Why Fans of ‘Supernatural’ Should Check Out Amazon’s ‘The Boys’
Summer is one of the best times of the year to binge-watch a show because other programs are on break. If you watch Supernatural regularly—reruns included—but can’t wait for season 15 to start, there are a handful shows out here that can give you your fix. Amazon’s The Boys provides just the right dose of wit, drama, blood, and dark fantasy notes in its first season to keep your attention.
Adapted from a comic book series of the same name, the gritty show centers on awful, corrupt, celebrity superheroes called “The Seven.” They live openly in public wreaking havoc, saving the day, and eventually becoming the hunted. It’s a unique take on the superhero genre that takes caped crusaders off their pedestals and turns them into dirty, two-faced “wankers.” But then there are the cussing, brazen, ragtag anti-heroes, “The Boys.”
If you love Supernatural and haven’t checked out this new series, here are a few reasons to do so.
Eric Kripke is the creator
OG Supernatural fans will recognize Kripke’s name in the credits of The Boys. He’s the creator of both shows and brings his special brand of storytelling to the new series. Writer-director Kripke is an avid fan of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic books, and was ecstatic about bringing The Seven to the small screen, telling The Hollywood Reporter:
“I was just a really big fan of Garth Ennis. He’s my favorite comic book writer by a mile. His work was so influential on Supernatural and my favorite comics from him were Preacher and The Boys. So when they announced that Preacher was being made as a series with Seth, Evan, and Neal Moritz producing it, I was really pissed they gave it to somebody else. And I knew somebody over at Neil Moritz and I sat down with him literally just to say screw you for giving Preacher to somebody else. And he came in and sat down and said, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ And I was like, ‘Screw you for giving Preacher to somebody else.’ Then he said, ‘Well, we have The Boys and we couldn’t get it made as a movie, so we’re trying to do it as a TV show, do you want that?’ And I said, ‘Oh, yeah, totally. I’ll take that.’ And that was the end of it.”
Little did fans know that Supernatural was influenced by these stories, but you’ll notice some similarities in both shows and a special appearance in the final episode of season one’s The Boys. We dare you not to yell, “Hey, it’s Bobby!” at your screen when you see the secretary of defense sitting at the table.
There’s gore, grit, humor, and a family vibe
Some viewers might find The Boys to be over-the-top bloody with its exploding people, criminals getting lasered or sliced in half, and a slow-motion scene resulting in the sad death of a dolphin. But hey, Supernatural fans have seen this type of stuff before, haven’t we? Admittedly, The Boys is way gorier (sometimes outrageously) than a CW show will allow, but you can see Kripke’s mark in these scenes. If you haven’t watched yet, you’ll either be covering your mouth or widening your eyes in shock.
The weird bond between Butcher (Karl Urban), Hughie (Jack Quaid), Frenchie (Tomer Kapon), and Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), will remind you of the familial relationships between Sam, Dean, Castiel, and perhaps even Bobby. At different times in Supernatural’s run, they’ve surprisingly—and sometimes reluctantly—joined forces with allies such as Rowena, Charlie, and Crowley. Check out the dynamics and mannerisms between the characters in both series.
Additionally, conversations about morals, vengeance, and necessary evils are recurring themes in both shows. Like Supernatural, The Boys go on missions to outsmart and take down monsters (caped heroes in this case). These missions are dangerous and sometimes bloody but have more than a touch of satire. The show is wild, dramatic, and funny. That too, was Kripke’s intent. He told the Los Angeles Times:
“I’m just doing my best to reflect the tone that Garth Ennis created. He’s a master at mixing hardcore violence with absurd humor with political commentary, and I’m just trying to match that. We’re depicting how we feel real humans would behave if they had the power: They would abuse it.”
There are little touches that eagle-eyed Supernatural fans might catch
Butcher, the lead hero-hater in The Boys, is merciless and tough, and one of the things he owns is an old, black car. There are several scenes in The Boys that involved popping open the trunk of the car to retrieve a captive, weapon, or bogus license plate. Sound familiar? In one scene, Butcher swaps out one plate attaches an Ohio tag to the car. Know anybody else who’s driven around with Ohio plates?
The Boys has already been renewed for season two, and Supernatural devotees could find themselves hooked to another one of Kripke’s creations. The pacing, jokes, and superheroes-as-jerks storylines are crafted to be relevant to today’s entertainment and political culture, but with a twist. Peep it. There’s horror, hilarity, and brotherhood.