The series: “The Boys” is a Prime Video series based on the comic book series of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. Created by showrunner Eric Kripke, best known for his work on “Supernatural,” the series is a brutally nasty satire that never pulls its punches.
The Boys are a group of vigilantes who fight corrupt superheroes, namely the Seven, who are the global version of the Justice League. Their leader, Homelander (Antony Starr) is basically some sort of toxic patriarchal white supremacist Superman, and The Boys’ leader, Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), will stop at nothing to see him killed.
“The Boys” is executive produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and their willingness to endorse absolute madness and contribute to it on occasion is certainly a huge boon. They even recently made an animated anthology spinoff series, “The Boys Presents: Diabolical,” which used the animated format to take the weird and wild world of “The Boys” to even crazier heights.
What he riffs on: No one is safe from the special brand of dark satire like “The Boys.” The series pokes fun at all aspects of not just superhero media, but mainstream media and pop culture, as well as government, history, and politics. The series regularly confuses the marketing machine behind big business, pulling back the curtain on the horror of many of our “heroes” and how everything has been fabricated to please the masses. The targets of the series’ many parodies and gags include Disney, Marvel, DC, Zack Snyder, entertainment journalists, US senators, Pepsi, and more.
What he brings to the table: The satire on “The Boys” is a cut above almost anyone, with the right mix of wickedness and wit to make every point crystal clear. “The Boys” is the most R-rated of any superhero show, with buckets of blood, tons of full-frontal nudity, and just about every type of “adult content” imaginable. He’s incredibly vulgar and often relishes in that vulgarity, though underneath every swearing and exploding body part is a beating heart and a biting wit.
New episodes of “The Boys” Season 3 premiere Friday on Prime Video.