When it comes to superheroes these days, all the talk centers on the Avengers. Avengers: Endgame is within spitting distance of catching Avatar for the highest-grossing film of all-time. People are enamored with “earth’s mightiest heroes”. But did you ever stop to think about what would happen when superheroes go bad? That’s the premise of Amazon Prime video’s upcoming series The Boys. Check out the official trailer here:


This new series premiers in just over a month, and examines what happens when superheroes go unchecked. We’re in for what promises to be a dark take on the superhero genre, with perhaps a perspective that’s been lacking in the feel-good superhero films with which we’ve become accustomed.

The Boys and a darker take on superheroes

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The Boys. (Image: Amazon)

Here’s the official synopsis from amazon.com:

The Boys is an 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 their formidable Vought backing.”

The show stars Karl Urban (Dredd; Star Trek), Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad), and Chace Crawford (The Covenant) among a star-studded cast. Chaos will ensue as Billy Butcher (Urban) and his vigilante crew (“The Boys”) take on the thankless task of bringing the morally corrupt superheroes to justice.

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The cast of They Boys discusses the show during a New York Comic-Con interview this past October. (Image: JJ Goodman)

The best part of The Boys is that they have no superpowers of their own. Nevertheless, they are still willing to take on the superheroes to ensure justice is served. The show is based on the comic book of the same name. Writers Gareth Ennis and Darick Robertson created the original work…. Now they get to see their characters come to life on Amazon Prime.

The Boys premiers July 26.