The Boys demonstrates why evil-Superman stories are so popular

Photo: Jan Thijs / Amazon Prime Studios

Warning: This essay contains major spoilers for season 1 of The Boys.

In the first season of Amazon’s comics adaptation The Boys, anti-superhero vigilante Billy Butcher (Karl Urban of the Star Trek reboot movies and Thor: Ragnarok) comes to Susan Raynor, the deputy director of the CIA, with evidence of a massive corporate conspiracy, and a list of demands in exchange for the information. She’s willing to grant him and his team exorbitant salaries, security clearance, offices, and indemnity, but she refuses to help him in his vendetta against Homelander (Antony Starr), the world’s most powerful superhero.

“It’s suicide,” she tells Billy. “Not for you, for thousands of people if you push him too hard. I’m terrified, and you should be too.”

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