During their NYCC panel, Amazon series The Boys debut its first teaser trailer, which introduces Madelyn Stillwell of Vought International, as well as the company’s superhero group, The Seven.
In the comics, Vought International is the company behind a number of well-known superheroes, including The Seven – and the titular Boys aren’t big fans of theirs.
According to the official synopsis of the show: “The Boys centers on a group of vigilantes known informally as The Boys, who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than their blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty … It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about The Seven, and Vought — the multi-billion dollar conglomerate that manages these superheroes.”
Adapted from Garth Ennis’ comic by Eric Kripke and producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, The Boys stars the likes of Karl Urban, Chace Crawford, Simon Pegg, Erin Moriarty, and many more.
Surprisingly, Billy Zane also makes a cameo in the series, as Kripke explained that he called up the actor because there is a “Lindsay Lohan-esque superhero named Pop Claw” who stars in a film called Terminal Beauty 3.
Kripke continued, “We called Billy Zane and were like, ‘Billy Zane, can you fly out and film a scene in Terminal Beauty 3?’ And to his credit, Billy Zane was like, ‘I’m totally gonna fly out and film a scene from Terminal Beauty 3.”
While Preacher, another Ennis-adapted series produced by Rogen and Goldberg, is more of an alternate reality (as Goldberg referred to it at the NYCC panel), The Boys is something based “more in our reality.”
“The superhero metaphor works for certain politicians, it works for certain celebrities, it works for professional athletes, it works for our media-saturated culture. The world now reflects the world of The Boys way more than when Garth wrote it. And even though it’s a superhero-action show, I really truly believe we’re making the most topical show on television,” Kripke added.
The Boys is set for release on Amazon in 2019.