The second season of Amazon Prime's The Boys will introduce more characters that fans will be familiar with from Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic books of the same name.
But one character will look very different. On the TV series, Stormfront is now a female character and will be portrayed by actress Aya Cash.
Speaking about why the show decided to gender-swap Stormfront, showrunner Eric Kripke explained that he wanted to hurt Seven leader Homelander more.
"We wanted to sort of create Homelander’s worst nightmare," Kripke said (via Comicbook.com). "And his worse nightmare would be a strong woman who wasn’t afraid of him and proceeded to steal his spotlight.
"I think that would hurt him way more than if it were a male character because he is a gaping hole of insecurity."
Kripke went on to explain how this new version of Stormfront has mastered social media to frame her message in a way to build support for her ideology.
"A lot of hate and negative thought these days, if you look online, is packaged in really slick, social media-attractive ways," Kripke said.
"It’s not like the old dudes with crew cuts in the 1960s newsreels anymore."
Kripke added that this version of Stormfront will show how new hate movements are led by "young people, who are trying to hook in a new generation and we sort of wanted to reflect how insidious that is".
Previously Cash said of the character: "I think Stormfront is like a nuclear bomb that goes off in the Seven. Maybe nuclear bomb isn't the right word. We're in Chernobyl. There you go. It's a Chernobyl thing.
"I think she's here to blow up Vought. She's here to try to get Vought back to the original idea behind creating superheroes... And she can be quite the feminist. There's a lot of, I wouldn't say misdirect, but she also is a very empowered woman."
The Boys is available to stream on on Amazon Prime Video.
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