Barack Obama, the former U.S President, had earlier listed Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys as one of his favorite TV shows. Think about it: one of the country’s most respected leaders watching the gruesome and gritty show is certainly something showrunner Eric Kripke thinks about as they film the series.
Does Ex-President Obama watch The Boys?
“I have no reason not to believe it,” Kripke said. “I mean, he didn’t have to put us on his list! It’d be weird if this was the show he chose to front about because it’s kind of a show that is delivered to you in a brown paper bag [laughs]. You have to be a little brave to say that you watch this show, so I can’t imagine him lying about it.”
Kripke explained, “More than once in editing and post-production on the exploding penis sequence [this season], the thought has come up many times. Like, ‘Can you imagine President Obama watching this scene right now? And what he must be thinking?’ I really hope we make his list again. But I also understand why we might make a “Dear God, I’ve made a terrible mistake” list. I feel like it could go either way.”
Obama had listed The Boys As His Favorite Shows
It was in the year 2020 that Obama had listed The Boys — alongside movies like The Good Place, Watchmen, and Netflix’s Better Call Saul — among his top shows to binge on during the horrifying period brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Obama also praised Watchmen and The Boys for “how they turn superhero conventions on their heads to lay bare issues of race, capitalism, and the distorting effects of corporate power and mass media.”
Ever since Amazon’s premiere superhero spoof franchise has premiered another season, even spawning a spinoff project known as The Boys Presents: Diabolical!, with at least one more, The Boys Presents Varsity, that is currently underway in production. Both the spinoff that will be released and the ongoing season 3 have given fans more violent and diabolical moments, like the infamous “exploding penis” scene Kripke had mentioned.
How Did The Series Took Inspiration From MCU
Eric Kripke also explained that the gruesome scene drew its inspiration from a popular Thanos meme and theory involving MCU’s Endgame characters Ant-Man and the villain Thanos.
He said, “That sequence started with, ‘We need The Boys to fight a superhero.’ So then we ask, ‘What big superhero haven’t we done yet?’ Someone says, ‘We haven’t done Ant-Man.’ And then someone else says, ‘There’s that meme of Ant-Man climbing up Thanos’ butt and blowing him up. So we should do that. We should give the audience the thing that Marvel can’t give to them.'”
All-new episodes of The Boys Season 3 premiere every Friday on Prime Video.