Amazon Prime Video‘s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson‘s comic book series The Boys saw its world premiere this week, with cast members Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Karen Fukuhara, and Elisabeth Shue as well as executive producer-showrunner Eric Kripke invading the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival for a special screening and panel discussion – and Bleeding Cool was there to catch the premiere episode!

Since we’ve still got a little ways to go before the series debuts on July 26th, we’re going to hold off on our formal review until then – but we do want to share our righteously spoiler-rific thoughts on what we’ve seen so far.

But let’s just get this out of the way before we go any further… fan of AMC’s Preacher? Imagine Preacher with the creative freedom of streaming – and a ton more spandex. Worried fan of the Ennis/Robertson comic book series? Take a deep breathe… let it out slowly… and relax: look like the adaptation is in some very capable (and respectful) hands. Amazingly, The Boys found a way to promise a take on superheroes that would feel like it was right outside our windows and actually deliver on that promise.

THE BOYS is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes – who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods – abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. 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.

Overview : A group of vigilantes known informally as The Boys” set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.
A group of vigilantes known informally as The Boys set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.

In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, 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. THE BOYS is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes – who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods – abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. 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. THE BOYS is scheduled for a 2019 release.

Supes have been committing atrocities, which keep getting swept under the rug because they are revered by the adoring public. Billy Butcher recruits The Boys who have all been wronged by The Seven, the world’s most notorious superheroes, to bring them down and stop the corruption. Based on the best-selling comics by Garth Ennis, The Boys is a revenge story where the nobodies take on the somebodies.

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