Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder is a controversial figure in superhero movies despite not being actively involved in creating them for several years. However, his work is a direct inspiration for The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke's take on his new show's violent, arrogant heroes.
In the world of The Boys, created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, a group of violent, sociopathic superheroes called The Seven run rampant - even greenlighting their own blockbuster movie deals through their financial backers, a corporation called Vought. It's through these movies-within-a-show that Kripke says the 'Snyder' aesthetic comes out.
“Every time they make a superhero thing, they’re making a Zack Snyder movie,” Kripke told EW. “In the stuff that Vought makes, we were inspired more by DC than Marvel. The Marvel stuff is actually reasonably grounded, but the DC stuff tends to get a little pretentious, and we wanted the Vought superhero movies to be a little full of themselves.”
“From Garth and [artist] Darick [Robertson], I think even at that time, they were more interested in taking shots at DC than they were at Marvel,” he continued. “I think, even then, DC people were held up as these gods whereas the Marvel heroes were always regular people.”
However, Kripke says his focus isn't on specifically lampooning DC or Zack Snyder, but on taking shots at the dominance of superhero culture on the whole.
“We’re probably way more towards taking shots at Marvel,” Kripke opined, stressing the nature of Disney and Marvel Studios' high profile in popular culture and movies. “Marvel’s real and the superheroes they have are real and they’ve taken over the world and that’s the show.”
The Boys premieres July 26 on Amazon.