Amazon’s upcoming series “The Boys” features a pack of uncensored superheroes — they definitely aren’t the kid-friendly variety of super-powered beings.
“People love superheroes,” Karl Urban, who plays Billy Butcher, says in the trailer, which may not be suitable for younger audiences. “But if you knew half the s— they get up to… f—in’ diabolical.” You can watch the trailer above.
The eight-episode superhero drama is based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, and is executive produced by Eric Kripke (“Supernatural”), Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver, Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty. Ori Marmur, Ken Levin and Jason Netter. Kripke also serves as showrunner.
Amazon describes the series as an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes — who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and as revered as gods — abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the super-powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to reveal the truth about “The Seven” and the multi-billion dollar entity that conceals their secrets, called Vought.
The series will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 29. The Boys are played by Jack Quaid (“The Hunger Games”), Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Laz Alonso (“Avatar”), Tomer Capon (“One Week and a Day”), and Karen Fukuhara (“Suicide Squad”). Simon Pegg (“Shaun of the Dead”) guest stars as the father of one of the boys.
Leading The Seven is Antony Starr (“Without a Paddle”), joined by Erin Moriarty (“Blood Father”), Dominique McElligott (“House of Cards”), Jessie T. Usher (“Independence Day: Resurgence”), Chace Crawford (“Gossip Girl”), and Nathan Mitchell (“Supernatural”). Elisabeth Shue (“Leaving Las Vegas”) stars as Madelyn Stillwell, Vought’s senior vice president of Hero Management.
The series is co-produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television Studios with Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures, Kripke Enterprises and Original Film.
“The Boys” comes to Amazon Prime Video July 26.