Here’s why Stormfront is a better parody than Homelander

At the heart of the Amazon Prime series universe The Boys, the character of Homelander embodies the parody of the superhero Superman. But that of Stormfront has distinguished itself in one season by its sadism a bit more subtle. Explanations.

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While season 3 of The Boys as the months go by, new characters come to fill the roster already well supplied from the Amazon Prime series. After Gunpowder, Soldier Boy or “Comtesse Crimson”, we have just learned that several actors come in turn to join the ranks for the third act. Let us quote the TNT twins, played by Kristin Booth and Jack Doolan, which could refer to a parody of the Wonder Twins, extraterrestrial twins who belong to the DC Comics universe.

Caricatures, that’s what the superheroes of The Boys. The latter refer for many to their alter ego drawn from the Marvel and DC universe, and / or an ideology or a preponderant evil in our society. If Soldier Boy is shaping up to be a Captain America pastiche (and potentially more), Homelander materializes American imperialism and American virtue pushed to its limits in an evil Superman.

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But another character stands out for his image. This is Stormfront. Appeared at the start of season 2, the new member of the Seven quickly established herself in Eric Kripke’s show and in the minds of fans. A superheroine who has proven to be just as unhealthy as Homelander, if not more subtle.

Through her appearances and her actions, we gradually noticed all the complexity of the newcomer played by actress Aya Cash. Because yes, Stormfront refers to this meteoric rise in the media of a personality, whose words, as dangerous as they are, elicit the consent of the masses. For example, these positions taken via memes and viral videos are a critique of social networks and its information bubbles, of the non-verification of sources and the ignorance that all this entails. The actress had also confided in the media Vulture about her character:

He (Eric Kripke), did extensive research on these individuals and how they managed to manipulate the media, in a very thoughtful way. It’s not about making this superheroine badass, it’s about showing what happens when these people have power. “

Version 3.0 de Homelander ?

Also, it materializes latent fascism, American ultra-conservatism through words such as “make America safe again“well placed, strangely close to a”make america great again“. His couple formed with Homelander embodies this form of 21st century modern neo-Nazism, which Stormfront maintains, and develops through its more contemporary side.

Alan Moore, famous comic book writer as Watchmen Where V for Vendetta said during an interview for a Brazilian magazine in 2017 that there is still a white supremacist DNA rooted in superheroes and that iconic characters like Superman and Batman “are still master race white supremacist dreamsNo doubt this influenced Kripke in shaping the characters of Homelander and Stormfront. The latter as a sequel, a version 3.0

Moreover, during a press conference, the showrunner revealed this about Stormfront:

Today, if you go on social networks, you see that a lot of negative movements and hateful thoughts are brought in a more elaborate and more media-attractive way (…), we must stop keeping this image of these old men with the neat haircuts you had in the sixties. IHere, Stormfront represents those movements led by young people trying to attract a new generation [vers ces idéologies haineuses] and we wanted to show how it can be done in an insidious way. “

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In the comics imagined by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, Stormfront is an extremely imposing man who immediately makes us think of a Superman in Nazi version. But for Kripke, it was necessary to create “Homelander’s worst nightmare. And his worst nightmare is simply a strong woman who is not afraid of him and who is able to steal the light from him. Badass

Unfortunately for her, (CAUTION SPOILERS SEASON 2), the super Nazi came under the spotlight as quickly as it did under Homelander’s son at the end of the season. If his return seems very unlikely, there is no doubt that Stormfront has given The Boys some serious credibility.


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