Based on an infamous cult comic by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Amazon Prime’s Preacher is loud, violent, satirical, and unashamedly over-the-top.
It’s also perhaps a surprising success, having recently been commissioned for a fourth season. Now, the creative team responsible for Preacher have turned their attention to another Garth Ennis comic series, The Boys, which follows a CIA team put together to patrol and control the actions of superheroes in a world where they’re working for a Blackwater-type corporation and where their often reckless antics put others in danger.
So far, we’ve had two teaser trailers. One shown at NYC Comic Con introduced the Vought Corporation and its “portfolio of superheroes”, while the latest trailer – which you can watch above – is a blur of frenzied scenes that do a great job of establishing tone even if we still don’t really know what’s going on.
So, there’s a woman smashing into a truck, people beating each other up, Karl Urban looking angry, an invisible man peeing into a cup, superheroes posing like douches, a man punching a wall, a superhero dunking a man underwater for some reason, explosions and, perhaps most randomly, what seems to be a dolphin suspended in the middle of a room. We’re sold.
Who knows what we’ll actually get when The Boys arrives on Amazon Prime this summer, but the comics definitely suggest Preacher-style deranged fun. For example, Urban’s character, Billy Butcher, has a bulldog called Terror that he’s trained to have sex with stuff on demand. Pretty sure they don’t have that at Crufts. The series also stars Jennifer Esposito, Erin Moriarty, Jack Quaid and Elisabeth Shue, and is definitely one to keep an eye out for.