In what has to be the best use of reference ever, the in-universe superhero movies in The Boys are inspired by Zack Snyder’s movies, according to showrunner Eric Kripke.
“Every time they make a superhero thing, they’re making a Zack Snyder movie,” says Kripke, who is a self-professed fan of superhero aesthetics. “In the stuff that Vought makes, we were inspired more by DC than Marvel. The Marvel stuff is actually reasonably grounded, but the DC stuff tends to get a little pretentious, and we wanted the Vought superhero movies to be a little full of themselves.”
The Boys takes place in a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame and revolves around a group of vigilantes known informally as The Boys, who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.
But it isn’t just DC that Kripke is poking fun at.
“We’re probably way more towards taking shots at Marvel.”
Based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys was developed by Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen and stars Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue, Laz Alonso, Jack Quaid, Karen Fukuhara, Tomer Kapon, Erin Moriarty, Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Jessie Usher, Chace Crawford, Nathan Mitchell, Jennifer Esposito, and Simon Pegg.
The series is set to debut July 26, 2019 on Amazon Prime.