Things They Changed in The Boys
The Boys is a darkly satirical hit for the Amazon Prime streaming service, a brutal send of superhero life as depicted in blockbusters like The Avengers and Justice League. It makes sense that the satire is so dark and biting when you realize that the show is based on a comic book series by none other than Garth Ennis. Ennis’ other popular title was the joyfully blasphemous Preacher and his follow up takes an unflattering picture of what a world of superheroes might more likely turn out to be like. From the petulant Homelander for whom the only thing keeping him from just murdering all of humanity is the need for approval, or the revenge crazed Butcher who will stop at nothing to get his revenge on Homelander for killing his wife. While the series retains a number of big hallmark moments in the comic series like A-Train running through Hughie’s girlfriend or Homelander and Queen Maeve’s failure to save the passengers on the plane, there are some key differences. In some cases it’s in the form of a character in one medium but not the other, like Translucent who only appears in the show, taking the place of Jack from Jupiter who doesn’t appear in the show. Main characters like Hughie and Annie, otherwise known as Starlight, are given a little more agency and decisions in what they do next while other characters, like The Deep, take on the sins of characters like Homelander, A-Train, and Black Noir. Regardless of what shade of dark you like your series in, the show continues to impress. Let’s look at some of the changes that have happened.
Written by: Ryan Carbrey
Narrated by: Justin Freitas
Edited by: Matthew Weinstein