Thursday, 4 May 2017

TV Shows That Need to Happen: The Boys

Superheroes are a big business nowadays, and YouTube has no shortage of lists of what superhero comics should be made in to films. But never do they mention the darkly comedic, morbid creation of Garth Ennis, the brilliant mind behind the recent Amazon hit Preacher: The Boys shows a darker side of superheroes, a more realistic side, really thinking about it, because how many people with the powers of a god wouldn't be an absolutely terrible person behind closed doors. The Boys are a government team to police these superhero menaces.

The story follows protagonist Wee Hughie (who's character design is based on Simon Pegg, who I imagine would love this role). Wee Hughie is taking a pleasant stroll with his girlfriend when she is brutally murdered by a superhero named A-Train, a hero with super speed who is travelling at the speed of sound, fighting a supervillain, and he doesn't care about civilian casualties. 

After this incident, Wee Hughie is depressed and angry about what happened. Butcher offers him a place on The Boys due to the incident, to help him police these superheroes who think they're above the law. To stand toe to toe with these superheroes, The Boys inject them selves with compound V, a formula which gives the user super strength, toughness and endurance, making them stronger then most superheroes.

The main antagonist to The Boys are The Seven, a superhero team. Think Avengers or Justice League. They are led by The Homelander, basically a Superman, who has a dark past with Butcher. A-Train, the hero that killed Wee Hughie's girlfriend, is also on the team. Other characters in the series have a group similar to the X-Men, called the G-Men, and many other similar superheroes (you'll recognize who they're supposed to be). We also find out what really goes on during those epic space battles which take place over a long period of time. When there are no superheroes around, they're not up in space, I can tell you that much.

The story is well told, and I feel would transfer perfectly to the small screen, maybe even a trilogy of films, but I feel TV would be for the best, fully covering most of the content from the comics. Some of the more darker stuff might need to be reigned back, but the base of the story is excellent with great relationships between all the characters, and all have rich, interesting back stories. 

As I said, Wee Hughie is based around Simon Pegg, and I'd personally love to see Gerard Butler as Butcher. As for director, I feel Edgar Wright would be a brilliant choice, after his Ant-Man never got released, he could really let loose with The Boys. I don't know how this hasn't been snapped up yet, looking at the success of adult comic adaptions like The Walking Dead and Preacher, to the success of superhero films, and especially the success of mature superhero films like Deadpool and Logan. The world is ready for The Boys.

If you haven't read the comics and are after a dark twist on superheroes, you can't go wrong with this. It's extremely mature, but is one of the most interesting stories out there, and easily one of the most over looked. Richee



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