The Boys: Five Things We Learned at SDCC 2019
Amazon’s new superhero series is anything but predictable
It’s not unusual for SDCC attendees to hear a lot about superheroes, but on Friday, July 19th in Ballroom 20, we learned about a whole new side to our favorite idols. Amazon’s upcoming new original series The Boys is an irreverent take on superheroes who abuse their powers rather than use them for good.
When Hughie (Quaid) suffers a devastating loss at the hands of a reckless Supe, he becomes outraged at finding no legal recourse for victims of collateral superhero damage. Still reeling from his trauma, Hughie meets a mysterious operative, Billy Butcher (Urban), who recruits him for some vigilante justice. When his new friends–The Boys–embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about The Seven, and Vought, they’ll uncover the dark secrets of the multi-billion dollar conglomerate that manages these superheroes.
The Boys panel, moderated by Aisha Tyler, brought executive producers Erik Kripke and Seth Rogen as well as cast members Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Elizabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty, Chase Crawford, Laz Alonso, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, and Jessie T. Usher together for sneak peeks and exclusive behind-the-scenes details that kept the audience laughing from beginning to end.
So, what did we find out about the first season of the upcoming series? Read on below!
1. Not only has season two been green-lit, it’s halfway through filming!
Executive Producer Seth Rogen spilled the news, stating the cast and crew flew in from Vancouver, where they’ve been filming the first half of season two. In addition, he added actress Aya Cash will be joining the cast as Stormfront!
2. The series might be tongue-in-cheek, but it’s no lightweight.
EP Erik Kripke told attendees
“This is the perfect show to describe the moment we’re living in. What happens when you use celebrity and your power against the little guy. It’s a funny show but also incredibly accurate.”
3. The Supes might have power, but they’re also hot messes.
When it comes to Starlight, Moriarty said of her character
“She’ll satisfy the desire for the young ingenue, and when you first meet her she’s very naive, and is then exposed to the world she’s idolized, and she has to admit defeat or overcome it. It’s a very unconventional arc and that’s what I love about her.”
While her character Madelyn Stillwell was originally a man in the comics, Shue stated that
“She’s so powerful and she loves her power. She’s drunk on power. I loved playing her, and it’s a joy to play her.”
Usher appreciated the fact that with A-Train,
“In his mind, he’s on top of the world…he will do any and everything he must to keep that the same, but change is inevitable.”
4. The Boys have power issues of their own.
When conceptualizing The Boys, Kripke thought of them as
“They’re all the little guy, blue collar 99%…and they’ve all been ground under the wheel as [Supe] collateral. They’ve all suffered personally at the hands of Vought or the superheroes.”
Quaid agreed, reporting that
“Hughie lacks confidence and isn’t quite sure of himself, and because of what happens to him he has to make some morally ambiguous decisions.”
Urban, who plays Butcher, commented
“He’s got a vendetta against Homelander, and Billy finds this kid and recognizes something similar has happened to him. He’s planning on using [Hughie] but ultimately there’s an incredible relationship between the characters. Like chalk and cheese.”
5. Music plays a crucial role in the series.
Known for his soundtrack choices in Supernatural, Kripke stated
“Music’s super important to us, and we spend a lot of time looking for the right vibe. I’m a music head, and I was listening to punk and suddenly clicked with Butcher’s backstory. It’s about anarchy and subversion – punk. Season two is Hughie’s music, which is basically all Billy Joel.”
So, what are you most excited about for the series? Let us know in the comments.