‘The Boys’ Is Out Now And It Looks Hella Cool
We usually had TV shows that focused on the ultimate good superheroes did. The biggest struggle they had was them not being selfless enough when it came to saving the world. Then shows like Umbrella Academy showed that superheroes can actually be much more complicated than that. Now, Amazon Prime is giving us The Boys, a show that focuses on how superheroes can exploit their power and fame for ulterior motives which aren’t selfless.
A New Take On Superheroes
Starting off with the trailer, it looks incredibly entertaining. The Boys is based on the comic books by Darick Robertson and Garth Ennis. It portrays superheroes as if they’re quite common place and are treated as celebrities. Each one has their own merchandise and movie tie-ins and deals with different brands. Basically, the fact that they’re popular due to their superpowers grants them the opportunity to do whatever the hell they want. Due to their cult status, they are essentially above the law.
Then we find out about The Boys. They do not have any superpowers. In fact, they are normal human beings that are tasked with ensuring the superheroes, also known as the ‘supes’, stay within their limits.
Check Out The Trailer
Just by judging from the trailer, it looks pretty cool. There are elaborate fighting scenes, impeccable acting and an interesting plot line. Just the idea that the superheroes are treated as celebrities is not far from truth because in today’s day and age that is a huge possibility.
Moreover, it has an amazing cast. First we have the group of the superheroes known as The Seven.
This is the superhero group led by Homelander (Antony Star). It’s like rip off version of Superman. He has the conventional strengths of flight, super strength and bonus powers of X-ray vision. And yes, he has the ability of heat rays as well. Then we have Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) who also possess super strength and invulnerability alongside great fighting skills. There’s The Deep (Chase Crawford), he is this version of Aquaman. He is Instagram friendly, can talk to fish and can do whatever he wants with water! There’s A-Train (Jessie Usher) who has the power of super speed who also suffers from anxiety. There’s also Starlight (Erin Moriarty), a fresh recruit to The Seven who is the most innocent and still genuinely wants to make the world a better place. Her powers include manipulating light energy and being invulnerable to a certain extent. Then we have Translucent (Alex Hassell) who has special carbon skin which can make him invisible and the mysterious Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) who keeps mostly to himself.
Who Are The Boys
The Boys are the group of people that are against the superheroes and the fact that they can get away with everything with zero consequences. We have the leader of The Boys in William “Billy” Butcher (Karl Urban) who brings the whole team together. He’s from London and his rough persona becomes charming as you go along.
Then there’s Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid), who’s recruited by Billy after he develops a deep hatred for superheroes when someone close to him is killed due to superheroes’ actions. He used to be a fan, but now he just wants the supes to end. He may not have impressive fighting skills but he has plenty of intelligence that is beneficial to The Boys. Other members are Mother’s Milk or MM (Laz Alonso) who is the most normal person in the group who tries to live a normal life after he gets tired with superhero hunting. But alas, he is brought back by Billy. There’s Frenchie (Tomer Kapon) who is from France as the name implies and his addition to the team is important because he is skilled in chemistry and engineering. Plus, Frenchie has a lot of connections to the underworld as well. Lastly, we have The Female (Karen Fukuhara), she’s the secret weapon The Boys have.
Other Cast Members include Simon Pegg as Mr. Campbell, he is Hugh’s father. And there’s Elisabeth Shue as Madelyn Stillwell, the corporate force that is responsible for controlling the main superheroes in the USA.