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DF Interview: Garth Ennis discusses the second season of Amazon’s The Boys, its comic book roots, more
By Byron Brewer
With the second season of The Boys now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, DF thought it would catch up with writer Garth Ennis, co-creator of the source comic book, to find out his thoughts on both the TV product based on his work and a little about the iconic comic itself.
Dynamic Forces: Garth, as co-creator of The Boys, tell us how you find the adaptation of your comic book on the current Amazon Prime series. Has the popularity of the TV show surprised you?
Garth Ennis: I can certainly see why people like it. There’s something about the sheer simplicity of the concept that makes it so easy to get across, you can do it in one line: superheroes are bastards and they need a slap, and here are the people to do it. You couldn’t really do that with something like Preacher.
DF: I am sure many wonder if you have anything to do with the Amazon TV production… anything to do with the show itself?
Garth Ennis: No, I’m content to take a back seat. The sensible thing to do is let the book be the book and the show the show, I think.
DF: Season 2 of the series is currently streaming. Without spoilers, is there anything you can reveal to readers about the season?
Garth Ennis: You’ll get to see a good deal more of Butcher’s backstory, and – tangled up with that – the Homelander’s.
DF: Who is your favorite character (and actor) on The Boys TV series? Is there one that represents a character from your comic truest on the video adaptation?
Garth Ennis: I’m very impressed with the whole cast, but I think Butcher, Starlight and the Homelander are the absolute standouts. Anthony Starr gives the impression of enjoying himself enormously.
DF: While we’ve got you, talk a little about the new Dynamite prequel to The Boys you’ve been doing, The Boys: Dear Becky.
Garth Ennis: Twelve years on from the events of the original Boys series, Hughie gets an unwelcome reminder of the bad old days that sees him investigating certain events that occurred before he joined the team, round about 1999. Then, in a sort of flashback within a flashback, we see Butcher’s reminiscences of his days with his wife Becky in the late ‘80s – the happiest times of his life, times that would never come again.
DF: Speaking of flashbacks: Relate, if you would, how the concept and reality developed that eventually became the Wildstorm comic book, The Boys.
Garth Ennis: Like a couple of other things I wrote back then, The Boys emerged from the era of George W. Bush’s presidency, and the wrongdoing and callousness associated with those particular times. Odd that I’m now almost nostalgic for that period, given the current administration. But the idea behind the book was to use superheroes as a lens to examine the last 70-80 years of American politics and history, with the rise of the military-industrial complex and the effect it’s had on the nation. I also wanted to talk a little about bad people and the role they play in the world, both as a force for evil and for punishing it.
DF: Garth, aside from The Boys prequel, what are you working on these days that you can tell readers about?
Garth Ennis: Right now, I’m working on a couple of new war stories set on the Russian front in WWII, both with female protagonists. I’ve also got a new time-travel comedy with artist Goran Sudzuka, published by AWA, and a short but sweet story in the DC Halloween special that features the return of Noonan’s bar and its regulars. Beyond that, a new miniseries for UK publisher Rebellion, featuring the return of a highly unexpected character, and a Punisher story with Goran Parlov that I hope will eventually see the light of day.
Dynamic Forces would like to thank Garth Ennis for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. The fourth TV episode of The Boys’ second season just dropped on Amazon Prime Video. The Boys: Dear Becky #5 from Dynamite Entertainment is slated to hit stores Sept. 30th!
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