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I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Amazon Video’s The Boys. I remember a few years back there was news of a potential film, but I didn’t pay too much attention since I’ve seen many films hit the “talks” stage before being cancelled or ending up in development hell (looking at you Halo).
I don’t read comics as much as I used to, but there was a period when I probably went through 100+ issues a month. I remember starting my binge with The Walking Dead, and then moving on to series like Kill or be Killed, Punisher: Max and Preacher. My interest in Garth Ennis’s work then led to The Boys. Ennis aimed to “outpreacher Preacher,” by portraying even more sex and violence than his previous work. The sex and violence were gratuitous as times but overall, Lot Sci-Fi Loose Mini Imperial Predectorate Army NM the series was a well-written and interesting look at what could happen if people really became superheroes. The same corruption, Battletech painted Sabre Fighter WGlack of empathy etc. we see in some politicians and celebrities would only be magnified with people who are physically superior to us.
I generally avoid watching shows or films based on source material I’ve already read. There are so many shows out there and I want to prioritize the stories that are brand new to me. I looked up some clips of The Boys and the acting didn’t seem that great, outside of Homelander and Elisabeth Shue. Karl Urban sounds closer to Australian than British half the time. Jessie T. Usher is horrible as A-Train etc.Battletech painted Ymir battlemech GC
The clips also made it clear that there were some pretty big chances from the comics e.g. Hughie and the team don’t know about Compound V at the start. Looking up a plot synopsis also revealed other changes, such as Butcher’s wife being alive. For me, this ruins the reason for Butcher’s crusade against the Supes. In the comics he is a Machiavellian figure willing to use anyone to get revenge for the murder of his wife at the hands of Homelander. FASA Battletech 4th Edition 1604 w Maps, Game Pieces, Books, Record Sheets, etcWhat direction will the show go in season two? Since Becca Butcher is looking after Homelander’s kid, will that fuel more conflict between Homelander and Butcher. Or will they become allies?
At this point, the show seems like a property inspired by the comic. It may not make sense, but I am actually less inclined to check out an adaptation when it makes glaring changes from the source material. Instead of getting a faithful adaptation, you end up with a Frankenstein monster of stories you love and others you’re lukewarm on or hate.
Additionally, adding in a bunch of subplots and twists that don’t exist in the comics (like Homelander’s son) just come across as filler. It’s as if the show is padding its length out in order to get more seasons before it reaches its conclusion.