The Boys Presents: Diabolical Is An Animated Anthology Series Set In The World Of R-Rated Superheroes!
The Boys on Prime Video is an original series that deconstructed how we saw superheroes and the world in which they existed. So of course, The Boys animated series does exactly the same, but through animation, subverting multiple styles set within that medium. The Boys Presents: Diabolical on Prime is a very unique show that’s unlike a lot of other spin-offs. Similar to how the original examines superheroism, this new animated series goes deep into various animation styles. But still within the framework of a very adult-orientated and explicit R-Rated world. And The Boys: Diabolical cast and talent is also something that sets this show apart from others. Especially given that the talent involved are different from what we’d expect in a show like this. So check out our (mostly) spoiler-free review of The Boys Presents: Diabolical.
Some spoilers for The Boys series proper below.
How The Boys Animated Series Actually Works in the Canon of the Show
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The Boys Presents: Diabolical is about an anthology series that features 8 short stories set in the world of the original Prime Video show. In a lot of ways, The Boys animated series is similar to Star Wars: Visions. Both shows explore different stories set in their respective universes, done in a variety of animation styles. Visions for Star Wars was more of an expansion of the universe from g various creators. Whereas The Boys animated series is just a bunch of hilariously gory and vulgar short stories set in the explicit and adult world of Eric Kripke’s original show.
Some of the stories I’ll discuss in The Boys Presents: Diabolical review come directly from the events of The Boys season 1. But many others are absolutely bonkers and act as just standalone stories. Prime Video is really going all-in with their selection of adult animated shows. The Boys animated series comes on the heels of their recently successful The Legend Of Vox Machina series, which followed the Invincible comic book adaptation. With 3 instances, I think it’s safe to say that Prime Video is set to be the home for adult animated content.
Our The Boys Presents: Diabolical Review Is Kind of Spoiler Free
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The Boys: Diabolical on Prime Video debuts on March 4, 2022. The premiere episode starts with Boys-version of the classic 1994 movie, Baby’s Day Out. Done in the Looney Tunes-style animation, the episode is cutesy and funny until you’re quickly reminded of the very hyper adult nature of this series’ predecessor. And that juxtaposition of adult content with an animation style that we all recognize with family-friendly cartoons is even funnier on screen. Then there’s the anime-inspired episode titled BFFs written and starring Awkwafina. The episode takes things to such a ridiculous level of gross-out comedy, that Mr. Hanky from South Park would be proud. My least favourite episode, by the way.
But the show isn’t just all shock and gross-ness. Some of the shorts have a lot of heart and some deep substance. In The Boys, parents agree to let a corporation called Vought to inject their children with a compound promising them superpowers. In exchange, the parents are promised fame and glory. The short about what happens to those kids whose powers aren’t marketable is equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking. Especially when it’s in the animation style of the Rick And Morty show. The episode Boyd In 3D expands on the corruption of everyday people when living in a world of super-powered expectations and impossible standards of beauty. And John And Sun-Hee starring the Oscar-winning Youn Yuh-Jung is just a sweet and tragic tale wrapped up in some cool action sequences. Written, surprisingly, by Andy Samberg.
There Are A Lot Of Possibilities To Explore With The Boys: Diabolical On Prime
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One of the better episodes of The Boys animated series is directly how it connects to the larger live-action show. Without spoiling too much, the episode acts as a prequel to the origin of the shows’ big villain, Homelander. The character is one of the most interesting of the entire live-action series. And they keep mining his tragic past for even more content. The Boys: Diabolical on Prime focuses specifically on his early days, and actor Antony Starr returns to voice an unexpectedly different kind of Homelander.
While reviewing The Boys Presents: Diabolical, it’s hard to let some of these stories go. Some characters and shorts are just full of so many possibilities that I hope they reappear in some way. Almost all the stories of this animated series are in the same universe. So it wouldn’t be too far-fetched for some of them to re-appear in live-action. Especially given the massive star cast involved in the show.
The Boys Presents: Diabolical Voice Cast & Writing Talent Is A Surprise
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On top of all the unique things in The Boys: Diabolical on Prime Video, its cast and talent are also insanely good. The voice cast includes the original The Boys cast members of Starr, Elisabeth Shue, Giancarlo Esposito, and Chase Crawford. But the series also features other stars like Grey Griffin, Seth Rogen, Kumail Nanjiani (The Eternals), Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery), Christian Slater, Aisha Tyler, Michael Cera, Don Cheadle (Endgame), and so many more. It’s a who’s who of genre stars.
But what’s even more surprising is the writers of each episode. As mentioned Awkwafina does her own episode, while Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote their own. But even Andy Samberg from Brooklyn 99 writes an episode that is not in line with his usual comic content. Even Aisha Tyler writes her own episode which is pretty unique on its own. Both their episodes are actually among the more emotionally driven episodes of The Boys animated series.
The Boys: Diabolical on Prime Video premieres on March 4, 2022.
Are you excited for more stories from the world of The Boys? Let us know in the comments below what you thought about the various animation styles. And how they played with the brand new stories in this corner of the world.
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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.