The Boys debuted on the stage of New York Comic Con with a quick teaser, but today Amazon Prime Video debuted a full trailer for television adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s series.
Originally published under DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint in 2006, The Boys follows an eponymous squad tasked with monitoring and policing the superhero community. In the series’ world, corporate-sponsored superheroes lead scandalous celebrity lives that endanger humanity more than help. Former covert operative Billy Butcher and a team of similarly skilled people come together to teach them a lesson. Like much of Ennis’ work, the comic is characterized by high violence and the sordid foibles of its very human characters.
A film adaptation for The Boys has been in the works since 2008, but Amazon Prime Video is the one that seems to have finally made it, under producers Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg. The latter two also produced an adaptation of Ennis’ Preacher for AMC.
The cast of the show includes Christopher Chance Crawford (Gossip Girl) and Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad), with Jack Quaid (Logan Lucky) and Karl Urban (Star Trek) in the lead roles of “Wee” Hughie Campbell and Billy Butcher.