Sam Bayer - the director of the upcoming Nightmare On Elm Street reboot and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - has a new project idea. He wants to tackle ultraviolent superhero series The Boys, by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.
In an interview with Shock Til You Drop, Bayer expressed interest in directing a film adaptation of Preacher scribe Garth Ennis and Transmetropolitan artist Darick Robertson's ribald Dynamite Entertainment comic book:
Yeah, I'm catching my breath but I've been offered some stuff. There's one comic book I really dig that I want to go after that's bad-ass. I'd like to get it, it's called The Boys. It's about a group of mercenaries and they're job is to kick the shit out of superheroes who get out of line. It doesn't get any better than that. In the world of The Boys, superheroes are scumbags. My youngest brother is a comic book historian and he introduced me to a lot of graphic novels like "The Dark Knight." There are some great books I don't think people have tapped into yet.
Ennis and Robertson brought The Boys to Dynamite in January 2007 after DC Comics canceled the series from its Wildstorm imprint. DC was rumored to be unimpressed with the series' less than charitable portrayals of superheroes. In The Boys, a superteam analogous to the Justice League of America engages in orgies, drug binges, mass murder - y'know, the kind of behavior that doesn't fly in the JLA Watchtower.
Bayer is most famous for directing music videos such as Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Metallica's "Until It Sleeps," and Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." Nightmare On Elm Street is his first feature film.
[Herogasm cover by Darick Robertson]