The Boys is a bold adaptation of the comic, and the only condition the original author requested was ''Butcher should do it right.''

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The popular TV drama "The Boys," a live-action adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name, depicts a story that is heavily adapted from the original and follows a unique line. The original author Garth Ennis is said to be aware of this, but there was one condition he was asked to follow when adapting it into a film. Showrunner Eric Kripke revealed the details to Variety. The TV version follows the basic plot and character settings from the original, depicting the battle between the trashy superhero team "The Seven" and the vigilante group "The Boys" who have a grudge against them. 

On the other hand, the TV version's uniqueness is created by giving consistency to the original story, which Kripke says is "very sporadic," and by digging deeper into the "Seven" side. "I wanted a story that could support eight hours, but that wasn't in the (original) book," Kripke said that he had decided to adapt the original story from the beginning and had obtained permission from Ennis, the original author, in advance. "I said to him, 'I want to get the characters and the tone right, but is it okay if the story isn't exactly the same?'"

Ennis "completely understood" this request, Kripke said. However, he had one request. That was, "Please get Butcher right." Butcher is the protagonist of the story, played by Karl Urban in the TV version. Ennis and Butcher have something in common: they are from the UK. Perhaps because of this, Kripke said, "He (Ennis) has a strong personal connection to this character."

"The notes I get from him are always about Butcher and Butcher's lines, which is nice. He's from Northern Ireland and knows more about how East Londoners (Butchers) talk than I do. So I'm extremely grateful."

The TV version is scheduled to end with season 5. In the original work, there is a shocking twist ending, but the TV version will not follow this and will have a different scenario. Kripke said only that "it's already in my head."

Source: Variety