The Boys: Who is Erin Moriarty? Starlight shines the brightest!

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Getting a little tired of superhero fare? Not to worry, The Boys have got you covered.

In a world of superhero saturation, The Boys has arrived so show us that the sub-genre still has so much more to explore. 

Cast your minds back to the year 2000. Movies like Ridley Scott's Gladiator, Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous and Guy Ritchie's Snatch were arriving and making huge impressions on audiences. Today, all three examples are regarded as modern classics, but it was another significant hit which arguably had far more impact on cinema. 

It was the year that Bryan Singer's X-Men reached us. It's hard to even think now, but back then this really was something new; the comic-book adaptation was a gamble, and look where we are now. The effort was followed by the likes of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, and in 2008, the MCU was born with Jon Favreau's Iron Man. Today, the biggest blockbusters are primarily superhero instalments, year in year out. 

Whether you're checked out or still tuned in, the superhero is here to stay, so why not have a little fun?

The Boys, Amazon Studios, 2019

Amazon welcomes The Boys!

Honesty, the MCU has shown improvements with phase 3, winning over many with big behemoths like Avengers: Endgame. However, sometimes you just want something a little different. It doesn't all have to be Captain America or Spider-Man. 

Over the years, we've seen some great superhero titles like Kick-Ass, Watchmen and The Dark Knight, which feel unmistakably new and original in their approach to the formula. Fortunately, Amazon's exciting new series The Boys is continuing this tradition of subversion and playful glee. 

Based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's source material of the same name, the project was developed by Erick Kripke and even executive-produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is The End). Season 1 - comprised of eight episodes - premiered on Prime Video on Friday, July 26th 2019, and the sub-genre feels all the better for it. 

Imagine a world in which your Iron Man and Captain America types are kinda the worst; that's The Boys. The series' title refers to a group of vigilantes who have decided to target the corrupt superheroes, of which abuse their status as icons for financial greed, among other things. Pretty cool concept, right? 

The Boys: Erin Moriarty

Since the show's emergence, fans have found themselves completely taken with Erin Moriarty, who plays Starlight - real name Annie January. 

Her character's superpower is the ability to emit light like no other. She's the newest member of The Seven - which refers to the superheroes - and has noble and intentions, actually wishing to help those around her. With talents like Karl Urban (Dredd), Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas) and Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games) giving it their all, it's terrific that Erin has established herself as a series stand-out, but reflecting on her work, it's not too surprising. 

The 25-year-old actress played Lydia in the Mel Gibson action-flick Blood Father, Kelly in 2013's indie darling The Kings of Summer, Chelsea in the star-studded sci-fi comedy The Watch and Claire in 2015's Captain Fantastic

She boasts some pretty awesome film credits, but there's also some great TV in there too. It would be crazy not to highlight that Erin was in True Detective season 1, arguably one of the greatest achievements in television history; she played Audrey Hart. Then, Erin also appeared as Hope Shlottman in Jessica Jones and beyond, leading up to The Boys. 

Erin Moriarty attends 2019 Comic-Con International - Red Carpet For Erin Moriarty attends 2019 Comic-Con International - Red Carpet For "The Boys" on July 19, 2019 in San Diego, California.

What's next for Erin Moriarty?

The actress is set to star in a 2019 comedy short called Famous Adjacent, but other than that, there are no future roles attributed to her IMDb page

Nevertheless, according to The Boys' Wikipedia, the superhero series was renewed for a second season even before the first premiered. They were all clearly confident in what they'd created, and now it's arrived, we can totally see why!

The Boys is available to watch now on Prime Video. 

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