The Boys Star Karl Urban Calls the Superhero Genre ‘Lightweight’

According to “The Boys” star Karl Urban, who attributes the show’s success to its ability to connect with viewers on “existential issues,” there is ample potential to explore other stories within the superhero genre.

“The Boys” is on the opposite end of the superhero genre, as it is set in a universe where superheroes aren’t the sanctimonious cult figures found in Marvel and DC films.

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The Boys

The show, which is based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, depicts superheroes as selfish and corrupt individuals who are controlled by an evil global corporation known as The Vought.

Superhero stories, according to Urban, have the same power today as Westerns did in the 1950s and cop dramas did in the 1960s.

What Did The Boys Star Karl Urban Say –

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Karl Urban

“I think there’s enough room for all kinds of subgenres within the superhero genre and the audience demand to see more stories in that world is really quite strong. The superhero genre is just literally the lightest genre that strikes a chord with the audience.

“In the fifties, it was Westerns and the sixties, it was cop shows and they are always used as a device to present to the audience the existential issues that sort of feed into the current zeitgeist of the community,” the 49-year-old actor told PTI in a Zoom interview.

“The Boys,” created by Erick Kripke, made a big hit launch on Prime Video in 2019 and quickly became a craze among fans and critics for its unique take on the superhero genre.

The Boys
The Boys

One of the reasons for the show’s success, according to Urban, was the way it used current events in the real world to tell its story, which helped it strike a deep chord with viewers. The new season, according to Urban, is “far more fluid and energetic” than the prior chapters.
Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Karen Fukuhara, Claudia Doumit, and Jensen Ackles will all appear in season three of “The Boys.”

The first three episodes of the third season are presently available to watch on Prime Video, with fresh episodes released every Friday until the season finale on July 8.

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