Audiences have responded enthusiastically to showrunner Eric Kripke's adaptation of Garth Ennis' comic book series The Boys, about a psychopathic group of superheroes, and the equally psychopathic group of ordinary people who plot to stop them. Now, The Boys is getting a spinoff series set in a superhero college. In an interview with TheWrap, Kripke confirmed the spinoff will be taking a few cues from the X-Men.
"I would say it's loosely inspired by an element of the comics, which is the G-Men. Part of the G-Men is there's sort of an educational, college experience. And we just used that as a jumping-off point, kind of similar to The Boys where we sort of take an initial notion and then we are going to run with it in our own weird direction."
In Garth Ennis' comic series, The G-Men were created as a parody of Marvel Comics' X-Men series. Instead of Charles Xavier raising a young generation of mutants to be heroes, the G-Men were led by the odious John Godolkin, who kidnapped six children from different homes and injected them with the Vought superhuman serum to give them superpowers.
Godolkin's goals were far from benevolent. The only rule for the G-Men was to protect the company's secrets. Other than that, the so-called "Heroes" were free to indulge in every hedonistic vice known to mankind, while presenting the image of outcasts and downtrodden underdogs to society to play on the sympathy of the masses. The G-Men, much like the X-Men comics, quickly became Vought's best-selling superhero team while its members participated in increasingly depraved activities behind closed doors.
Clearly, there is a lot of potential there for Kripke and his team to mine for an entire series. Kripke went on to state that the intention behind creating the new series was to hold a mirror up to a different facet of society instead of merely trying to make a cash grab.
"[The producers] don't feel the need to jam spinoffs out there. We were just talking and we stumbled onto this idea and we were so excited about it, we took it to Amazon. Because we think there's a real opportunity to see another part of the Vought world. But probably, more importantly, to make a show that isn't really made that often, which is what we love about it, which is, as 'The Boys' is an unflinching look at reality, the goal for this is to make this superhero show one of the most realistic college shows anyone's made. And really deal with real college issues and really explore what it's like to be that age."
While fans would love to see characters from The Boys on the new show, interacting with a younger, even wilder set of superheroes, Kripke mentioned he is not sure that will ever happen since "we're not spinning off characters into it, they just exist in the same universe." This latest update about The Boys spinoff comes from The Wrap.