Homelander’s Origin Story Makes Him Identical To The MCU’s Captain America
“The Boys Presents: Diabolical” proudly gives the heroes a bad rap.
The gory anthology of fun-sized superheroes isn’t for the faint-hearted, with eight short stories based on the New York Times bestselling comic book The Boys, created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The was developed by executive producer and showrunner Eric Kripke for Prime Video’s live-action series.
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“Wonderfully Damaged Minds” by writers Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, Justin Roiland and Ben Bayouth, Garth Ennis, Awkwafina, Eliot Glazer and Ilana Glazer, Andy Samberg, Aisha Tyler and Simon Racioppa come from the stories centered on “The Boys” – y including an origin story for Homelander that looks even more like Marvel’s Captain America by way of a nice transformation.
Homelander, insecure? Now everything makes sense.
All eight “Diabolical” episodes will premiere March 4 exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories around the world. Each episode lasts between 12 and 14 minutes, with a unique animation style.
The star-studded voice cast includes Awkwafina, Michael Cera, Don Cheadle, Chace Crawford, Kieran Culkin, Giancarlo Esposito, Eliot Glazer, Jason Isaacs, Kumail Nanjiani, Justin Roiland, Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, Ben Schwartz, Elisabeth Shue, Christian Slater, Kevin Smith, Antony Starr, Nasim Pedrad, Simon Pegg, Kenan Thompson, Aisha Tyler and Oscar winner Yuh-Jung Youn.
Episodes range from “Laser Baby’s Day Out,” written by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen and directed by Crystal Chesney-Thompson and Derek Thompson, with classic American animation style; to “An Animated Short Where Pissed-Off Supes Kill Their Parents”, written by Justin Roiland and Ben Bayouth and directed by Parker Simmons, using Roiland’s cartoon aesthetic.
The episode “I’m Your Pusher” is a tribute to the original “The Boys” comics, with creator Garth Ennis writing the episode and Giancarlo Volpe directing. “Boyd in 3D” is written by Eliot Glazer, using a story co-designed by sister and “Broad City” creator Ilana Glazer, and directed by Naz Ghodrati-Azadi in a French animation style.
“BFFs”, written by Awkwafina and directed by Madeleine Flores, uses a cartoon style derived from “Saturday morning animation imports”. Meanwhile, Aisha Tyler’s “Nubian vs. Nubian” is directed by Matthew Bordenave and uses the anime.
Andy Samberg wrote “John and Sun-Hee”, inspired by Korean drama and horror and directed by Steve Ahn, and the latest episode “One Plus One Equals Two” is written by Simon Racioppa and directed by Jae Kim and Giancarlo Volpe for a darker take on American superhero animation.
Racioppa is also executive producing “The Boys Presents: Diabolical,” alongside “The Boys” showrunner Eric Kripke, and producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Ori Marmur, Ken F. Levin, Jason Netter, Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Michaela Starr, Loreli Alanis, Chris Prynoski, Shannon Prynoski and Ben Kalina.
“The Boys Presents: Diabolical” is produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television Studios, with Titmouse, Kripke Enterprises, Original Film and Point Gray Pictures.
Check out the full trailer below!
“The Boys Presents: Diabolical” premieres March 4 on Prime Video.
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