It was a viewpoint Kripke presented to Ennis when the two sat down to talk about how The Boys could become a television show. In bringing the humanity Ennis characters ultimately find further to the surface, Kripke felt he could realize the shocking “water-cooler moments” while advancing the story or advancing the character or to make a satirical point about what s going on in our culture. “So I get to make a story about politics, athletics, celebrity, corporations, the military industrial complex — all within the guise of irreverent superhero show,” he continued. “This is an endlessly inventive place for me to play, and sure enough, once we got together with the writers, we found that was true.”At the same time, Kripke believes the show also has to potential to be one of the most “human” superhero stories to appear on a screen of any size.“I wanted to feel the humanity of these people and all its complicated, messy, glory,” he said. “[In] my experience of superhero material — and I know there s more emotional stuff out there — it s rarely done where you have these characters who are just complicated and contradictory. And so the guiding North Star for us on this show was always, What s the single most realistic way that this character can react in any given moment? ”The result: characters with PTSD, panic attacks, drug addiction, sexual dysfunction, and the morbid need to protect their share of the gross profits.The ideas will be familiar to readers of the comic book, but one element Kripke felt he had to change was the voice of Hughie from a Scottish to an American accent. (Ennis approved the switch as long as Butcher remained British.)“Because our first play is for an American audience, I would like that audience surrogate to be American,” he explained. “Garth will read every script, and really the only thing he comes back with is, ‘Here s a lot of line notes of what a British person would really say.’ Which, I am more than happy to utilize.”Meanwhile, The Seven represent a sort of American corporate exceptionalism, with Madelyn Stillwell (Elisabeth Shue) running the team behind the scenes for Vought, the company marketing and bank-rolling the best known superheroes. As Shue put it at Comic-Con, “she’s drunk with power.” But is unclear if that power — or something else — drives what actor Anthony Starr called “Oedipal issues” between Stillwell and his character, Homelander. The seeming Superman lives the most veiled existence, setting the tone for the rest of the Seven’s hang-ups and insecurities — the very things The Boys hope to exploit for Butcher’s revenge and the strings Stillwell pulls on to maintain control of her super-employees.“It was a great counter-narrative to the DC/Marvel stuff,” Urban said of the conflict during the panel.“Which you’re in!” Rogen interjected. “You can have it all!”But it seems unlikely The Seven and The Boys can have it all, with one side or the other ceding some territory as Butcher s private war becomes an open conflict in The Boys s first season.The Boys streams on Amazon Prime Video on July 26.