"In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, THE BOYS centers on a group of vigilantes known informally as “The Boys,” who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than their blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty. 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."
Then news broke about this series on (Amazon) Prime, and I've held my breath in for as long as I sensibly could, until I saw some footage, at least ... until New York Comic Con 2018 regurgitated this into the wwwild, and quite frankly, I am intrigued to see more.
I am interested to see how a predominantly "British"-voiced comicbook series be adapted into American sensibilities ... I am intrigued to see how far the television series days to go beyond the "middle-fingers" seen in the teaser ... I am intrigued to see how they will present new recruit "Starlight" needing to go down on the "Homelander" of "The Seven" (and that's just the "easiest" of the "R"... :p), and screw it all if it's all SPOILERS, because that's how the comic was to me. So yes, color me "intrigued". THE BOYS is scheduled for a 2019 release.
ABOVE: THE BOYS "Manifesto" / BELOW" Manifesto at NYCC2018:
SCREEENGRABS FROM TRAILER:
PREMISE: "The Boys takes place in "a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame" and "revolves around a group of vigilantes known informally as “the boys,” who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty."
WHAT-IS: "The Boys is an upcoming American superhero drama web television series based on the comic book The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The show was developed by Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen." (Wiki)
ABOVE: Screengrab from teaser / BELOW: Art by Darick Ropbertson from graphic novel!
And if you read the "Cast List" (listed below) based on the comicbook character names, you might have an idea of what the stories'll get up to - if you've read the comicbook stories, IMHO. I look forward to finding out more in days to come :)
Karl Urban as Billy Butcher
Elisabeth Shue as Madelyn Stillwell
Erin Moriarty as Annie January / Starlight
Antony Starr as The Homelander
Dominique McElligott as Queen Maeve
Jessie T. Usher as A-Train
Chace Crawford as The Deep
Nathan Mitchell as Black Noir
Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk
Jack Quaid as "Wee" Hughie Campbell
Karen Fukuhara as Female
Tomer Kapon as Frenchie
Jennifer Esposito as CIA Agent Susan Raynor
Simon Pegg as Hughie's father.
(Additional images via @theboystv)