Netflix’s New Superhero Series, ‘Supacell,’ Is a Proper Hit, Set to Rival ‘The Boys’

Netflix's New Superhero Series, 'Supacell,' Is a Proper Hit, Set to Rival 'The Boys'

Netflix is known as the biggest streaming service out there, with the largest number of subscribers and, of course, the largest number of original content. Whether you want movies, series, or animated series, regardless of the genre, Netflix is definitely going to have something for you to enjoy.

While the superhero genre has mostly been on the big screen, with Disney (MCU) and Warner (DCU) being the biggest players on the market, superhero series are also present, but Disney and Amazon (with The Boys) are the biggest players in that aspect. Or, they have been, at least, until late June.

On June 27, 2024, Netflix released the superhero series Supacell, whose first season consists of six episodes. Focused on Black characters, the series has been praised by many and is slowly becoming a proper hit around the world after having taken the United Kingdom by storm. The critics are very satisfied and some people online are claiming that Supacell could become a rival to Amazon’s The Boys!

Before we discuss it in more detail, allow us to provide you with a trailer so that you can see what the series is about for yourselves:

Supacell is not a series that has been advertised much and most of our readers will probably not have heard about it, but the series has been receiving praise all over and we simply had to tell you about it. The series was created by Andrew Onwubolu, better known as Rapman, a producer, rapper, and filmmaker, who pitched this original superhero series, one of only a small number of such series focusing on Black characters, to Netflix and it seems that the series is on track to become a proper hit.

Netflix describes the series as follows: “When five ordinary South Londoners discover they have extraordinary powers, it’s down to one man to bring them together to save the woman he loves.

The series stars Tosin Cole as Michael Lasaki, Adelayo Adedayo as Dionne Ofori, Eddie Marsan as Ray, Nadine Mills as Sabrina Clarke, Eric Kofi-Abrefa as Andre Simpson, Calvin Demba as Rodney, Josh Tedeku as Tayo “Tazer” Amusan, Rayxia Ojo as Sharleen Clarke, Giacomo Mancini as Spud, Michael Salami as Gabriel, Travis Jay as John, Ghetts as Craig “Krazy”, Digga D as Chucky, and Robbie Gee as Mr. Johnson.

As for the reactions, the series is doing great, standing at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a high audience score (79%) as well. Here is what the critics are saying:

“Supacell has the familiar and sometimes predictable themes found in these types of projects… Still, Rapman’s exploration of what it means for Black people specifically to gain powers makes the show unique.”

Aramide Tinubu, Variety

“They didn’t choose their powers — or to save the day — but when a show is this much fun it’s extremely good news that their powers chose them.”

Leila Latif, Guardian

“In a televisual sea of white noise, this is propulsive, compulsive viewing. You thought superheroes had had their day? Rapman to the rescue.”

Alex Godfrey, Empire

The dark take on the superhero genre has been compared to Amazon’s The Boys. Could Supacell surpass the series? It will take some time and a lot of courage to do it, but it will definitely be interesting to see this “rivalry” unfold in the upcoming years if Supacell gets renewed for more seasons.

Have you seen the show? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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