The following is a press release from the Critics Choice Association:
The Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced the winners of the 3rd Annual Critics Choice Super Awards, honoring the most popular, fan-obsessed genres across both movies and television, including Superhero, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Horror, and Action.
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” led the film winners this year, garnering three awards overall. The film was awarded Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie, while Ke Huy Quan took home Best Actor in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie and Michelle Yeoh won Best Actress in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie.
“The Boys” garnered the most television series wins, also earning a total of three awards. It won Best Superhero Series, while Antony Starr was awarded for both Best Actor in a Superhero Series as well as Best Villain in a Series.
The full list of winners can be found below with acceptance speeches.
About the Critics Choice Association (CCA) The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 600 media critics and entertainment journalists. It was established in 2019 with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the intersection between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit:
SERIES WINNERS FOR THE 3RD ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE SUPER AWARDS
The 16th annual New York Comic Con takes place October 7 to October 10, 2021, in New York City. For the first time, New York Comic Con will be a hybrid event, where people can attend in person or virtually. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York Comic Con was cancelled as an in-person event in 2020 and instead presented as a scaled-down virtual-only event. Before the pandemic, New York Comic Con attracted about 250,000 people per year since 2017, according to ReedPOP, the company that produces the event. The first New York Comic Con took place in 2006.
In 2021, New York Comic Con’s main hub remains the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York Comic Con in 2021 has less activities, panels and locations than in previous years. For example, in 2019, New York Comic Con took place at several other locations in New York City, including Hammerstein Ballroom, the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, the New York Public Library, the Way Station (in Brooklyn) and AMC 34th Street. Anime Fest (an offshoot of Anime Expo that was presented in conjunction with New York Comic Con in 2018 and 2019) will not take place at New York Comic Con in 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also resulted in new safety requirements for New York Comic Con. All attendees ages 12 and up must show proof of vaccination. Attendees younger than age 12 must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated guardian and provide proof of either a negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test taken within six hours of entry to each day of the event, or a negative lab PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of entry of each day of the event.
Checkpoints have been set up at or near the Javits Center for attendees to obtain wristbands indicating that people have shown proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. No one can be admitted into New York Comic Con without these wristbands. The checkpoint locations and open hours can be found here. All attendees must wear a face covering at all times while inside a New York Comic Con building, except when eating or drinking.
TV shows continue to dominate the most high-profile panels and activities. New York Comic Con in 2021 has the following TV shows with in-person panel showcases: Amazon Prime Video’s superhero series “The Boys” on October 8; USA Network’s and Syfy’s horror series”Chucky” on October 8; Starz’s fantasy drama series “Outlander” on October 9; Paramount+’s sci-fi series “Star Trek: Discovery” on October 9; FX’s sci-fi series “Y: The Last Man” on October 9; and FX’s vampire horror comedy series “What We Do in the Shadows” on October 10.
There are very few feature films that have panels at New York Comic Con this year. The movie panel that is expected to get the biggest crowd is Columbia Pictures’ “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” on October 8, featuring in-person appearances by director Jason Reitman, producer Ivan Reitman (who directed the first two “Ghostbusters” movies) and members of the “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” cast. Amazon Prime Video’s 2021 installment of its “Welcome to the Blumhouse” movie anthology horor series has a virtual-only panel on October 7. Funimation will have two in-person movie panels featuring the English-language voice cast members: “My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission” on October 8 and “Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train” on October 10.
In addition, New York Comic Con will have one-on-one Q&As that each spotlight a different actor: William Shatner (“Star Trek”) on October 7; George Takei (“Star Trek”) on October 8; and David Harbour (“Stranger Things,” “Black Widow”) on October 9. Meanwhile, in a virtual-only, pre-recorded Q&A on October 8, “Game of Thrones” alum Emilia Clarke discusses her comic book writing debut, “M.O.M.: Mother of Madness.”
Broadway stars are represented on several panels. “The Big Broadway Nerd Panel” will feature panelists such as Anthony Rapp (“Rent”) and James M. Iglehart (“Aladdin”) on October 8. Other Broadway-related panels include “The Broadway Bard Party” on October 9; “E-Ticket to Broadway” Podcast LIVE at Comic Con!” on October 9; “#BroadwayToHollywood: A New Age of Musicals” on October 10; and “Broadway’s A.J. Holmes: Creating One-Man Musical Yeah, But Not Right Now” on October 10.
The 2021 Harvey Awards Hall of Fame ceremony will be livestreamed during New York Comic Con on October 8. The recipients are manga artist Rumiko Takahashi (“Urusei Yatsura,” “Inuyasha”), horror illustrator Bernie Wrightson (“Swamp Thing”), painter and cover artist Jeffrey Catherine Jones, award-winning comic book artist Barry Windsor-Smith (“Conan the Barbarian,” “Weapon X”), and Michael Kaluta (“The Shadow,” “Starstruck”).
And, of course, there will be plenty of panels, exhibits and previews for comic books, video games, fantasy novels and other pop-culture attractions. It wouldn’t be a Comic Con without cosplaying and merchandise sales. The Cosplay Central area returns in a new location: on Level 1 in Room 1A02 (right across from Artist Alley) at the Javits Center. While at Cosplay Central, cosplayers can mingle, pose for photos, use the dressing rooms and attend panel discussions. New York Comic Con also has an enormous amount of merchandise for sale for numerous types of entertainment.
AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS AND PHOTO OPS
Several stars from movies and TV shows will have individual autograph sessions and/or photo opportunities with fans, for a fee. All celebrities are offering autographs and photos, unless otherwise noted. Prices will vary, according to the celebrity. Participants include:
John Cena (“The Suicide Squad,” “Peacemaker,” “F9”) on October 9.
Wes Chatham (“The Expanse”) on October 8 and October 9.
Hayden Christensen (“Star Wars: Attack of the Clones,” “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith”) on October 9 and October 10.
