When you see that Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg are bringing a new series to television, you’ve gotta be excited. We saw it with Preacher and now we’ll get to see it with their new adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys for Amazon.
While casting has been slowly streaming in with the likes of Antony Starr, Laz Alonso and Karen Fukuhara signing on for the series, the central character of Billy Butcher has so far remained uncast. Until now, as Deadline reported that Kiwi A-lister Karl Urban (Star Trek, Dredd) has now been confirmed to headline the series as Butcher.
It’s an especially exciting development and in my own opinion is perfect casting.
The role of Butcher, a freakishly violent sociopath who is regarded as ‘the most lethal man in the world by the CIA’ and who has his own personal agenda for killing superheroes is a great character fit for Urban as he’s made a career playing stoic tough guys, and can also tap into his immense comedic skills as well, as Butcher is also known for having a very dark sense of humour.
Another cool part of the casting is that he’ll also be going up against fellow Kiwi actor Antony Starr as the series main villain The Homelander. Knowing that we’ll get to see these two battle it out on screen is a pretty cool proposition as they’ve both proven themselves to make great on-screen brawlers.
While it remains to be seen to see how faithful Rogan, Goldberg and Eric Kripke (Supernatural) will remain to the original comic book series, I’m fairly certain, that like Preacher, they’ll bring their own spin to the series.
All-in-all The Boys is shaping up to be a very exciting new series to get behind and I’m excited to see what Urban will bring to the role of Billy Butcher. It’ll certainly be memorable.