The showrunner and lead villain of Amazon’s superhero spoof series The Boys are eager to have it made into a videogame—and they want none other than Metal Gear and Death Stranding mastermind Hideo Kojima to make it happen.
The idea came up over the weekend, when Kojima revealed that he’d actually been conceptualizing a dark superhero game of his own, but opted to shelve it after seeing The Boys.
“I watched a few episodes that were delivered at the time when I was about to start a project that I had been warming up for a long time, and put it on hold because the concept was similar (different settings and tricks),” he tweeted. “A buddy (male/female) thing with a special detective squad facing off against legendary heroes behind the scenes. I was thinking of Mads as the lead.”
Mads, of course, is Mads Mikkelsen, who starred in Death Stranding and would probably make an outstanding dark hero, or villain, or anything, really.
In his latest update, Kojima (via. VGC) talked about The Boys, admitting that he initially quit watching the hit superhero series after the first three episodes of the first season, but recently chose to revisit it. In a series of tweets, Kojima revealed that he had been planning a project that would have starred Mads Mikkelsen (who previously collaborated with the game director as a cast member of Death Stranding), and would have focused on a special squad facing off against legendary superheroes who needed to be kept in check behind the scenes.
"THE BOYS," which I quit after 3 episodes of season 1. I thought I'd watch the rest of the show. Actually, I watched a few episodes that were delivered at the time when I was about to start a project that I had been warming up for a long time, pic.twitter.com/UpI00pUIHQ
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) June 26, 2022
It sounds like an excellent idea, and it attracted the attention of none other than Eric Kripke, the showrunner for The Boys. “Please come make a #TheBoysgame,” Kripke tweeted in response to Kojima. “We can team up and conquer! Huge fan, btw.”
And in response to that, Anthony Starr, who plays chief lunatic bad guy Homelander on the show, tweeted, “Second that notion.”
I watched the first eight episodes of season one of THE BOYS. The concept was the same, a black "anti-hero" story in which a superhero and a human face off, but the setting, gimmicks, and tone were very different from what I had in mind for my previous project. pic.twitter.com/sekEiL6agE
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) June 27, 2022
Kojima hasn’t responded to Kripke or Starr yet, and the likelihood of Kojima taking on a licensed Amazon game seems extremely remote at best: He is apparently already working on a new Death Stranding, for one thing, and Amazon has its own game development studio anyway. But the idea of a Boys game headed up by a proven creator who’s not afraid to get weird has some serious potential, and if Kojima was already thinking about something like that anyway, well—dare to dream, I suppose.
Alas, Kojima said in a later tweet that he’s since watched a few more episodes of The Boys, and also seemed to put a little more distance between the show and what he had in mind. “The concept was the same, a black ‘anti-hero; story in which a superhero and a human face off,” he tweeted. “But the setting, gimmicks, and tone were very different from what I had in mind for my previous project.”