Chace Crawford (“The Boys”) on October 8 and October 9.
Karen Fukahara (“The Boys”) on October 8, October 9 and October 10.
David Harbour (“Stranger Things,” “Black Widow”) on October 9 and October 10.
Mary McDonnell (“Battlestar Galactica”) on October 7, October 8 and October 9.
Erin Moriarty (“The Boys”) on October 8, October 9 and October 10.
Kate Mulgrew (“Star Trek: Voyager,” “Star Trek: Prodigy”) on October 9.
Edward James Olmos (“Battlestar Galactica”) on October 7, October 8 and October 9.
Jack Quaid (“The Boys”) on October 8, October 9 and October 10.
William Shatner (“Star Trek”) on October 7, October 8 and October 9. (Autographs only.)
Jurnee Smollett (“Lovecraft Country,” “Birds of Prey”) on October 9.
Antony Starr (“The Boys”) on October 8, October 9 and October 10.
Steven Strait (“The Expanse”) on October 8 and October 9.
George Takei (“Star Trek”) on October 7, October 8 and October 9.
Janet Varney (“The Legend of Korra”) on October 8.
TELEVISION AND WEB SERIES PANELS
(All panel descriptions are courtesy of New York Comic Con.)
Virtual = Panelists will not appear in person; panel is available for viewing in person and online.
In Person = Panelists will appear in person; panel is available for viewing in person and online.
“Welcome to Earth”
October 7, 2021, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM (Virtual)
See the planet as you’ve never witnessed it before with “Welcome to Earth,” the new, awe-inspiring Disney+ original series from National Geographic and starring Will Smith. Meet the Explorers that guide Will through an intimate journey as he travels to the ends of the Earth to observe the strangest, most unusual, and dangerous spectacles the planet has to offer. Learn directly from the Explorers what it takes to unlock some of nature’s most well kept secrets.
“Among the Stars“
October 7, 2021, 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM (Virtual)
“Among the Stars” is a six-part Disney+ original series with fly-on-the-wall access into the world of NASA. With cameras stationed on both Earth and the International Space Station, the series follows NASA astronaut Captain Chris Cassidy for one last mission to repair the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) which aims to reveal the origins of the universe. Hear directly from the Astronauts and scientists who take on space missions and the challenges they face every day!
“The World According to Jeff Goldblum”
October 7, 2021, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM (Virtual)
Jeff Goldblum is back, and he’s as curious as ever. For season two of the Disney+ original series, premiering on Disney+ Day November 12, Jeff uncovers the surprising secrets and passionate people behind a whole new host of topics, including magic and illusions. Jeff finds out just how magic has shaped the world we live in. Join Jeff along with legendary Magicians Penn & Teller as well as Street Magician Erik Blackwell to go behind the curtain of the mysterious world of MAGIC.
“Battlestar Galactica Retrospective”
October 7, 2021, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM (In person)
Main Stage 1D Hall
The stars of the iconic show are coming to New York Comic Con! Join Edward James Olmos (Commander William Adama) and Mary McDonnell (President Laura Roslin) as they recount their journey aboard the Battlestar Galactica and answer questions from fans. Cylons and Humans are both welcome. So Say We All!
“Blade Runner: Black Lotus”
October 7, 2021, 6:45 – 7:45 PM (Virtual)
Explore the intricate approach to writing the dystopian future with the producers and directors of “Blade Runner: Black Lotus” with futurist, Maurice Conti, who shares his take on how the Blade Runner world stacks up against our future.
“The Legend of Vox Machina”
October 8, 2021, 11 AM – 12 PM (Virtual)
Main Stage 1D Hall
“The Legend of Vox Machina” is an animated fantasy-adventure series for adults that follows Vox Machina, a band of misfits with a fondness for boozing and brawling. In a desperate attempt to pay off their mounting bar tab, these unlikely heroes end up on a quest to save the realm of Exandria from dark magical forces. From a sinister necromancer to a powerful curse, the group confronts a variety of obstacles that not only test their skills, but also the strength of their bond. Join the entire cast of Critical Role as they discuss the process of adapting a role-playing game (RPG) campaign into a series for Amazon Prime Video, as well as share a special sneak peek of footage from the series. Please note, this panel is recommended for mature audiences and contains content not suitable for younger audiences.
October 8, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM (In Person)
Everyone’s favorite killer doll is coming to television! Join us for the world premiere of the first episode of the new series “Chucky,” ahead of its October 12 debut on USA and Syfy, followed by an exclusive conversation between creator and showrunner Don Mancini and franchise icon Jennifer Tilly (Tiffany Valentine). Get ready to play!
“I Know What You Did Last Summer”
October 8, 2021, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Virtual)
Written and executive produced by Sara Goodman, “I Know What You Did Last Summer” is based on Lois Duncan’s 1973 novel, which was also the basis of the iconic 1997 film. One year after the fatal car accident that haunted their graduation night, a group of teenagers find themselves bound together by a dark secret and stalked by a brutal killer. As they try to piece together who’s after them, they reveal the dark side of their seemingly perfect town—and themselves. Everyone is hiding something, and uncovering the wrong secret could be deadly. Join the series cast and creator as they discuss what fans can most look forward to when the series premieres Friday, October 15, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Please note, this panel is recommended for mature audiences and contains content not suitable for younger audiences.
October 8, 2021, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM (In Person)
Join Karen Fukuhara, Erin Moriarty, Jack Quaid and Antony Starr as they look back on their favorite moments from the first two seasons of “The Boys.”
October 8, 2021, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM (Virtual)
“Evil” is a psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and contractor as they investigate the Church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and hauntings. Their job is to assess if there’s a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work. The second season brings evil closer to home. Kristen struggles with her darker nature, while David suffers temptation as he gets closer to his ordination. Meanwhile Ben is visited by night terrors that prey on his greatest fears. Please join series stars Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Emerson, Christine Lahti and Kurt Fuller, along with co-creators and executive producers Robert King and Michelle King for a panel discussion about the second season. “Evil” airs Sundays on Paramount+.
