In keeping up with the graphic nature of the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, Amazon Prime Video’s adaptation of ‘The Boys’ has plenty of “pornographic ornaments” hanging from “a very wholesome Christmas tree” according to creator Eric Kripke (‘Supernatural’).
As he continued:
“[Superheroes] are this endless fountain of stuff that we can [use to] comment on what’s really happening in society… a metaphor for celebrity… sometimes they are a metaphor for politics, sometimes they are a metaphor for professional athletes…. [‘The Boys’ is] the most current show on TV.”
The titular ‘Boys’ are a blue-collar team of non-powered agents, who keep the narcissistic, hedonistic superheroes of the world in check.
Kripke commented on the various “heroes.”
The “Wonder Woman,” Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott): “She had a heart, but then she drank it away. Now she has to reawaken anything that is still human about her.”
The “Aquaman,” The Deep (Chace Crawford): “The pretty-boy actor who wants serious roles, but no one gives him serious roles.”
The “Flash,” A-Train (Jessie T. Usher): Kripke compares to Lance Armstrong, saying “It sucks to be a performance-based superhero. You are only as good as your last time.”
The newbie, Starlight (Erin Moriarity): “[She] steps off the bus from Iowa and is immediately thrown into how horrific showbiz really is.”
“They are so used to being babied and catered to, and they have so much power and money… [The Deep] doesn’t even really know how to go grocery shopping. There’s a thousand, maybe 2,000 superheroes in the world, [and] there’s the top seven and these guys have too much power and they just take and take and take. So, it’s fun to see ‘Wow, they’re really bad’ and then have them be taken down is hopefully a good payoff.”
Luckily, this world has The Boys: Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), “Wee” Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid, “an ordinary dude in extraordinary circumstances,” according to Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso, who says “In many ways, I’m the mother of the group… the moral center”), Frenchie (Tomer Capon, who says “deep inside, he’s an anarchist”), and The Female (Karen Fukuhara).
Amazon will be heavily promoting ‘The Boys’ at San Diego Comic-Con next weekend. ‘The Boys’ arrives on Amazon Prime Video on July 26th.