Amazon Prime’s original series completely flips the script on the superhero genre. Instead of the goody two-shoes portrayal of death-defying heroics, The Boys paints them as deeply flawed and rather sinister beings. And I love it.
It’s based on a graphic novel series of the same name, which was created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson back in 2006. The titular “Boys” is a rag tag group of superhero hunters, hell-bent on uncovering their dirty side for the world to see. They’re regular humans who do not possess special powers. Basically, they rely on their wits to try and get one over on the “Supes”.
The gang leader is the grizzly Billy Butcher who’s played by Karl Urban (Judge Dredd). His British accent is Dick van Dyke levels of awful, but doesn’t make the character any less intriguing.
Butcher’s team consists of Hughie (Jack Quaid), Frenchie (Tomer Capon), the Female (Karen Fukuhara) and the interestingly named Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso). The way the squad comes together plays out perfectly. You’ll find yourself rooting for them and their seemingly impossible task from the off.