With all the superhero-related content in the world today, it’s not at all hard to imagine a scenario where the super-powerful good guys aren’t really good at all.
That’s the premise of Amazon’s new original series, The Boys, in which Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) rounds up a team of misfits to take on The Seven, a corporate-backed team of superheroes whose morality has gotten lost on the way to superstardom. The show is based on the best-selling comic of the same title by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.
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.
Hughie Meets Butcher
On the flip side, The Seven, which are overseen by the Vought Corporation, are Starlight (Erin Moriarty, Captain Fantastic), Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott, House of Cards), A-Train (Jessie T. Usher, Independence Day: Resurgence), The Deep (Chace Crawford, Gossip Girl) and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell, Supernatural). They’re led by Homelander (Antony Starr, Banshee)—think Captain America with an ego that’s running amok.
Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas) stars as the Seven’s Nick Fury: Madelyn Stillwell, Vought’s senior VP of hero management.
Meet The Seven
The Boys was developed by showrunner Eric Kripke (Supernatural), who also serves as writer, executive producer and directed the season finale. Joining Kripke as executive producers are Point Grey Pictures’ Seth Rogen (Preacher), Evan Goldberg (Preacher), and James Weaver (Preacher), Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz (Prison Break), Pavun Shetty (New Girl) and Ori Marmur (Preacher), as well as Ken Levin and Jason Netter. Comic creators Ennis and Robertson co-executive produce. The pilot episode was directed by Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane).
The eight-episode Amazon Prime Video original series is co-produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television Studios with Point Grey Pictures, Kripke Enterprises and Original Film.