The Boys cast Karl Urban

Karl Urban is going to crack open some cold ones with The Boys. The Thor: Ragnarok actor is the latest addition to Amazon’s new series adapted from the Garth Ennis/Darick Robertson comic book. The series is set in a world where superheroes exist, and have grown corrupted by their fame. As a result, the CIA employs a secret team to monitor them. Urban will play the leader of the superhero monitoring team. Read on for more info on The Boys cast.

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Amazon’s The Boys has cast a bunch of superheroes. A bunch of filthy, no-good, vile superheroes who will have their faces kicked in by a team of antiheroes dedicated to policing the super-powered people who walk among us.

Like the Garth Ennis/Darick Robertson comic before it, this new series follows “the Boys,” a black-ops team dedicated to spying on, blackmailing, and even roughing up superheroes who stray out of line. And while we don’t know who will be the title characters quite yet, we do know who will be playing members of The Seven, this universe’s equivalent of the Justice League and the series’ primary antagonists.

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The Boys, an adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s anti-hero comic series, has moved around in Hollywood so frequently that I’m surprised I haven’t seen a moving truck driving across town with its comic covers plastered on the side. But after years of circling the city, that truck has finally found a permanent parking spot: Amazon Studios has just picked up the series for an eight episode first season.
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After years of jumping between the big and the small screens, and of being bounced from network to network like a troubled child in an ’80s movie, The Boys has found a new home. The television adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson‘s anti-superhero comic is now being developed at Amazon, where it could receive a straight-to-series pick-up. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are still on board to executive produce and direct. Supernatural creator Eric Kripke is still attached to the write the pilot.

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The Boys is a big middle finger to superheroes and all they stand far. It’s a gruesome, immature, often very good, and often cringe-worthy comic series that finds writer Garth Ennis indulging his worst habits while also finding opportunities to remind us that there’s a rockstar of a storyteller underneath all of the gore and dick jokes. It’s almost become a movie on several occasions. Last year, we heard that The Boys was heading to television instead. Now, it looks like it’s going to be a series on Cinemax, shepherded to the screen by many of the same folks who are bringing Preacher (another Ennis comic) to AMC.

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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are currently busy adapting Garth EnnisPreacher for AMC, and now they may be looking to bringing Ennis’ The Boys to television as well. The comic book series centers around a black-ops CIA team tasked with keeping superheroes in line. Read about the possible The Boys TV series after the jump. Read More »

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With his film The Other Guys, Anchorman and Talladega Nights director Adam McKay expanded his ability for staging physical comedy to staging all-out action. From there, he was interested in adapting The Boys, a comic series penned by Garth Ennis in which a super-powered CIA squad acts as a sort of enforcement unit overseeing the world’s reckless superheroes.

The film was moving forward at Columbia for a while, but the studio passed and it looked like The Boys was going to remain on the page. But McKay recently suggested otherwise, and that Paramount might end up making the film. Read More »

The Boys are in the orphanage. Columbia has been developing an adaptation of the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic series for the past few years, but things have changed. The project has been put into turnaround, so another studio has a chance to step in and pick it up. This doesn’t have to be a death knell for the film — in fact, going into turnaround can sometimes be the best way for a project to get new life, as a company that is  a lot more invested in the material might step up to move it forward. Read More »

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As more and more graphic novels and comic books are adapted to the screen, studios are broadening the search for possible directors. It’s not just proven talents in action, horror and fantasy, but established vets of just about any stripe.

Earlier this year we heard that Samuel Bayer (A Nightmare on Elm Street) wanted to direct an adaptation of the Garth Ennis series The Boys, but it wasn’t a huge surprise to hear that the studio, Sony, wants someone a little different: Adam McKay, director of Anchorman and Step Brothers. Now Sony is reportedly close to getting him. Read More »