October 9, 2021, 11 AM – 12 PM (In Person)
Travel through the stones of Craigh na Dun and go back in time with the cast and executive producers of “Outlander” as they take on New York Comic Con in support of the sixth season, premiering early 2022.
“All Elite Wrestlng”
October 9, 2021, 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM (In Person)
Main Stage 1D Hall
Join the stars of “All Elite Wrestling” as they take the stage at New York Comic Con once again for a ringside view of their wildly popular wrestling shows airing weekly on TNT. Panelists: Orange Cassidy, Tony Schiavone, Adam Cole, Thunder Rosa, Darby Allin.
“Star Trek: Discovery”
October 9, 2021, 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM (In Person)
In advance of the season four return of “Star Trek: Discovery” on Paramount+, join cast members Sonequa Martin-Green, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, David Ajala and Blu Del Barrio and executive producer Michelle Paradise as they tease the upcoming season of the hit series, which finds Captain Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery facing a threat unlike any they’ve ever encountered. With Federation and non-Federation worlds alike feeling the impact, they must confront the unknown and work together to ensure a hopeful future for all. Produced by CBS Studios, “Star Trek Discovery” will premiere on Paramount+ on November 18.
“Psych 3: This Is Gus”
October 9, 2021, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Virtual)
Calling all Psych-Os! Wait for iiiiiiiiiit……the Psych cast is back with an all-new movie! In preparation for a shotgun wedding before the birth of Baby Guster, Shawn and Groomzilla Gus go rogue in an attempt to track down Selene’s estranged husband, as Lassiter grapples with the future of his career. The cast and creators of the Peacock Original, “Psych 3: This Is Gus” reunite to discuss the upcoming film and reveal some exciting news! Moderated by Chancellor Agard.
October 9, 2021, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (In Person)
Main Stage 1D Hall
Join the main leads: Wes Chatham and Steven Strait of the hit Amazon show “The Expanse,” as they reflect on the series and answer fan questions!
October 9, 2021, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM (Virtual)
“Hanna” follows the journey of an extraordinary young woman as she strives to destroy Utrax, the sinister organization that genetically engineered her and others to be the perfect assassins. In the upcoming third season, Hanna attempts to destroy Utrax with the help of troubled ex-CIA agent Marissa Wiegler. The story crisscrosses Europe and builds to a dramatic climax when Hanna and Marissa discover the true, horrifying scope of the operation as well as who was ultimately behind it all. Join the cast and creators as they preview season 3, coming to Amazon Prime Video this fall.
“One of Us Is Lying”
October 9, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Virtual)
Meet the cast and executive producers of Peacock’s highly-anticipated new original series “One of Us Is Lying.” Based on Karen M. McManus’s New York Times best-selling novel of the same title, this is the story of what happens when five high schoolers walk into detention and only four make it out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. Join the cast and EPs of the Peacock Original series, Annalisa Cochrane (Addy), Chibuikem Uche (Cooper), Marianly Tejada (Bronwyn), Cooper van Grootel (Nate), and Mark McKenna (Simon), as well as executive producer Erica Saleh and showrunner/executive producer Darío Madrona, to discuss how they brought this fan-favorite book to life. Moderated by Ashley Bellman. ”One of Us Is Lying” starts streaming October 7, exclusively on Peacock.
October 9, 2021, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM (Virtual)
Based on the original TV series by Scott Peters and Renee Echevarria, 4400 overlooked, undervalued, or otherwise marginalized people who vanished without a trace over the last hundred years are all returned in an instant, having not aged a day and with no memory of what happened to them. Join series stars Brittany Adebumola, Joseph David-Jones, Ireon Roach, TL Thompson, Jaye Ladymore, Derrick A. King, Khailah Johnson, Cory Jeacoma, AMARR, and Autumn Best in a conversation moderated by showrunners Ariana Jackson and Sunil Nayar as they discuss the exciting, reimagined story and what to expect when the series premieres Monday, October 25 on The CW.
“Y: The Last Man”
October 9, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (In Person)
Based on the best-selling comics from Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, FX’s highly anticipated adaptation of “Y: The Last Man” traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic Event kills every mammal with a Y chromosome except for one cisgender man and his pet monkey. The series follows the survivors of this new world as they struggle with their efforts to restore what was lost and the opportunity to build something better. Currently streaming on FX on Hulu, join Executive Producer/Writer/Showrunner Eliza Clark and cast for and advanced screening of Episode 7 and a moderated discussion about how they updated the beloved books and brought them to life.
“The Girl in the Woods”
October 9, 2021, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM (In Person)
Peacock brings NYCC an exclusive first look at “The Girl in the Woods,” a much-anticipated series adaptation of one of the biggest IPs in Crypt TV’s monster universe. Set in the Pacific Northwest, “The Girl in the Woods” follows Carrie’s escape from her mysterious, cult-like colony that guards the world from monsters hidden behind a secret door within the woods. Join executive producers Jack Davis and Darren Brandl (Crypt TV), co-executive producer Jasmine Johnson, and director and co-executive producer Krysten Ritter as they discuss bringing this supernatural story to life and what fans can expect when the Peacock Original YA drama “The Girl in the Woods” premieres Thursday, October 21, exclusively on Peacock.
“The Hot Zone: Anthrax”
October 10, 2021, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM (Virtual)
Nat Geo’s “The Hot Zone” anthology series delves into real-life stories of outbreaks and the heroes on the frontlines. Following the dark days of 9/11, America faced a second wave of attacks: the anthrax letters, which targeted journalists and politicians. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the haunting attacks that killed five people and caused panic across the United States. Inspired by true events, “The Hot Zone: Anthrax” is a timely scientific thriller that follows an FBI Special Agent as he tracks down the killer. While many of us can remember the breaking news headlines and widespread fear that arose during this time, there are many layers to this shocking and unbelievable story that have not yet been told. In this panel, go behind-the-scenes of this chilling crime story with co-stars Tony Goldwyn and Daniel Dae Kim, and showrunners Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson.
