The phrase “never meet your heroes” has never been made more clear than in the hit superhero show The Boys created by Eric Kripke. Based on the highly controversial comic book series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys follows Hughie Cambell (Jack Quaid), a nervous and grief-stricken yet kind-hearted young man who joins a group of anti-superhero vigilantes after his girlfriend (Jess Salgueiro) is murdered by a popular superhero (Jessie T. Usher). Under the leadership of the violent and morally ambiguous Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), Hughie and his group’s main goal is to take down these corrupt superheroes and Vought, the powerful company that protects their image in order to get justice for the woman he loved. However, Hughie and Butcher soon find out that there is more at stake than just avenging their loved ones, as the superheroes and Vought have sinister intentions when it comes to expanding their image and popularity.

The Boys proves to be a highly engaging show by making the audience care about Hughie’s story arc as the actions committed by these superheroes are shown to be quite shocking and cruel, allowing one to relate to Hughie’s group and desire for the heroes to be stopped just as much as the characters within the show do.

The first season of The Boys received critical acclaim for its clever writing, faithfulness to the source material, different take on the superhero genre and extraordinary performances, particularly by Urban and Antony Starr, who portrays Homelander, a dark take on the massively popular character Superman. Ahead of the first season premiere, The Boys was renewed for a second season. Ahead of the second season’s premiere, the show was renewed for a third season on July 23, 2020. The second season of The Boys will premiere on September 4, on the streaming service Amazon Prime Video.

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