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Thursday, March 22, 2018

THE BOYS Casts Karen Fukuhara as The Female


And yes, she's deadlier than the male.

Deadline has word that the upcoming Amazon series The Boys, based on the Dynamite Entertainment comic series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, has cast Karen Fukuhara as The Female.  She joins Jack Quaid as Wee Hughie, Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk, and Erin Moriarty as Starlight.

According to the article, The Female is described as "a young Asian assassin with blistering fighting skills who happens to have superpowers, and uses them for explosive evisceration. When The Boys find her, she’s savage, doesn’t speak and is a complete mystery.  She later learns what it means to be human through her relationship with Frenchie."

In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, The Boys revolves around a group of vigilantes known informally as 'the Boys,' who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.

Fukuhara, 26, is best known as the DC Comics superhero Katana in the DC Extended Universe film Suicide SquadHer other roles include the 2017 movie Stray and the Cartoon Network animated series Craig of the Creek.

Created in 2006 by Ennis and Robertson, The Female (of the Species) first appeared in The Boys #2 as a presumably mute Japanese girl whose mother had taken her daughter to work for the day, only to have her daughter crawl away and expose herself to dangerous and toxic chemicals, including Compound V.  Falling into a bucket of the dangerous drug, researchers at the facility found themselves overwhelmed and killed by the small child, as the situation quickly escalated with many bodies left at the hands of the Female.  Although only an innocent child, she would prove very deadly and lethal.  She was eventually caught and treated like an animal.  Heavily drugged and tranquilized, the young Female managed to escape her confines every so often, escaping to the outside world where she would get glimpses of what an ordinary life might entail.  Her nickname was derived from the Rudyard Kipling poem of the same name.

Butcher Baker reassembled the anti-superhero team the Boys, tracking down the Female in the United States where she was doing violent hired muscle work for the Mafia.  The Female was introduced to Wee Hughie at the first team meeting and already knew the rest of the team from past experience.  Presumably hired by former contacts, The Female soon began to stalk men again and targeted the ones identified in photos given to her.  The Frenchman was aware of the Female's extra curricular activities and attempted to intervene by both appealing to the Female directly and threatening and intimidating one of the criminals hiring her to kill.

After a successful mission with the Boys where the Female ripped off the hands of one Supe and the face of another, the Female continued her side work as a hired arm. Unfortunately she was lured into a trap by powerful Payback member Stormfront. Considered by some to be the second most powerful superhuman in the world after the Homelander, The Female found herself in the unusual position of being the underdog.  The Female managed to tag Stormfront across his face, shredding his skin with her fingernails. The Female is overpowered regardless, and Stormfront delivered a vicious beating, with only the Female's ferocity allowing her to gouge Stormfront's right eye out before he beat her unconscious.

Later, during a meeting discussing how The Boys were going to stop Butcher, Hughie brought up the idea of including the Female, since she had not spoken for herself.  The Frenchman disagreed, saying this would halt or even reverse her positive development and Mother's Milk voiced his opinion she deserved the opportunity to walk away more than anyone else.  Hughie concurred, then told the Female it was okay to stay behind.  However, as the others started to walk out the door, she said to them "I hate mean people," the only time she had ever spoken a complete sentence.  She then puts on her trench coat and joined them against Butcher.  In The Boys #69, she and The Frenchman were seemingly killed when Butcher bombed The Boys' headquarters, the Flatiron building.

The Boys is expected to debut on Amazon sometime in 2019.

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