“Star Trek: Prodigy”
October 10, 2021, 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM (In Person)
Join Paramount+, CBS Studios and Nickelodeon for a premiere screening for the whole family of the highly anticipated upcoming “Star Trek” animated kids’ series “Star Trek: Prodigy.” Following the screening, voice cast members Kate Mulgrew, Brett Gray, Rylee Alazraqui and Dee Bradley Baker, producers Kevin Hageman, Dan Hageman and Ben Hibon, and Ramsey Naito, President, Animation & Development, Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, will take the stage for a moderated panel discussion.
Developed by Emmy® Award-winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (“Trollhunters” and “Ninjago”) the CG-animated series “Star Trek: Prodigy” is the first “Star Trek” series aimed at younger audiences and will follow a motley crew of young aliens who must figure out how to work together while navigating a greater galaxy, in search for a better future. These six young outcasts know nothing about the ship they have commandeered – a first in the history of the Star Trek Franchise – but over the course of their adventures together, they will each be introduced to Starfleet and the ideals it represents. Produced by the Nickelodeon Animation Studio and CBS Studios, “Star Trek: Prodigy” will premiere on Paramount+ on October 28.
October 10, 2021, 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM (Virtual)
Inspired by the writings of R.L. Stine, the Disney+ series “Just Beyond” tells astonishing and thought-provoking stories of a reality just beyond the one we know. In each of the eight unique stories, viewers meet a new cast of characters who must go on a surprising journey of self-discovery in a supernatural world of witches, aliens, ghosts and parallel universes. Join cast Cedric Joe, Megan Stott, Lexi Underwood along with creator and executive producer Seth Grahame-Smith and co-executive producer R.L. Stine for a Q&A moderated by TV Guide Magazine’s Damian Holbrook
“The Badass Women of ‘The Walking Dead'”
October 10, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00 PM (Virtual)
We’ve seen the women of The Walking Dead Universe take down massive herds, horrible villains and lead their communities through hardship. This panel will celebrate the evolution of these fierce, strong female leads from every walk of life, starting from when we are first introduced to these characters and how we’ve watched them survive the apocalypse. Join EPs, directors and cast members as they discuss their favorite character storylines, their journeys and the importance of having strong female representation onscreen. Panelists: Alexa Mansour, Aliyah Royale, Angela Kang, Annet Mahendru, Christine Evangelista, Denise Huth, Jenna Elfman, Karen David, Lauren Cohan, Paola Lazaro. Moderator: Yvette Nicole Brown.
“What We Do in the Shadows'”
October 10, 2021, 2:45 – 3:45 PM (In Person)
FX’s Emmy®-nominated vampire comedy “What We Do in the Shadows” returns to New York Comic Con for a live discussion with members of the cast and creative team. Catch a special presentation of an upcoming episode and join special guests in a lively conversation about the series Rolling Stone named “the funniest show on television.” What We Do in the Shadows is a documentary-style look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of four vampires who’ve “lived” together for hundreds of years. Seasons 3 currently airs Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT on FX and streams the next day on FX on Hulu. Don’t miss the chance to attend the Vampiric Council of the Eastern Seaboard of the New World’s first public meeting! BAT!
(All panel descriptions are courtesy of New York Comic Con.)
Virtual = Panelists will not appear in person; panel is available for viewing in person and online.
In Person = Panelists will appear in person; panel is available for viewing in person and online.
“Welcome to the Blumhouse”
October 7, 2021, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM (Virtual)
This October, Welcome to the Blumhouse returns exclusively to Amazon Prime Video with the worldwide release of four electrifying new thrillers that plumb the depths of humanity’s deepest and darkest fears: “Bingo Hell” (directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero), “Black as Night” (directed by Maritte Lee Go), “Madres” (directed by Ryan Zaragoza) and “The Manor” (directed by Axelle Carolyn). Join all four directors, with a special introduction by Founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions Jason Blum, as they discuss the importance of showcasing female and emerging directors while delivering original stories to audiences everywhere. “Bingo Hell” and “Black as Night” premiere October 1, “Madres” and “The Manor” premiere October 8, all on Amazon Prime Video. Panel moderated by Dino-Ray Ramos.
“My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission”
October 8, 2021, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (In Person)
Your sneak peek into the next chapter of the global anime phenomenon starts here. Presented by Funimation, the panel includes an exclusive preview of My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission. Hear from the dub cast and crew before the movie hits theaters October 29! Panelists: Voice cast members Ryan Colt Levy (Rody), Sarah Roach (Clair Voyance), Lisa Oritz (Burnin), Cristina Vee (Pino), Series and movie ADR Script Writer, Jeramey Kraatz. Moderator: Lauren Moore.
October 8, 2021, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (In Person)
Director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman will be joined by some of the cast of Sony Pictures’ “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” for an in-depth conversation. The panel will cover the highly-anticipated new film and the franchise at-large, one of the most beloved in pop culture history. In addition to insightful conversation the panel will feature never-before-seen clips from the film.
“Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train”
October 9, 2021, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (In Person)
Board the Mugen Train once again! Presented by Funimation, this panel is your deep dive into “Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train.” Join the English voices of some of your favorite characters as they discuss everything from heart-wrenching scenes to moments that fans love most.
Tonight, the Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced the winners of the inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards during a special presentation broadcast on The CW. Produced remotely following COVID safety protocols, the ceremony was hosted by writer/director/podcaster Kevin Smith and actress/writer Dani Fernandez, and honored the most popular, fan-obsessed genres across both television and movies, including Superhero/Comic Book, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Horror, Action and Animation. (Superhero categories also include comic-book and video-game-inspired movies.) The full show will be available to stream for free on The CW App and cwtv.com starting January 11, 2021.
