With Apple, Disney, and HBO introducing their streaming platforms, can the current players stay afloat? Netflix is exploring international content and has hits like Stranger Things and Black Mirror. It’s also not afraid to spend millions to filmmakers who can give them critically acclaimed movies.
But what about Amazon? Sure, it has the award-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Fleabag. Yet it needs something else to attract those looking for gleeful, edgy action. With The Boys, it seems Amazon has nothing to worry about in this department.
A Dark, Fun Take on Superheroes
So what is The Boys about? The title doesn’t exactly tell the viewer anything — not even the genre. It turns out, the series is an adaptation of a comic book of the same name. The comic series has 72 issues in total, which should give The Boys enough material for a few seasons.
In The Boys, the world is already home to many superheroes. But here’s the problem: They don’t act like your typical Marvel superhero. Here, a good chunk of them isn’t motivated to do good just because they can. Instead, these powerful beings live however they want. They’re violent, corrupt, and uncaring.
Thus, it should interest fans of Watchmen. Just like that celebrated graphic novel, this series introduces a different take on superheroes. What if they aren’t as pure and selfless as humanity hopes them to be? What if they’re just as susceptible to the social, economic, and political forces shaping society?
Millions of Viewers in Mere Days
A great thing about comic book adaptations is that they have a built-in fanbase. The comic series may not be as popular as The Umbrella Academy or The Walking Dead, but it has enough fans to promote it. Plus, who wouldn’t be interested in just the synopsis alone?
It’s difficult to know how many people watched The Boys. Even Netflix doesn’t release viewership data for each show it has. But it seems that the superhero show made quite a splash. According to Nielsen, The Boys had eight million viewers in its first ten days.
With these numbers, you’d think that Amazon would consider producing more of it — and it did. The company didn’t even need to know the ratings. Amazon confirmed Season 2 before the eight-episode first season aired.
An Impressive Critical Reception
Amazon Prime subscribers liked The Boys. But did the critics see it in the same light? Yes. Somehow, this violent and hilarious show found the perfect balance. It displayed violent thrills while also exploring a variety of timely issues. The series wasn’t afraid to confront power and corruption in their many forms.
The cast isn’t perfect. At the least, most actors are alright while the likes of Jack Quaid and Erin Moriarty stand out. But together, they do well enough to push the story forward and keep our attention. Plus, we would be lying if we said we didn’t stick for the splashy gore and dark comedy.
Should you watch The Boys? It’s not an essential show for everyone. But it’s a good way to see the many ways artists can explore the world of superheroes. It’s not all about Marvel.