The Boys Season 2: Is Liberty from the Comic Books?
While Stormfront is a character from the comics by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson who was created by the Nazis, Liberty is a completely new creation from Kripke and his writing team. While there are some key differences (the main one being that in the comics, Stormfront is a guy) it’s very clear that she exhibits many of her comic book counterpart’s beliefs.
“From day one, I wanted to bring Stormfront in as a character, but we wanted to change it up as we do with a lot of the elements in the show,” Kripke told IGN. “We wanted it to reflect 2020. And the truth is today, a lot of hate is packaged in this sort of savvy, charming social media package. Like, ‘Hey, we’re just iconoclastic free thinkers over here,’ but really we’ve been pedaling hateful s**t for decades.’ So we wanted to reflect that. So we start off with this character who’s savvy and a free thinker, but then, once you scratch the surface you realize how hateful her thoughts and feelings are. And now, in episode 4, we realize that not only does she have those hateful thoughts, but she’s also very old and she’s holding onto very old hateful thoughts that’s she’s now just packaging in new ways.”For the sake of spoilers, Kripke didn’t go into too much detail about Stormfront’s mysterious past or why she’s decided to make a comeback all of a sudden. However, he did hint at why Vought may have given her a new persona.
“So we knew that Stormfront is much older than she lets on,” Kripke explained. “[Liberty] just came from a conversation of, well, Vought probably changed her image every couple of decades and just moved her around, like a catholic priest. And so, who would she have been in the ’70s or ’60s? Who would she have been if she had even greater freedom to be openly racist? So it emerged from that conversation.”
We also found it interesting that for a character called Liberty, she doesn’t really live up to her name – Kripke explained why. “It falls under a very typical Vought M.O.,” Kripke said. “They give their heroes very marketable names. And the heroes in many ways exhibit the exact opposite qualities of the names they’re professing: Queen Maeve doesn’t act much like a queen, Homelander isn’t really protecting his homeland, and Liberty is about the opposite of liberty.”For more on The Boys: Season 2, check out our review of episode 4, find out which character X-Men star Shawn Ashmore is playing in upcoming episodes, and who Supernatural star Jensen Ackles will play in Season 3.
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