Hulu and Neon’s “Palm Springs” and Disney+’s “Soul” led the film winners, each earning three trophies. “Palm Springs” was recognized for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie, Best Actor in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie (Andy Samberg), and Best Actress in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie (Cristin Milioti). “Soul” earned Best Animated Movie, as well as Best Voice Actor in an Animated Movie (Jamie Foxx) and Best Voice Actress in an Animated Movie (Tina Fey).
In the series categories, Amazon’s “The Boys” took home the most awards, earning a total of four including Best Superhero Series, Best Actor in a Superhero Series (Antony Starr), Best Actress in a Superhero Series (Aya Cash), and Best Villain in a Series (Antony Starr). Starr was the only actor to take home multiple awards for his work.
With wins in both the film and series categories, Netflix led the studio/network count with a total of five.
The Critics Choice Association also presented the Legacy Award to the “Star Trek” franchise, recognizing the cultural impact it has had across multiple decades while continuing to appeal to and grow its loyal fanbase with new stories and characters. “Star Trek” icon Patrick Stewart, and “Star Trek: Discovery” trailblazer Sonequa Martin-Green were on-hand to accept this special honor, which came as the franchise celebrates its 55th anniversary.
The inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards show was produced by Bob Bain Productions. The CCA is represented by Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig.
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About the Critics Choice Association (CCA)
The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 400 television, radio and online critics and entertainment reporters. It was established in 2019 with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the blurring of the distinctions between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com.
About The CW
THE CW TELEVISION NETWORK, a joint venture between Warner Bros. and CBS, launched in 2006. The CW is a multiplatform network that broadcasts a six-night 12-hour primetime lineup, Sunday through Friday and streams its ad-supported content, free, without login or authentication on CWTV.com and The CW app which is available on every major OTT platform. In daytime, The CW broadcasts a Monday through Friday afternoon block, and a three-hour Saturday morning kids block. The CW’s digital network, CW Seed, launched in 2013, and offers beloved limited-run series, as well as past seasons of recent fan-favorite television shows.
The following is the complete list of winners and nominees for the 2021 Critics Choice Super Awards:
BEST ACTION MOVIE Bad Boys for Life (Sony) Da 5 Bloods (Netflix)* Extraction (Netflix) Greyhound (Apple TV+) The Hunt (Universal) Mulan (Disney+) The Outpost (Screen Media) Tenet (Warner Bros.)
BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE Tom Hanks – Greyhound (Apple TV+) Chris Hemsworth – Extraction (Netflix) Caleb Landry Jones – The Outpost (Screen Media) Delroy Lindo – Da 5 Bloods (Netflix)* Will Smith – Bad Boys for Life (Sony) John David Washington – Tenet (Warner Bros)
BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE Betty Gilpin – The Hunt (Universal)* Yifei Liu – Mulan (Disney+) Blake Lively – The Rhythm Section (Paramount) Iliza Shlesinger – Spenser Confidential (Netflix) Hilary Swank – The Hunt (Universal)
BEST ANIMATED MOVIE Onward (Disney/Pixar) Over the Moon (Netflix) A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (Netflix) Soul (Disney+)* The Willoughbys (Netflix) Wolfwalkers (Apple/GKIDS)
BEST VOICE ACTOR IN AN ANIMATED MOVIE Jamie Foxx – Soul (Disney+)* Will Forte – The Willoughbys (Netflix) Tom Holland – Onward (Disney/Pixar) John Krasinski – Animal Crackers (Netflix) Chris Pratt – Onward (Disney/Pixar) Sam Rockwell – The One and Only Ivan (Disney+)
BEST VOICE ACTRESS IN AN ANIMATED MOVIE Tina Fey – Soul (Disney+)* Honor Kneafsey – Wolfwalkers (Apple / GKIDS) Maya Rudolph – The Willoughbys (Netflix) Phillipa Soo – Over the Moon (Netflix) Octavia Spencer – Onward (Disney/Pixar) Eva Whittaker – Wolfwalkers (Apple / GKIDS)
BEST SUPERHERO MOVIE* Birds of Prey (Warner Bros.) The Old Guard (Netflix)* Secret Society of Second-Born Royals (Disney+) Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount) Superman: Man of Tomorrow (Warner Bros. Animation)
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPERHERO MOVIE* Skylar Astin – Secret Society of Second-Born Royals (Disney+) Jim Carrey – Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount) Chiwetel Ejiofor – The Old Guard (Netflix) Ewan McGregor – Birds of Prey (Warner Bros.)* Ben Schwartz – Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPERHERO MOVIE* Kiki Layne – The Old Guard (Netflix) Peyton Elizabeth Lee – Secret Society of Second-Born Royals (Disney+) Margot Robbie – Birds of Prey (Warner Bros)* Jurnee Smollett – Birds of Prey (Warner Bros) Charlize Theron – The Old Guard (Netflix)
BEST HORROR MOVIE Freaky (Universal) The Invisible Man (Universal)* Relic (IFC Films) The Rental (IFC Films) Sputnik (IFC Films)
BEST ACTOR IN A HORROR MOVIE Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù – His House (Netflix) Pyotr Fyodorov – Sputnik (IFC Films) Michiel Huisman – The Other Lamb (IFC Films) Dan Stevens – The Rental (IFC Films) Vince Vaughn – Freaky (Universal)*
BEST ACTRESS IN A HORROR MOVIE Haley Bennett – Swallow (IFC Films) Angela Bettis – 12 Hour Shift (Magnet Releasing) Elisabeth Moss – The Invisible Man (Universal)* Kathryn Newton – Freaky (Universal) Sheila Vand – The Rental (IFC Films)
BEST SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY MOVIE Love and Monsters (Paramount) Palm Springs (Hulu and Neon)* Possessor (Neon) Synchronic (Well Go USA) The Vast of Night (Amazon Studios)
BEST ACTOR IN A SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY MOVIE Christopher Abbott – Possessor (Neon) Jake Horowitz – The Vast of Night (Amazon Studios) Anthony Mackie – Synchronic (Well Go USA) Andy Samberg – Palm Springs (Hulu and Neon)* J.K. Simmons – Palm Springs (Hulu and Neon)
