It seems clear at this point that we are entering a reflexive era of superheroes on screen where almost every comic book movie or TV show is self-aware and trying to upend or deconstruct the genre in some way. But if you thought Deadpool was trying a little too hard to be edgy and meta, wait till you get a load of The Boys. Based on the Wildstorm / Dynamite series by Garth Ennis, this is an Amazon Original series about a team of vigilantes who take it upon themselves to police corrupt superheroes and keep them in check (yes, they are indeed watching the Watchmen). The comic is known for being pretty aggressively violent and gritty and it does not seem like the TV show will shy away from that. The Boys is produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (who also adapted Preacher for AMC) along with Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and it stars Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue, Jennifer Esposito and Karen Fukuhara. The show hits Amazon on July 26th; check out the NSFW “red band” trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.