuhara's character, "The Female," gets a real name and a new backstory in the show.
Then Simon Pegg showed up on stage, announcing that he'd be playing Hughie's dad, Dougie (which usurped the news that Billy Zane would also be appearing in the first season). Mic drop. Pegg has been linked to the comic series since Hughie... well, looked just like him. That he's playing his father in the TV show is a delightfully meta full-circle trip for the franchise.
The Boys’ eight episodes hit Amazon in 2019.
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