BEST ACTRESS IN A SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY MOVIE Ally Ioannides – Synchronic (Well Go USA) Katherine Langford – Spontaneous (Paramount) Sierra McCormick – The Vast of Night (Amazon Studios) Cristin Milioti – Palm Springs (Hulu and Neon)* Andrea Riseborough – Possessor (Neon)
BEST VILLAIN IN A MOVIE Jim Carrey – Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)* Kathryn Newton – Freaky (Universal) Martin Short and Jane Krakowski – The Willoughbys (Netflix) J.K. Simmons – Palm Springs (Hulu and Neon) Hilary Swank – The Hunt (Universal)
BEST ACTION MOVIE 9-1-1 (Fox) Hanna (Amazon) Hunters (Amazon) S.W.A.T. (CBS) Vikings (History)* Warrior (Cinemax)
BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION SERIES Daveed Diggs – Snowpiercer (TNT)* Andrew Koji – Warrior (Cinemax) Logan Lerman – Hunters (Amazon) Alexander Ludwig – Vikings (History) Shemar Moore – S.W.A.T. (CBS) Al Pacino – Hunters (Amazon)
BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION SERIES Angela Bassett – 9-1-1 (Fox)* Jennifer Connelly – Snowpiercer (TNT) Esme Creed-Miles – Hanna (Amazon) Mireille Enos – Hanna (Amazon) Katheryn Winnick – Vikings (History) Alison Wright – Snowpiercer (TNT)
BEST ANIMATED SERIES Archer (FXX) BoJack Horseman (Netflix)* Big Mouth (Netflix) Central Park (Apple TV+) Harley Quinn (HBO Max) Rick and Morty (Adult Swim) Star Trek: Lower Decks (CBS All Access)
BEST VOICE ACTOR IN AN ANIMATED SERIES Will Arnett – BoJack Horseman (Netflix)* H. Jon Benjamin – Archer (FXX) Nick Kroll – Big Mouth (Netflix) John Mulaney – Big Mouth (Netflix) Jack Quaid – Star Trek: Lower Decks (CBS All Access) Justin Roiland – Rick and Morty (Adult Swim) J.B. Smoove – Harley Quinn (HBO Max)
BEST VOICE ACTRESS IN AN ANIMATED SERIES Kaley Cuoco – Harley Quinn (HBO Max)* Tawny Newsome – Star Trek: Lower Decks (CBS All Access) Maya Rudolph – Big Mouth (Netflix) Amy Sedaris – BoJack Horseman (Netflix) Aisha Tyler – Archer (FXX) Jessica Walter – Archer (FXX)
BEST SUPERHERO SERIES The Boys (Amazon)* DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) Doom Patrol (DC Universe and HBO Max) The Flash (The CW) Lucifer (Netflix) The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPERHERO SERIES Jon Cryer – Supergirl (The CW) Tom Ellis – Lucifer (Netflix) Grant Gustin – The Flash (The CW) Antony Starr – The Boys (Amazon)* Karl Urban – The Boys (Amazon) Cress Williams – Black Lightning (The CW)
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPERHERO SERIES Melissa Benoist – Supergirl (The CW) Aya Cash – The Boys (Amazon)* Diane Guerrero – Doom Patrol (DC Universe and HBO Max) Elizabeth Marvel – Helstrom (Hulu) Lili Reinhart – Riverdale (The CW) Cobie Smulders – Stumptown (ABC)
BEST HORROR SERIES Evil (CBS) The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix) Lovecraft Country (HBO)* The Outsider (HBO and MRC Television) Supernatural (The CW) The Walking Dead (AMC)
BEST ACTOR IN A HORROR SERIES Jensen Ackles – Supernatural (The CW)* Mike Colter – Evil (CBS) Michael Emerson – Evil (CBS) Jonathan Majors – Lovecraft Country (HBO) Ben Mendelsohn – The Outsider (HBO and MRC Television) Jared Padalecki – Supernatural (The CW) Michael K. Williams – Lovecraft Country (HBO)
BEST ACTRESS IN A HORROR SERIES Natalie Dormer – Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (Showtime) Cynthia Erivo – The Outsider (HBO and MRC Television) Katja Herbers – Evil (CBS) T’Nia Miller – The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix) Wunmi Mosaku – Lovecraft Country (HBO) Victoria Pedretti – The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix) Jurnee Smollett – Lovecraft Country (HBO)*
BEST SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY SERIES The Mandalorian (Disney+)* Outlander (Starz) Raised by Wolves (HBO Max) Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access) Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access) Upload (Amazon) What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
BEST ACTOR IN A SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY SERIES Robbie Amell – Upload (Amazon) Travis Fimmel – Raised by Wolves (HBO Max) Sam Heughan – Outlander (Starz) Kayvan Novak – What We Do in the Shadows (FX) Pedro Pascal – The Mandalorian (Disney+) Nick Offerman – Devs (FX on Hulu) Patrick Stewart – Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access)*
BEST ACTRESS IN A SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY SERIES Caitriona Balfe – Outlander (Starz) Amanda Collin – Raised by Wolves (HBO Max) Natasia Demetriou – What We Do in the Shadows (FX)* Sonequa Martin-Green – Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access) Thandie Newton – Westworld (HBO) Hilary Swank – Away (Netflix) Jodie Whittaker – Doctor Who (BBC America)
BEST VILLAIN IN A SERIES Tom Ellis – Lucifer (Netflix) Abbey Lee – Lovecraft Country (HBO) Samantha Morton – The Walking Dead (AMC) Sarah Paulson – Ratched (Netflix) Antony Starr – The Boys (Amazon)* Finn Wittrock – Ratched (Netflix)
WINNERS BY FILM FOR THE INAUGURAL CRITICS CHOICE SUPER AWARDS
Birds of Prey (Warner Bros.) – 2
Best Actor in a Superhero Movie – Ewan McGregor
Best Actress in a Superhero Movie – Margot Robbie
Da 5 Bloods (Netflix) – 2
Best Action Movie
Best Actor in an Action Movie – Delroy Lindo
Freaky (Universal) – 1
Best Actor in a Horror Movie – Vince Vaughn
Palm Springs (Hulu and NEON) – 3
Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie
Best Actor in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie – Andy Samberg
Best Actress in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie – Cristin Milioti
Sonic The Hedgehog (Paramount) – 1
Best Villain in a Movie – Jim Carrey
Soul (Disney+) – 3
Best Voice Actor in an Animated Movie – Jamie Foxx
Best Voice Actress in an Animated Movie – Tina Fey
Best Animated Movie
The Hunt (Universal) – 1
Best Actress in an Action Movie – Betty Gilpin
The Invisible Man (Universal) – 2
Best Horror Movie
Best Actress in a Horror Movie – Elisabeth Moss
The Old Guard (Netflix) – 1
Best Superhero Movie
WINNERS BY SERIES FOR THE INAUGURAL CRITICS CHOICE SUPER AWARDS
9-1-1 (Fox) – 1
Best Actress in an Action Series – Angela Bassett
BoJack Horseman (Netflix) – 2
Best Animated Series
Best Voice Actor in an Animated Series – Will Arnett
Harley Quinn (HBO Max) – 1
Best Voice Actress in an Animated Series – Kaley Cuoco
