When you first start watching The Boys, you’ll recognize The Seven. The superheroes mimick a number of characters from the DCU.
You’ll be forgiven if you feel like you’ve met The Seven before. It shouldn’t be surprising to hear that the superheroes from The Boys mimic a few DCU superheroes. While some are obvious, others could leave you scratching your head.
We’ll get the easier ones out of the way first. Homelander has to be a version of Superman. You’ve got the ability to fly, the laser eyes, and the X-ray vision. Of course, the cape is more of Captain America’s style, bringing in some of Marvel, but for the most part, this character is a version of Superman.
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And this isn’t all that surprising. There was an attempt to get the graphic novels set in the world of the DCU, using the likes of Superman and Batman. Naturally, the leader of the group would be someone as super-powerful as Superman.
Queen Maeve is another that will be obvious upon immediately meeting her. She’s supposed to be a take on Wonder Woman. The difference is that she doesn’t have a Lasso of Truth. Her power is within her superhuman strength.
The Deep, Starlight, and A-Train will be the three others that are obvious DCU characters. The Deep and A-Train are fellow Justice League members, Aquaman and The Flash. There are certainly some major differences to their personalities and “humble” beginnings, but the powers are virtually the same.
However, I will divert on A-Train. While he seems to be The Flash of The Seven, there are times that he’s more like Kid Flash. There’s an immaturity to him, an inability to always control his powers and the graphic novels see him as a member of the Teenage Kix, a teenage version of The Seven. The Boys also has Mister Marathon, who is more like The Flash of the group.
Starlight is Supergirl. The costume, the naivety, and the want to do good all link to this. However, you may also notice some of Starfire mixed in here. Starlight’s powers (and name) certainly link to the Teen Titans character.
What about Black Noir? We don’t see him too much in The Boys Season 1 and it’s hard not to like him. After all, unlike his graphic novel counterpart, he doesn’t do anything wrong. There’s time for that, though!
Black Noir is supposed to be the Batman of the group. However, he also shares some similarities with the villain Slade, in my opinion!
Translucent is the only one who doesn’t seem to fit any member of the Justice League or a close connection. The most obvious would be Invisible Kid, and to be fair, Translucent is a bit of a child now and then. It’s also possible that he comes more from the Marvel side of things, with Fantastic Four’s Sue Storm coming to mind purely for the need to be naked to be invisible.
The team member who retires in The Boys is called Lamplighter. It’s clear that he’s a take on the Green Lantern, although his costume is reminiscent of the Green Arrow.
What do you think of The Seven? Were you surprised by the parodies of the DCU characters? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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