The Boys: When is it released? Who is in the cast? Everything you need to know about the dark superhero series

The subversive and NSFW comic book series is launching on Prime Video this summer.

The subversive and NSFW comic book series is launching on Prime Video this summer.

What would happen if superheroes were lazy, fallible, outrageous and abusive with their powers?

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The Boys turns the superhero genre on its head with a dark and irreverent take on the comic book format.

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 and covers up all of their dirty secrets.

Starring Karl Urban, Jack Quaid and Elisabeth Shue, The Boys is a mature take on the morals of superheroes, blending together pitch black humour with comedic and OTT sex and violence.

It’s not a series for the faint-hearted.

Here is everything you need to know about Prime Video's The Boys.

When is The Boys released?

The Boys stars Erin Moriarty and Jack Quaid

The Boys is released worldwide on Prime Video on July 26th.

It will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday, April 29th.

There will be eight episodes in season one.

Watch the trailer

Warning: The following trailer is not suitable for younger viewers


Who is in the cast?

The Boys cast at New York Comic-Con

The Boys are Hughie (Jack Quaid, The Hunger Games), Billy Butcher (Karl Urban, Star Trek), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso, Detroit), Frenchie (Tomer Capon, Hostages), and The Female (Karen Fukuhara, Suicide Squad).  Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) guest stars as Hughie’s father.

The Supes of The Seven are led by Homelander (Antony Starr, Banshee) who is joined by Starlight (Erin Moriarty, Captain Fantastic), Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott, House of Cards), A-Train (Jessie T. Usher, Independence Day: Resurgence), The Deep (Chace Crawford, Gossip Girl) and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell, Supernatural).


Academy Award nominee Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas) stars as Madelyn Stillwell, Vought’s Senior VP of Hero Management.

Who are the creators?

The Boys producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

Eric Kripke (Supernatural) is the writer and showrunner and he’s got a creative team including Seth Rogen (Preacher), Evan Goldberg (Preacher), James Weaver (Preacher), Neal H. Moritz (Prison Break), Pavun Shetty (New Girl) and Ori Marmur (Preacher).

The pilot episode is directed by Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane).

What is The Boys based on?

The Boys is a best-selling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.

Set between 2006 and 2008, the series exists in a world where superheroes have been corrupted by their celebrity status and are placing the world in danger with their erratic and outrageous behavior.

In response, a super-powered squad known as ‘The Boys’ are given the responsibility of controlling the superhero community.

Ennis stated that he wanted to “out-Preacher Preacher” with the series, referring to the extreme violence and sexual elements of his other famous comic.

The Boys TV series is being adapted for TV by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who also worked on bringing Preacher to TV.

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How to watch The Boys?

Watch The Boys on Amazon Prime Video from July 26th.

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