Lovecraft Country (HBO) – 2
Best Horror Series
Best Actress in a Horror Series – Jurnee Smollett
Snowpiercer (TNT) – 1
Best Actor in an Action Series – Daveed Diggs
Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access) – 1
Best Actor in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Series – Patrick Stewart
Supernatural (The CW) – 1
Best Actor in a Horror Series – Jensen Ackles
The Boys (Amazon) – 4
Best Superhero Series
Best Actor in a Superhero Series – Antony Starr
Best Actress in a Superhero Series – Aya Cash
Best Villain in a Series – Antony Starr
The Mandalorian (Disney+) – 1
Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Series
Vikings (History) – 1
Best Action Series
What We Do in the Shadows (FX) – 1
Best Actress in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Series – Natasia Demetriou
WINNERS BY NETWORK/STUDIO FOR THE INAUGURAL CRITICS CHOICE SUPER AWARDS
The following are Amazon Prime Video’s activities and exclusives at 2019 Comic-Con International in San Diego. Panel descriptions are from Comic-Con International.
July 18, 2019
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
From acclaimed creators Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman) comes “Undone,” a groundbreaking and genre-bending animated series about a young woman’s complex journey to unlock her past and solve the mystery of her father’s death. Alma Winograd-Diaz (Rosa Salazar) takes her mundane life one day at a time until a near-fatal accident induces visions of her late father, Jacob. Through these persistent visions, he urges her to tap into a mysterious ability that allows her to travel through space and time with the hopes of preventing his untimely death. This quest challenges Alma’s relationships and brings into question her mental well-being with those closest to her. Purdy and Bob-Waksberg serve as executive producers, along with Noel Bright, Steven A. Cohen, and Tommy Pallotta. Dutch artist and filmmaker Hisko Hulsing served as the series director and production designer. Panelists include: Rosa Salazar, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Kate Purdy, and moderator Ben Travers. “Undone” is produced by Amazon Prime Video and Tornante Productions. (Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront)
July 19, 2019
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Based on The New York Times bestselling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, “The Boys” is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes—who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and as revered as Gods—abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the superpowerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about The Seven and Vought—the multi-billion-dollar conglomerate that manages these superheroes and covers up all of their dirty secrets. The series stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, and Elisabeth Shue. The Boys is executive produced by Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, and Ori Marmur, as well as Ken Levin and Jason Netter. Panelists include: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara; executive producer Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, Jessie T. Usher, Elisabeth Shue, moderated by Aisha Tyler. Premiering July 26 on Amazon Prime Video, the eight-episode Amazon Original series is co-produced by Amazon Prime Video and Sony Pictures Television Studios with Point Grey Pictures, Kripke Enterprises, and Original Film. (Ballroom 20, San Diego Convention Center)
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Set in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures whose exotic homelands were invaded by the empires of man, Amazon Prime Video’s “Carnival Row” explores how this growing population struggles to coexist with humans—forbidden to live, love, or fly with freedom. But even in darkness, hope lives, as a human detective Rycroft Philostrate (Orlando Bloom) and a refugee faerie named Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne) rekindle a dangerous affair despite an increasingly intolerant society. This panel features a cast and executive producer discussion, exclusive sneak peeks, and audience Q&A. From Amazon Prime Video and Legendary Television “Carnival Row” is executive produced by Marc Guggenheim (Arrow,Eli Stone), René Echevarria (Star Trek, Teen Wolf, Castle, Medium), Jon Amiel (Outsiders), Orlando Bloom, and Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim, Clash of the Titans). Beacham’s “A Killing on Carnival Row,” on which the project is based, appeared on the very first installment of the Hollywood Blacklist in 2005. Panelists include: Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, David Gyasi, Tamzin Merchant, Travis Beacham, and Marc Guggenheim, moderated by Tim Kash (IMDB). (Ballroom 20, San Diego Convention Center)
July 20, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Calling all Earthers, Belters, and Martians, “The Expanse” is making its return to Comic-Con this summer! The series has had an incredible journey since San Diego last saw the Rocinante crew. They return with news from beyond the Ring Gate and from their new home-thanks to help from the fans-as an Amazon Prime Video series. Be the first to hear about what’s next for your favorite crew from the creatives and cast, and get an early look at what’s to come when season 4 drops on Prime Video later this year. The Hugo Award-winning series, based on the hugely popular science fiction novels, was developed and scripted by the Academy Award-nominated writing duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby who executive produce season 4 along with Naren Shankar, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Sharon Hall, Sean Daniel, Jason Brown, Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck and Dan Nowak. Shankar serves as showrunner for season 4. Panelists include: Steven Strait, Wes Chatham, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Frankie Adams, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Naren Shankar, Ty Franck, Daniel Abraham, moderated by Kyle Hill (Nerdist). (Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront)
World premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 29, 2019.
