20 Facts About Amazon Prime’s New Hit The Boys
It’s a meta critique of the superhero story
The Boys is a dystopian spin on superheroes, but it’s also pretty meta. It’s a superhero story commenting on superhero stories. There’s the archetypal superhero team we’re all accustomed to seeing, The Seven, but they were chosen specifically and have every detail of their lives mapped out for them to keep up appearances and avoid bad press. They star in their own movies and TV shows, and even their live press conferences are scripted with stories invented by their team of handlers. By this logic, how would we know if another superhero presented to us is really who they appear to be in comics or movies? It’s all scripted by someone anyway.