Warning: Possible spoilers ahead.
When superheroes become as influential as politicians and powerful as gods, who will stop them abusing their superpowers? The Boys, that's who.
The Boys is a new show coming to Amazon Prime Video that focuses on a team of vigilantes who take self-serving superheroes down a peg or two. Star Trek star Karl Urban heads the cast, along with a recurring role from Simon Pegg. It might be based on a comic, but this filthy, funny, gory series is a long way from Marvel and DC.
Who's making it?
When corrupt superheroes known as The Seven cause his girlfriend's death, a young man named Hughie (Jack Quaid) hooks up with anti-cape vigilantes The Boys. The team consists of charismatic leader Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) with Mother's Milk (Laz Alonso), Female (Karen Fukuhara) and Frenchie (Tomer Capon).
What critics are saying
The Boys is a "flashy, smartly meta, often funny and very solidly cast," but "leaves a bit of a bad taste," according to a review from The Hollywood Reporter on April 29.
"The first episode posits an alternate universe where superheroes protect cities, while their personas are monetized to the extreme by the Vought corporation. There are dozens of superheroes working for Vought, branded and packaged for public consumption, with their real-life sexual deviances and accidental murders treated like any other public relations issue," according to an early review from IndieWire on April 29.
When's the release date?
The eight-episode series premieres on July 26 on Amazon Prime Video.
Meet the cast
Karl Urban as Billy Butcher
Elisabeth Shue as Madelyn Stillwell
Erin Moriarty as Annie January / Starlight
Antony Starr as The Homelander
Dominique McElligott as Queen Maeve
Jessie Usher as A-Train
Chace Crawford as The Deep
Nathan Mitchell as Black Noir
Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk
Jack Quaid as "Wee" Hughie Campbell
Simon Pegg as Hughie's father
Karen Fukuhara as Female
Tomer Kapon as Frenchie
Jennifer Esposito as CIA Agent Susan Raynor
Note: This piece was originally published on May 29, 2019, and is updated as news rolls in.