It took them time, but writers and producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have finally accomplished what they set out to do – they brought a TV series adaptation of the acclaimed Garth Ennis comic “Preacher” to life.
In the wake of that show’s premiere on AMC last weekend, the pair are now talking about another Ennis comic adaptation they have in the works – “The Boys”. “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke is also onboard the project about a group of government funded black ops enforcers who blackmail and bash up superheroes who have gone bad by recklessly killing innocents and performing sexually deviant acts.
An adaptation is incredibly tricky as the comic has even more vulgar content than “Preacher”. Rogen tells The Live Feed: “We’re in a similar place with it now where we were with Preacher. Now that we’ve convinced everyone to let us adapt this into a show, what are we actually going to do?” For his part, Ennis believes adapting “The Boys” is actually easier than “Preacher”:
“I think in terms of plot, it’s going to be easier. I think it’s a lot more linear… [Marvel Studios] has done a lot of the work for us already. Ten years ago, if you introduced The Boys to a mainstream audience, they would’ve been mystified. They would be able to identify roughly who was standing in for Batman, Superman, the Hulk, probably Spider-Man and Captain America. Not beyond that.
Now, ten years on, with the success of the various franchises, mainstream audiences have been educated in the world of superheroes. So when an Iron Man-esque guy pops up, they’ll know who that is. That’s going to be simpler. [What’s trickier is] making The Boys look as good as a superhero movie. It’s less grounded than Preacher in that regard.”
Rogen has also spoken about why he wants to make the show in the first place:
“The idea of doing something in the world of superheroes, in a more traditional sense, was very appealing to us. Preacher is a comic book, but there’s something about the visuals of that world and the idea of really trying as firmly as possible implant that type of idea in our world… it’s something we’ve talked about doing for years and years and years and years, and we’ve just never really found the right idea. We’ve kicked around tons of ideas like it, and [The Boys] is probably the way to do all of that.”
Ennis believes the show will find an audience in people who’re done with the superhero genre: “Sick of superheroes? Because we are.”