The Boys Season 2: Does Freedom Come From The Comics?
While Stormfront is a character from the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comics that was created by the Nazis, Liberty is a brand new creation from Kripke and his writing team. While there are some key differences (the main one being that in the comics Stormfront is a guy), it’s very clear that she exposes many of the beliefs of her comic book counterpart. “From day one, I wanted to bring Stormfront in as a character, but we wanted to change it like we do with a lot of elements of the show,” Kripke told IGN. “We wanted it to reflect 2020. And the truth is that today, a lot of hate is packed into this kind of savvy and charming social media package. Like, ‘Hey, we’re just iconoclastic free thinkers here,’ but really we’ve been ‘pedaling hateful shit for decades.’ So we wanted to reflect that. So we start with this character who is smart and free to think, but then, once you’ve scratched the surface, you realize how hateful his thoughts and feelings are. And now in episode 4 we realize that not she only has these hateful thoughts, but she’s also very old and she is holding onto some very old hateful thoughts that she is now just wrapping in new ways. “For the sake of spoilers, Kripke did not go into detail about Stormfront’s mysterious past or why she decided to make a sudden comeback. However, he hinted at why Vought may have given him a new character.
“So we knew Stormfront is a lot older than it suggests,” Kripke explained. ” [Liberty] just came from a conversation of, well, Vought probably changed his image every two decades and just shifted it, like a Catholic priest. So who would she have been in the 70s or 60s? Who would she have been if she had had even more freedom to be openly racist? So it came out of that conversation. ”
We also found it interesting that for a character called Liberty, she didn’t quite live up to her name – Kripke explained why. “It comes under a very typical Vought MO,” Kripke said. “They give their heroes very marketable names. And the heroes exhibit in many ways the exact opposite qualities of the names they profess: Queen Maeve doesn’t act much like a queen, Homelander doesn’t really protect her homeland, and Liberty is pretty much the opposite of freedom. . ” For more on The Boys: Season 2, check out our Episode 4 review, find out which X-Men star character Shawn Ashmore plays in upcoming episodes, and who will play Supernatural star Jensen Ackles in season 3. .
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