Prime Video’s “The Boys” series couldn’t have come at a better time, when superhero movies have been dominating the box office, and the lead characters in the movies have legions of devoted fans around the world. “The Boys,” based on the graphic-novel series of the same name, explores what it would be like to live in a world where over-worshipped superheroes abuse their fame and power. Based on the pilot episode of “The Boys” that had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Prime Video could have its first big superhero-themed hit.
The main protagonists of “The Boys” aren’t even superheroes. They’re mere mortals who want to expose the corrupt superheroes because of personal vendettas they have against them. Hughie Campbell (played by Jack Quaid) is a mild-mannered employee of an independent electronics store in New York City. It’s the type of store that’s rapidly disappearing in a retail economy that’s killed Radio Shack. Hughie seems to have a safe and predictable life. He and his girlfriend Robin (played by Jess Salgueiro) are very much in love, and although Hughie’s job doesn’t pay too well, it’s enough for him to get by comfortably, even if he still has to live with his single father (played by Simon Pegg).
Hughie’s world turns into a nightmare when his girlfriend is killed right in front of him in a freak accident. It’s because a lightning-speed superhero named A-Train (played by Jessie T. Usher) literally runs right through her while chasing a robber, and that leads to Robin’s gruesome death. A-Train runs so fast (just like DC Comics’ The Flash) that he didn’t even notice that he killed someone until he sees the bloody aftermath, and he makes a quick excuse that he has to leave in order to keep chasing after the robber.
A devastated Hughie tries to get justice from Vought International, the mega-corporation that manages and secretly covers up for the world’s top superheroes, including an elite group called The Seven. (The Seven is written as an obvious satire of DC Comics’ supergroup Justice League.) Vought is run by Madelyn Stillwell (played by Elizabeth Shue), a ruthless executive who puts on a façade of doing what’s best for the world, while hiding superheroes’ dirty secrets. Vought offers Hughie a $45,000 settlement to not sue over Robin’s death, but he refuses. A-Train gives a half-hearted public apology, but Hughie is not convinced the apology is sincere. Hughie isn’t so mild-mannered anymore. He’s heartbroken, bitter, and out for revenge. He just doesn’t know what to do about it yet.
Meanwhile, in Des Moines, Iowa, a naïve young woman named Annie January (played by Erin Moriarty) is training to become a superhero, much like a girl would train for an event that’s a combination of an athletic competition and a beauty pageant. She’s hoping she’ll be the chosen one to replace Lamplighter, one of the superheroes who is retiring from The Seven. What happens to this young superhero will set in motion much of the action for the rest of the series. She joins The Seven under the new identity Starlight, a character clearly inspired by Supergirl.
Not long after Starlight joins The Seven, Hughie unexpectedly meets Billy Butcher (played by Karl Urban), a no-nonsense badass who crashes into Hughie’s store. Billy says that he’s part of a secret vigilante group called The Boys, whose goal is to hold law-breaking superheroes accountable for their misdeeds. Hughie wants in on the action, but Billy wants Hughie to prove himself first.
Billy tells Hughie that all of the superheroes are corrupt except Homelander (played by Antony Starr), the leader of The Seven, an alpha-male, patriotic type who has the superhero ability to fly, just like Superman. But is Homelander really a good guy or has Billy been fooled into thinking he is?
Other characters from The Seven that are introduced in this pilot episode include The Deep (played by Chace Crawford), an Aquaman-type heartthrob who’s secretly a creep abusing his power through sexual harassment; Black Noir (played by Nathan Mitchell), a mysterious silent type; Translucent (played by Alex Hassell), who can make himself invisible, similar to the DC Comics character Negative Man, and uses this ability to be a perverted Peeping Tom; and Queen Maeve (played by Dominique McElligott), a tough-but-tender alpha female, similar to Wonder Woman, who shows signs that she’s not as committed to The Seven’s corrupt ways as the rest of the group.
Translucent is not in “The Boys” comic books, so his storyline in the TV series is the least-easiest to predict. Advance teaser footage of “The Boys” shows Translucent imprisoned in a cage. The Prime Video series also has some other differences from “The Boys” comic books (which were created by writer Garth Ennis and illustrator Darick Robertson), but that spoiler information won’t be included here.
Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Ori Marmur, Ken F. Levin and Jason Netter are among the executive producers of “The Boys.” They previously adapted a popular graphic-novel series to television with AMC’s “Preacher.” Other executive producers of “The Boys” are Eric Kripke (“Supernatural”), Neal H. Moritz (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) and Pavun Shetty (CBS’s “S.W.A.T.”).
Based on the pilot episode of “The Boys,” this series is going full-throttle with sex, drugs, adult language and violence. Now that Prime Video has canceled the superhero comedy series “The Tick” (which didn’t really click with audiences, after two seasons), “The Boys” can step in and fill that superhero series void with a rip-roaring abandon that’s a satirical kick in the face to superheroes who are too popular for their own good.
Prime Video will premiere the first season of “The Boys” on July 26, 2019.