GEN V – Giving the Superhero Journey A New Take with the Good Ole College Try

GEN V Showrunner, Michele Fazekas, and Executive Producer, Eric Kripke, talk about the creative opportunities the College age and setting present.
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Prime Video’s Gen V is a groundbreaking series that intricately weaves the complexities of superpowers with the transformative journey of college life. The creators, executive producerEric Kripke, and showrunner Michele Fazekas, have meticulously curated a world where the tumultuous paths of self-discovery, exploration, and the essence of youth unfold against the vibrant backdrop of college, offering a fresh perspective on the superhero odyssey.

A Setting Beyond High School

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Jaz Sinclair (Marie Moreau)

In a deliberate move away from the saturated trope of high school dramas, Gen V navigates the uncharted territories of college life, exploring the profound moments of coming of age that define the threshold of adulthood.

“Yeah. I mean, some of it was just as we were chatting and kicking around the idea, you know, that there are an endless glut of high school shows, but there aren’t nearly as many college shows. And I think college shows are really fascinating because of the age group. And you truly are, I think, more than in high school, you really are coming of age.”

-Eric Kripke-

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The choice of a college setting allows for a deeper exploration of character development and maturity. It provides a fresh canvas to explore more profound and nuanced aspects of the human experience, beyond the conventional high school setting, enhancing the richness of the narrative.

Realism in the Superhero World

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Kripke emphasizes the significance of portraying a realistic college experience, where the essence of youth, marked by exploration, self-discovery, and the navigation of life’s myriad challenges, is authentically captured, providing a solid foundation for the superhero journey.

“And because you’re about to be an adult and like launched out into the world. And so what kind of person are you going to be and are you going to sell out and or not? And are you going to be part of the machine or are you going to separate from it and cost?”

-Eric Kripke-

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This quote underscores the creators’ intent to portray the college experience with a sense of realism and authenticity, emphasizing the pivotal life decisions and moral crossroads that characterize this phase of life, enriching the superhero narrative with deeper existential explorations.

College Is Where Things Get Real

The creators have infused Gen V with a depth that goes beyond the spectacle of superpowers, focusing on the evolution of characters and the unfolding of narratives that resonate with the real-life experiences and challenges encountered in the journey through college.

“And there’s all these issues that I think are really heavy that are more than just who’s hooking up with who. So I think it was why we wanted to do that.”

-Eric Kripke-

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Kripke highlights the multifaceted issues that the series aims to tackle, moving beyond superficial relationship dramas to delve into substantial life challenges and moral dilemmas, reflecting a more comprehensive and nuanced portrayal of the human experience.

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“So I think it’s why it works well on The Boys and why it works on this show that when Maria blows up Rufus’s penis. It’s not because we wanted to blow up a penis -I mean we did- but like, it’s about, ‘Oh, this is what happens to girls in college when they’re coerced into sex or finding themselves in an unsafe situation.’ That’s where that came from.”

-Michele Fazekas-

Fazekas shared how even the most outrageous situations, are organic to the story and the setting. While she and the rest of the team do enjoy the gory viscera of blowing up a penis, it isn’t just a visual spectacle for shock value. It is emblematic of reality and the dangers of countless women in college. Exploring reality just so happens to present the opportunity to blow up a dick.

Gen V stands as a testament to the innovative storytelling that transcends conventional superhero narratives, offering a rich exploration of the human experience through the lens of college life. The creators’ vision breathes life into a world where superpowers serve as a canvas to paint the diverse, multifaceted, and profound journeys of characters navigating the pivotal crossroads of youth and adulthood. As well as provide depth, nuance, and profound purpose when exploding a penis.

Gen V is now streaming exclusively on Prime Video and has been officially greenlit for Season 2.

About Gen V

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Release: September 29, 2023
Showrunners: Michelle Fazeka & Tara Butters
Executive Producers: Michelle Fazeka, Tara Butters, Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Neal H. Moritz, Ori Marmur, Pavun Shetty, Ken Levin, Jason Netter, Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Craig Rosenberg, Zak Schwartz, Erica Rosbe, and Michaela Starr
Co-Executive Producer: Brant Engelstein
Produced by: Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios, in association with Kripke Enterprises, Point Grey Pictures, and Original Film
Cast: Jaz Sinclair, Chance Perdomo, Lizze Broadway, Shelley Conn, Maddie Phillips, London Thor, Derek Luh, Asa Germann, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Marco Pigossi

From the world of The Boys comes Gen V, which explores the training of the first generation of superheroes to know about Compound V, and that their powers were injected into them, rather than God-given. These young, competitive heroes put their physical and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the school’s highly coveted top ranking. They quickly come to learn that ambition comes with sacrifice, and the difference between right and wrong is not as clear as they once believed. When the university’s dark secrets come to light, the students must come to grips with what type of heroes they are going to become.

Are you caught up with Gen V? What would college be like for you if you had powers? Could you add meaning to blowing up a penis? Let us know what you think on social media!

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