The first trailer for The Boys spinoff has just dropped, and true to form, it is pretty wild. The new show is called The Boys: Diabolical and is going to be an animated anthology series featuring a plethora of famous writers and stars (some already on the original show, some new). Given the ability of animation to really ramp up the gore and ridiculousness that is the hallmark of The Boys, it should be no surprise that they are raising the bar on those elements. And wow, they really are. In just over two minutes, The Boys spinoff gives us cat girls, a baby with laser eyes, some kind of goo that turns people into superheroes, an elephant man doing drugs, and at least one man angrily screaming at his neighbors that he is not a pedophile. It’s a lot. Take a look at it here:
The trailer for The Boys spinoff has a whole bunch of chaos in just over 120 seconds, but the broad strokes are that the show will have short, 12-14 minute episodes in different animation styles. Some appear to feature existing characters like The Homelander (Antony Starr), Black Noir and Hughie Campbell, now apparently voiced by Simon Pegg, the original inspiration for the character and who portrays the father of Jack Quaid’s character in the series proper. The Boys: Diabolical will notably feature episodes written by the likes of Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen, Eliot Glazer & Ilana Glazer and even original author Garth Ennis. The episodes will apparently involve the aforementioned cat girls, a man who apparently wants to change his face to that of the amoral superhero Homelander and just a lot, lot, lot of bloodshed.
The Boys launched on Amazon Prime in 2019, with a second season quickly following in 2020. Based on the Garth Ennis comic book series of the same name, it basically asks the question: what if all superheroes were actually really awful and massive and amoral corporations ran the world? Since the latter is pretty evident in the current world, it is no surprise that the irreverent take on superheroes quickly became a hit. It also finally made a star out of Karl Urban, who had previously portrayed science fiction icons Judge Dredd and Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy before portraying the superhero-hating Billy Butcher. It was also not the only hyper-violent show Amazon has released, with the similarly iconoclastic Invincible (based on the comic by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley) being released in 2021. If anything it is a surprise that it has taken this long for a The Boys spinoff.
And naturally, this is not the only The Boys spinoff in the works. Reportedly, there is another show in development featuring the comic book parody of Marvel’s X-Men, The G-Men. In the show, they basically will be superbeings developed by the Vought Corporation and living on a corporate campus, but trust us, it gets worse from there. The Boys: Diabolical is set to be released on March 4, 2022.