The Boys (Amazon)

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Surprised there isn't a thread for this already, at least I couldn't find one when I searched.



The Boys is based on a Garth Ennis comic series from 2006. Ennis is best known in the comic world for writing the Punisher for about a decade in the early 2000's. He wrote a lot of the definitive Punisher stories and also helped usher in Marvel MAX, which is an uncensored sort of imprint of Marvel comics that is geared towards adults and features swearing, sex, and much more violent imagery. In addition to The Punisher, Ennis also wrote Preacher, which was developed by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg for AMC.

With The Boys being on Amazon, they don't need to deal with censorship or sponsors like Preacher so they can go with a more accurate adaptation of the adult content featured in the series. Amazon has already announced that it's been picked up for season 2.

Here's a brief synopsis...

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 and covers up all of their dirty secrets. The Boys are Hughie (Jack Quaid, The Hunger Games), Billy Butcher (Karl Urban, Star Trek), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso, Detroit), Frenchie (Tomer Capon, Hostages), and The Female (Karen Fukuhara, Suicide Squad). Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) guest stars as Hughie’s father.”


Production values are top notch and it's available to stream in 4K through Amazon Prime's video service. It's definitely an R-rated series that is more Deadpool than Avengers but it's also pretty dark. It's probably closest to Brightburn, but I haven't seen that. I've only read reviews how that's a "If Superman was evil" story and this isn't quite that straight forward but it's similar to that.

I've only caught the first 2 episodes but have really enjoyed it so far.

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In on episode 5.
This is really dark.


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I'm almost finished with the first season. I wish we knew when season 2 was coming out because I've slowed down watching season 1 just to stretch it out longer.

It feels like a cross between Deadpool and the Watchmen so far, but it's not really trying to be either of those. It does seem to be it's own thing, which is good. There are way too many superhero films and tv shows right now that for a show like this to stand out it needs to be it's own thing. It is a dark and cynical but it doesn't feel like it's going out of it's way to be dark or cynical just to be edgy either. It's hard to describe it but I haven't enjoyed a new series like this in years.
 

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Love this show and the comic. Fantastic performances by Karl Urban, Antony Starr who plays Homelander and Elizabeth Shue. I forgot his first name but Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan’s son who plays Hughie was fantastic as well.

I think it’s actually better than the comic, really well directed and shot.

I did read Amazon deleted a scene that would have been hilarious. I won’t post the details here but you can google it. It was perfect for this character.

Which leads me to what else would they take out? If you think what you’ve seen so far is crazy, you haven’t seen anything yet.

If you guys wanna check out the graphic novels, they are free if you have Kindle unlimited and if not they have a free three month trial.

A cool Easter egg from the books is that Hughie was drawn to look like Simon Pegg and years he’s casted to be Hughie dad.


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Love this show and the comic. Fantastic performances by Karl Urban, Anthony Starr who plays Homelander and Elizabeth Shue. I forgot his first name but Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan’s son who plays Hughie was fantastic as well.

I think it’s actually better than the comic, really well directed and shot.

I did read Amazon deleted a scene that would have been hilarious. I won’t post the details here but you can google it. It was perfect for this character.

Which leads me to what else would they take out? If you think what you’ve seen so far is crazy, you haven’t seen anything yet.

If you guys wanna check out the graphic novels, they are free if you have Kindle unlimited and if not they have a free three month trial.

A cool Easter egg from the books is that Hughie was drawn to look like Simon Pegg and years he’s casted to be Hughie dad.


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The showrunner for The Boys did an AMA on Reddit and answered a ton of questions. That's where he revealed the deleted scene. He spoke very highly of Amazon and their involvement, or lack of involvement, so I wouldn't worry about them forcing changes onto them.

You can check out the interview here, worth a look. Hopefully you're familiar with Reddit so it's easier to read because it can appear to be a mess if you don't know how that site works. Unfortunately I couldn't find a good recap of it or I would have posted that.
 

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The showrunner for The Boys did an AMA on Reddit and answered a ton of questions. That's where he revealed the deleted scene. He spoke very highly of Amazon and their involvement, or lack of involvement, so I wouldn't worry about them forcing changes onto them.

You can check out the interview here, worth a look. Hopefully you're familiar with Reddit so it's easier to read because it can appear to be a mess if you don't know how that site works. Unfortunately I couldn't find a good recap of it or I would have posted that.
He's not just the showrunner, he's Eric Kripke, creator of Supernatural and Timeless.
 

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The comic was over-the-top, and not in a good way. I enjoyed this more, and the change to the backstory was fascinating.
 

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This has been an awesome show. Love the concept of supers being marketed and exploited. I'm on the 3rd episode.
 

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took me a good three episodes to really get invested, but once that happened, i really enjoyed the show. Homelander is just a great villain.
 

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I sat down and said id give the first episode a watch and ended up watching 5. I would have probably watched the whole season last night if I didnt get invited to go out around 5pm.
 

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I finished it last night.
Definitely will be watching season 2.
Homelander is a great villain.


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