Amazon’s Hyper-Violent ‘The Boys’ is a Reflection of Our Times [Comic-Con 2019]

/Film | 7/19/2019 | Vanessa Armstrong
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“If you’re here with your kids, you’re a terrible person…it’s a **** grown-up show. If you’re easily offended—please pounce.”

That’s how moderator Aisha Tyler opened San Diego Comic-Con’s The Boys panel, an Amazon Original series based on the comic books of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson in which superheroes live among us and are major ****. As Tyler made clear, the show is not for kids, and not only because the shared clips were dotted with bleeped expletives.

Executive - Producer - Eric - Kripke - Premise

Executive producer Eric Kripke explained the premise of this dark-and-funny show. “We started with just wanting to take a piss out of the superhero genre a little bit,” he said. “I think the deeper we explored the first pilot and then the season, the more we realized it was the perfect show to describe the moment that we’re living in…the show is really about what happens when you use celebrity to manipulate people, to use your power to make the common guy act against his own best interest…The Boys is a funny superhero show, but it’s also an incredibly accurate depiction of the world we live in.”

An Ensemble Cast, With The Supes Against The Boys

Kripke - Stage - Executive - Producer - Seth

Kripke was joined on stage by fellow executive producer Seth Rogen as well as ten actors from the show: Karl Urban (Bill Butcher), Jack Quaid (Hughie Campbell), Karen Fukuhara (The Female), Elizabeth Shue (Madelyn Stillwell), Erin Moriarity (Starlight), Chace Crawford (The Deep), Antony Starr (Homelander), Jessie T. Usher (A-Train), Laz Alonso (Mother’s Milk), and Tomer Capon (Frenchie). The group was split between a super-powered contingent called The Seven (who are managed by Vought International, a corporation that farms out their services to the highest bidder), and a bunch of ne’r-do-wells called The Boys.

Ahead of its Comic-Con premiere later tonight, the audience at the panel was treated to three...
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