Amazon found a hit with its satirical take on superheroes in “The Boys.”
The show, which is a blend of thriller, black comedy, drama and superhero-dom is based on an original series of comic books by writer Garth Ennis and illustrator Darick Robertson. The story was in publication from 2006-2012.
The first season became one of Amazon Prime Video’s most-binged shows only weeks after it launched in July of 2019. It is now one of Amazon Prime Video’s most-watched original series.
Thus, it’s only fitting that Amazon is set to fast-track a second series that will expand this show’s universe.
The Boys are a group of vigilantes in a world where superheroes are lauded by the general public. Meanwhile, however, they engage in corruption behind closed doors. These super “heroes” work for Vought International, a powerful corporation that monetizes these unseemly individuals.
The Boys, who are led by Billy Butcher, hate Vought International and their premier team of superheroes, who are known as “The Seven.”
The cast of Amazon’s show includes:
- Karl Urban as Billy Butcher
- Jack Quaid as Hughie Campbell
- Antony Starr as John/Homelander
- Erin Moriarty as Annie January/Starlight
- Dominique McElligott as Maggie Shaw/Queen Maeve
- Jessie T. Usher as Reggie Franklin/A-Train
- Laz Alonso as Marvin T. / Mother’s Milk
- Chace Crawford as Kevin/The Deep (gills voiced by Patton Oswalt)
- Tomer Capon as Serge/Frenchie
- Karen Fukuhara as Kimiko Miyashiro/The Female
- Nathan Mitchell as Black Noir
- Elisabeth Shue as Madelyn Stillwell
- Colby Minifie as Ashley Barrett
- Aya Cash as Stormfront/Liberty
Season 2 of the show is currently unfolding week-by-week, and a third season is in development. Season 2 is already doing even better ratings-wise than Season 1. So, to capitalize on the show’s success even further, Amazon has greenlit a spinoff series that will expand the “Boys” universe.
‘The Boys’ Spinoff
The yet-to-be titled spinoff series will be set in America’s only college for superheroes, which is helmed by Vought International. The series will be “exploring the lives of hormonal and competitive supes competing for contracts to be heroes in the best cities in the country, which will put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test,” reports Screen Rant.
Craig Rosenberger will serve as showrunner and executive producer. He is also set to write the pilot. Fans of the original comics might get to see some of their favorite fringe characters pop up in this new series, and we look forward to seeing if there will be any crossover between the original series and this one.