Superhero orgies and a psychopathic Captain America: the return of ‘The Boys’, told by its creator


Warning to the unwary: shortly after starting its third season, ‘TheBoys’ (Prime Video, from Friday, day 3) exceeds all the limits of bad taste and offers one of those situations that one cannot forget even if they want to. “It’s not just the craziest thing we’ve ever done, but maybe the craziest thing anyone has ever done”says the creator of the series, Eric Kripke, in an individual interview with this newspaper. “People think I’m exaggerating until they see the episode. Then they text me to say, ‘You were right.'” In a way, he turns Gaspar Noé’s most important ravings into almost childish things. Seeing is believing.

From something like this, can everything usually go down? Not quite. This satirical assault on the Marvel and DC universes will also later offer a superheroic orgy, a particularly beloved plot (look for the ‘Herogasm’ miniseries) from Marvel comics. Garth Ennis (hyphen) and David Robertson (He drew). “I’ve seen copycats and they’re absolutely insane,” says Kripke. “I saw them covering my mouth with my hand,” she promises.

Be that as it may, ‘The Boys’ has become a phenomenon not only because of its tendency to the shocking and indelible moment (some of us still think of a certain whale), but also because of its wise combination of the nihilism of the original comic with well-assimilated doses of sincere emotion . The characters are not mere pawns in a game of cruelty. Kripke, old wolf of television fiction, admired above all by ‘Supernatural’has managed to give more than one dimension to its new heroes and villains, that is, the group of outlaws of the title and the super little superheroes of The Seven.

These last, unleashed celebrities who have turned the world into their playground, were born artificially, and not naturally, in the laboratories of Vought International, a corrupt conglomerate whose tentacles reach into every imaginable industry, beginning with those of cinema and television. This third season starts with a fragment of ‘Dawn of the Seven’, a ‘blockbuster’ that has been through problems: after the controversy over Stormfront’s (Aya Cash) Nazi past, some parts had to be re-shot, now with a especially famous actress in the role. (We will not reveal who he is, nor the name of the director in charge of those ‘reshoots’, great joke for those more involved in cinema).

Be bad and you’ll like

We met again with Patriot (Anthony Starr), absolute leader (for a short time) of The Seven, at a delicate moment, having to explain himself for having sneaked in through the wrong Nazi. To get out of the crisis, on the other hand, he won’t have to downplay the psychotic side of him, but show it more openly. Kripke tells us: “The overall plot of ‘The Boys’ tells of Patriot’s descent into madness, and the threat that poses: if Superman loses his mind, we’re in for an apocalyptic problem. Until now, the character hasn’t let go. because of certain barriers, like the fact that in order to survive I needed to look like a hero and be loved by people.

In this season, Patriota discovers that being bad makes him better in the eyes of many. “When he inadvertently shows some of his madness to the public, a good part of that public begins to love him even more. Parallels can be made with some former president of the United States. They are totally intended parallels. When he understands that he does not have to behave well to be liked Throw aside all the retaining fences.”

Far from the suffocating inbreeding of many superheroic projects, ‘The Boys’ is the exuberant reflection of a real world where celebrity and authoritarianism intertwine with greater intensity every day. “We use the concept of the superhero to reflect on the attraction of people to the figure of the strong man,” explains Kripke. “The world is a complicated place and people need to follow someone who makes the complex simple, and who tells them that he is the only one who can help them, and that there is no problem that he cannot solve with a clean fist. That is why people end up surrendered to very dangerous people, as well as liars. Or harmful: just look at the Ukraine drama.”

A Captain America like no other

As Patriot slides into open psychosis, Butcher (Karl Urban), the leader of the real good guys, seems more focused than usual: he doesn’t kill supers, he doesn’t drink, and he even goes along with Hugh Campbell’s orders (Jack Quaid) from the Federal Office of Superhuman Affairs. But a new formula from Vought, which allows anyone to become a superhero for 24 hours, could allow him to fight on equal terms against Patriot. Soon Breast Milk (Laz Alonso), Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) and Frenchies (Tomer Capon), rest of the team, get dragged into the good old ol’ explosive messes.

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The season will have one of its main hooks in Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles, from ‘Supernatural’), the Patriot before Patriot, a parody of Captain America. According to Kripke, he has chosen his old acquaintance Ackles because they have agreed to give him half of his salary. Jokes aside, he “knew Soldier Boy had to be charming, but also scary, and he can do all of that,” he explains. “After seeing him in a few scenes, I couldn’t remember that he was Dean Winchester one day; now I can only call him Soldier Boy.”

‘The Boys’ is an unparalleled series, among various reasons, for raising an anti-corporate message from the… Amazon, one of the largest corporations on the planet. “I don’t usually talk about it much, but ‘The Simpsons’ has been a huge influence“says Kripke. “Because their attitude is clearly anti-corporate [aunque después se cruce en forzadas sinergias con marcas de Disney, todo sea dicho] and his satirical jokes about our world are top notch. Being able to play with that tone has really been a milestone in my career. I will never have a better time & rdquor ;.


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