If you though that television had finally oversaturated the superhero genre, then you’re absolutely wrong. Amazon’s The Boys is not your average superhero show, quite the opposite. It might be ringing in a new era of the hero genre, one that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
The incredible creators and cast of The Boys took over Ballroom 20 this weekend at San Diego Comic Con, and with them brought lots of laughter (not only thanks to everyone’s favorite host and hype person Aisha Tyler), some sneak peeks and the another surprise announcement.
Executive produced by Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and Seth Rogen, The Boys tells the story of what happens when heroes take their celebrity status and use it for their own gain, and what your average vigilantes (the Boys) can do to stop them. It’s meant to make fun of the superhero genre, but it also turned out to be a very accurate representation of our current society: “The Boys is a funny superhero show, but it’s also an incredibly accurate depiction of the world we live in”, said Kripke. In a world where people are most occupied with getting likes and retweets, it’s not difficult to imagine a world where superheroes take their infamy one step further.
Kripke also said that The Boys are meant to represent real, everyday people. In one way or another, they’ve all been fucked over by these massive tectonic plates of power, from corporations or the superheroes, which is why they are seeking revenge.
The Boys is also able to win us over with a star-studded cast that features more than one familiar superhero/villain face: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Chace Crawford, Karen Fukuhara, Laz Alonso, Tomer Capon, Elizabeth Shue, Jessie T. Usher, Erin Moriarty and Antony Starr were all in attendance.
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The panel offered a few exclusive clips ahead of the series premiere on the streaming service next week. It warned that the show is definitely for mature audiences, and should not be viewed by children. For safety reasons, most of the dialogue in the clips was bleeped out.
The first clip showed two teenage boys getting in the crosshairs of Starlight (Mortiarty) and Homelander (Starr) trying to stop a robbery, only to end up asking for selfies. The second clip shows Hughie (Quaid) in a conversation with his father (played by –SURPRISE- Simon Pegg) about leaving home and joining the Boys. The final clip is between three members of the Boys (Urban, Alonso and Quaid), with Urban’s Butcher taking on a leadership role within the team, and trying to keep the morale going with a saucy Spice Girls reference.
To conclude the panel, Kripke announced that The Boys had been picked up for a second season ahead of its premiere. In fact, they were already shooting it.
Season one of The Boys premieres July 26 on Amazon Prime.