Every few months, a new superhero film comes out to heaps of box office earnings. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been killing it with their connected universe that spans across multiple films with huge crossovers that have never been seen before on such a scale. The DCEU, however, is…well…it’s doing its own thing.
Whether you love it or hate it, the superhero genre is here to stay. But I’ll be honest, after Avengers Infinity War and Endgame, I couldn’t help but feel like I had enough of the superhero genre, at least for a while. For me, Endgame felt like a good, solid ending. The story that started in 2008 with Iron Man had come full circle. It felt complete. Superhero fatigue is a thing, with so many films coming out at such a rapid rate one can’t help but feel a little fatigued after all of it.
When I heard of The Boys, yet another superhero story, I rolled my eyes until I actually looked at the description and watched the trailer. And, let’s just say that I was hooked from the get-go…
A Parody of the Do-Gooder
The Boys is, at its core, a parody. The story revolves around superheroes behaving badly behind closed doors and a team of misfits with obscured consciences and payback on the forefront of their thinking. It’s the brutal reality of what the world would be like with super-powered beings.
Nothing is clear cut which makes the story so much fun. I’d avoid giving spoilers but basically, The Boys toys with some heavy themes, such as religion, god complexes, the coming of the second Cold War (in terms of superheroes being the next best thing to a nuke) and good, old human nature.
The story is a fresh breath of air with its mature humour, crazy action scenes and the themes it so brazenly tackles. This is the most real superhero story you’ll find crafted with enough familiarity from other well-known superhero stories to make its own spin on the classic “do-gooder” motif that superhero stories normally use.
The Amazon Prime show has a huge cast of familiar faces and they all do a fantastic job at creating a believable world full of shock and awe.
If Karl Urban (yes, the best Dredd ever) using a laser-beaming baby as a weapon doesn’t pique your curiosity, then I’m afraid you are beyond help. Antony Starr (Banshee) is a fantastic super-powered sociopath, I’m glad to see him back on my screens after the brilliant Banshee series had its run, while Jack Quaid is my personal favourite of the show.
The Anti-Superhero Genre
The Boys might not be for everyone; it requires a certain tolerance for gore and insanity. But it is so worth it. I might be over the superhero genre but The Boys is something else. This is the anti-superhero genre. And trust me, it is a fresh take on the superhero genre as a whole.