I’m a DC Comics girl and proud. My husband is a comic book fan, and he started watching this Amazon Original series, The Boys. I succumbed and watched it. It’s Injustice meets Crime Syndicate.
The Boys Original Summary
The Boys will be boys no superhero required and here’s why!
*** MATURE SUBJECT AND LANGUAGE! ***
Superheroes are often as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and sometimes even as revered as gods. But that’s when they’re using their powers for good. What happens when the heroes go rogue and start abusing their powers?
When it’s the powerless against the super powerful, the Boys head out on a heroic quest to expose the truth about the Seven and Vought, the multibillion-dollar conglomerate that manages the superheroes and covers up their dirty secrets. Based on the comic book series of the same name. — Google
The Super Seven, Six, Five
The Boys takes place in a world where superheroes—referred to as “sups,” exist comparable to the DC Comics‘ iconic: Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Aquaman, along with Larry Trainor, and Green Lantern.
However, they aren’t the Justice League but instead the Super Seven. When the show starts, the Lamp Lighter—comparable to Green Lantern except in Arrow‘s costume, isn’t there and Translucent—Larry Trainor but instead always naked, well, he doesn’t live long.
“Just remember who your friends and who your enemies are.”Billy Butcher, The Boys
The superheroes’ powers are easy to identify to place yourself in context. The awesomeness of the show is not the superheroes themselves as much as what is behind the scene. If you watched Justice League DOOM or read the comic book, you’re in for a treat!
Superheroes Are Not That Super
Imagine Earth with superheroes in this era we’re in at the moment. Imagine yourself walking down the street downtown and a crime is in motion. Then a gust of wind faster than the speed of sound hits you.
In a nanosecond, yay The Flash! A fraction of a second later, nay you’re in imploded and dead. That is because your favorite superhero just zoomed right through you as one of your feet dared touched the street.
One moment you’re in a plane, a terrorist takes over, Superman shows up, and you’re like, “Yay! I’m saved!” then nay, he used his heat vision and killed all capable hands to pilot the plane. Plus, he’s too lazy to transport all passengers to safety or deviate the jet to land it safely.
Furthermore, if you happen to be a new female superhero, you have to be initiated with The Deep—Aquaman’s dick in your mouth. You read right. Those superheroes are dicks and don’t give two shits about humans or women in general.
All that matters is their image. Well, they have another thing coming! The Boys will be boys no superhero required because they have brains and tech on their side!
The Evil Corporation of Superheroes
While we know our favorite superheroes come from a tragic history or something that changed their lives, those dicks are quite different. They monetize their good deeds. It kind of defeats the purpose makes it more like a deal with the devil than a kind gesture, but hey, we are capitalists.
Vought is the one corporation that made sure to “own” all superheroes starting with the most powerful of all, Homelander.
He has Superman’s powers, and the representation of that Boyscout bullshit. However, while Vought and its CEO, Ms. Stillwell, thinks that Homelander isn’t that smart, he is plotting to become a god.
Vought doesn’t only manage all superheroes, but create their image and origin story. They follow every step of their lives and turn it into a reality TV show.
Therefore, there is nowhere to look without a product endorsed by one of the superheroes. You can count on the corporation to shove each superhero down your throat.
Lex Luthor Fans Raise Your Hand!
The Boys is a comic book from Dynamite Entertainment and show us what the world would be if the Justice League would be real. Chances are a company that would take them and rules over them to make a profit off of those people.
The series shows us the parts we don’t see in comic books, from the view of civilians who lost people due to superhero battles or miscalculations. We have four men coming together and a girl uniting to fight against those with power.
Butcher is the leader of the group, with his two friends Frenchie and Mother’s Milk, as well as Hughie, who lost his girlfriend to A-Train—fastest man alive. The young woman joining them is a superhero, but against her will and becomes Frenchie’s soft spot, The Female, later on, we find her name is Kimiko.
“Since when did “hopeful” and “naive” become the same thing? I mean, why would you get into this business if not to save the world? That’s all I have ever wanted.”Starlight, The Boys
Butcher has one obsession: end all superheroes by killing them. He wants revenge for everything they did to everyone on the planet. Butcher knows they don’t serve the public but their bank accounts. He is a mix of Lex Luthor and Batman, he can take them down but needs a plan that has a plan that has a plan.
Sex, Drugs, And Rock N Roll!
Behind the scenes of the superhero, life lies debauchery, empty memories that show nothing but needless temptations. We see the real faces of the remaining Super Six, but Starlight did nothing wrong. She stands for herself and does a good job so far to resist any temptations.
However, when it comes to the others, good isn’t a word one would use to represent them. The Deep has a list of sexual harassment and rape cases. A-Train tries to hide his usage of drugs. Homelander teams with Queen Maeve—Wonder Woman, but just kill everyone instead of resolving crimes otherwise.
The main leverage The Boys try to find and bring to the FBI is the one thing that made the superheroes. Butcher doesn’t buy the mutation bullshit when he sees that blue liquid syringe. They investigate A-Train and his girlfriend, Popclaw—Cheetah, without the fur.
The Boys’ mission is to amass enough evidence, hard and testimonies, to bring down the superheroes. That is before Vought close the deal on having the Super Seven as part of the military. The Boys will be boys no superhero required and no compromise.
Butcher About To Slaughter
Only eight episodes, and yet it’s enough to have the viewer begging for more. It is quite impressive what the show accomplished in so little time. The establishment of each character and their role in the story is clear from the beginning.
The goal is to show what the superheroes leave behind when the crime is over. It also proves that power in any way or form corrupts no matter the origin or who you indeed are.
The main lesson to learn is that Superman is definitely not a good idea. He would be a menace, and as I’ve always believed, Lex Luthor is not a bad guy but someone looking after humanity. Homelander proves the view of Injustice in many ways in only eight episodes.
Even Ms. Stillwell, who thought she could control Homelander, admits she is damn afraid of him. He is too powerful, and when someone becomes too powerful, they believe themselves to be a god. No one should have that type of power, and the only one who can stand up to him is Butcher.
The Boys Renewed For A Second Season
A second season of The Boys received confirmation from Amazon Prime Video, and patiently we wait! The first season left us on a cliff-hanger, wondering what is going to happen with Butcher but also what Homelander is ready to do to achieve his goal.
The Boys will be boys no superhero required because they can take those assholes down!
What about Frenchie, Kimiko, Mother’s Milk, Hughie, and his friendship with Starlight? Also, is The Deep done with being a superhero now that he received a colossal demotion? Is Vought still Vought with the loss of the big boss?
So many questions and such a good series!
Okay, I am a little subjective here. But that is because of my huge personal crush on Karl Urban. Nevertheless, honestly, this show is fantastic!
I give it a solid 8.2/10