Amazon’s The Boys went big this weekend at New York Comic Con, with their inaugural panel and some big reveals – including a new clip and poster of ‘The Seven’. The Boys is an adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic of the same name, and much like Preacher, it’s dark, violent, funny, and extremely adult in nature. The Boys also comes from some of the same creative team that adapted Preacher for the small screen (Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg), and it looks like it is going to be even more shocking.
The Boys follows a group of superhero-hating vigilantes in a world where absolute power has corrupted the heroes absolutely, and the Boys are the ones who will bring them down for their sins. There are several groups of heroes in their sights, but this world’s mightiest heroes are ‘The Seven’ – a group of heroes who parody the Justice League of the DC universe. This weekend, Amazon revealed the first look at this team of corrupt heroes, as well as few other juicy details from the upcoming show.
The teaser video was shown during The Boys panel at NYCC, and is a promotional video for Vought industries, the company that is the financial backer of the heroes in this universe. The clip presents the public face of the heroes of the Seven and shows them waving to audiences, visiting sick kids in hospital, kissing babies, and generally doing all manner of heroic things. The Seven includes the leader Homelander (Anthony Starr), the new recruit Starlight (Erin Moriarty), the Deep (Chace Crawford), Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell), Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), and A-Train (Jessie T. Usher). The clip also revealed Elisabeth Shue’s character, Madelyn Stillwell, who is the Vice President of Vought Industries Hero Management.
At the panel, this clip was also followed by a trailer-style series of clips from the upcoming series, which was packed with action, violence, and a whole lot of swearing. This won’t be a surprise to anyone who is a fan of the comics, although it is certainly unusual for superhero series. The creators and cast also emphasized how The Boys isn’t shying away from many of the more graphic aspects of the comics, with Evan Goldberg and Eric Kripke happily confirming that it will be less toned down than Preacher when it comes to violence and swearing;
Goldberg: Oh, Amazon lets you go nuts!
Kripke: I got a hilarious note, on one of the scripts… ‘there’s fifty f**ks in this script, could we get down to a four in front of that number?’, and I was like, ‘ok, lemme look…’.
However, Kripke and Goldberg were also clear that this isn’t a show that is shocking for being shocking, even though they have chosen not to hold back when it comes to cursing (or ripping off people’s faces). The Boys promises to focus on the characters and the storytelling, as well as the action, and Amazon is likely to be dropping a full trailer for the series very soon – and giving fans a better look at the rest of what they can expect from this world and this new superhero show.
The Boys is expected to premiere on Amazon in early 2019.