Why The Boys Changed Stormfront’s Costume For The Amazon Series
The boys’ Costume designer Laura Jean Shannon explained why Stormfront’s costume changed drastically from its comic book counterpart.
According to Shannon, Stormfront’s costume had the most drastic change from the comics compared to other characters in the show. “[Stormfront is] a he in the books, and wears his Nazi symbolism very well on his sleeve, I’d say, but it’s actually on his cape!” she said in an interview with Jumpcut. “So what we wanted to do was be a little more delicate with how we portrayed her using visual cues and influences that weren’t so precise.”
Shannon explained that the design team wanted to weave little Easter eggs into the costume, hinting at the character’s background. “So as fans got to know the character and she grew, we started to realize that, spoilers, she’s old and she’s a Nazi, that these things that we’ve got cooked might become apparent after the reveal, but they didn’t hit over the head when it comes into the picture,” she said.
Season 2 of The boys introduces Stormfront, performed by you are the worst actress Aya Cash, as a new member of the Seven who can unload searing energy from her hands. Secretly, this character is a former Nazi from the 1940s who, thanks to being the first successful subject of Compound V, has immortality. Show creator Eric Kripke swapped the character from the comics. The original Stormfront was a male superhero partially based on Marvel Comics’ Thor and DC Comics’ Captain Marvel/Shazam, but had the same white supremacist ideology as the series version.
Shannon continued, “We used similar color schemes to the character in the books, which worked for us because we really, really wanted Aya (who was so fun to work with) when she turned into Stormfront to be in this kind of classic and iconic cat costume…” So we started with this kind of cat costume idea, and then added to the armored elements that showed a lot of battle scars, and where to talk about his history, age and pedigree.”
Season 2 of The boys ended with Ryan Butcher, the super-powered son of Homelander and Becca Butcher, nearly vaporizing Stormfront. She lost almost all of her limbs and one eye and was covered in third-degree burns. However, Kripke confirmed that the character was not officially dead and jokingly claimed that he is now called “Stumpfront”. Some have speculated that the supe Nazi would be integrated into a zombie story from the comics.
The boys Season 3 will launch on June 6 on Amazon Prime.
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