In all the superhero movies, the protagonists are shown as good people who are not maligned by the incredible powers they have. They always want to stay in the shadows and only show up when the world needs saving. They might stray from the noble path sometimes, but they are inherently good and, in the end, will always do the right thing. This is a very romantic idea and, in a world full of bad people, seems rather impossible. When has it happened that a person in power hasn’t used it to his own end?
‘The Boys’ doesn’t want you to fall for the Disney-styled superheroes. It presents a whole different side of these heroes, giving you a hard truth about how it would actually be if there really were people with superhuman abilities amongst us. They won’t sit back and lead a boring life. Instead, they would make a spectacle out of themselves and abuse their power, as any person would. If you haven’t yet seen the series, head over to Prime Video. SPOILER ALERT!
Summary of the Plot
‘The Boys’ is set in a world where superheroes are treated as celebrities, if not gods. They are managed by a company whose only job is to maintain the reputation of the heroes for the public and make as much money as they can out of it. While there are 200+ superheroes around the world, there is a team of the best of them all that operates from New York. They are called the Seven. They are loved and adored by everyone. But that’s because no one is aware of all the bad stuff they do. After Hugh Campbell’s girlfriend is killed by one of the Seven, he is approached by a man named Billy Butcher who offers him to join his team and exact the revenge.
Themes of the Story
‘The Boys’ might be fiction, but what works so wonderfully for it is the resonance with reality. The first thing that it gets right is the fact that the superhero business is one of the most profitable businesses right now. There had always been a craze for superheroes and such movies had been made before as well. But the past decade saw an incredible increase in the appetite of the audience for the superhuman protagonists. With ‘Avengers: Endgame’ becoming the highest-grossing film of all time, the morale of the studios has only increased and there is a legion of movies that we will get to see in the next couple of years. But the effect of it doesn’t stop at the movie theatres. There is merchandising, theme parks, and all the other tricks to keep the audience invested in this world. ‘The Boys’ heavily satirises this by highlighting the “human” than the “super” part of the word.