After many failed attempts to adapt Garth Ennis’ subversive superhero comic, The BoysSeth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have teamed up for the silver screenSupernaturalEric Kripke, creator of the series, to make it into one of Amazon Prime’s most popular streaming hits. The BoysThe dark side of superhero lore was revealed at the right time for an audience tired of lighthearted, traditional Marvel fare.
Amazon is so confident in its Supe-infested flagship series, The Boys, that it renewed season 3 before season 2 premiered. The coronavirus pandemic caused delays in The Boys’ third season. This was just like all other movie and TV productions. Filming is still underway, and fans will soon be able to binge-watch the entire series. This is what we know so far about season 3.
Kripke, who is the showrunner for The Boys, said that the show’s third season would adapt the Herogasm miniseries, which was adapted from the comics. The sixth episode will be based on this ambitious series, which follows a huge superhero orgy festival. Kripke said that the footage from the Herogasm episode resulted in “the craziest dailies [he has] ever seen,” containing hard-R imagery “that people are not ready to watch.” The real challenge will be sitting through the first five episodes and not skipping to the superhuman sex romp full of boundary-pushing visuals in episode 6.
In the third season, The Boys will introduce Soldier Boy from the comics. However, the TV adaptation will drastically alter his character. Soldier Boy, a Supe who sex once a year with Homelander to try and get into the Seven, is the character in the comics. However, in the TV version, he will be more like Captain America, a superhero from World War II who has been retired in the present.
The TV Soldier Boy has been described as “Homelander before Homelander.” While Soldier Boy is sweet and innocent in the comics, Kripke claims the TV series will make him worse than Homelander. Jensen Ackles is the new Soldier Boy. He is best known for his role as Dean Winchester on Kripke’s Supernatural series. Interestingly, Ackles auditioned to play the MCU’s Cap before Chris Evans got the part, which is like a second chance.
Colby Minifie, Claudia Doumit were promoted to series regulars with season 3. Minifie was first seen in season 1 as Ashley Barrett. She is a publicist for Vought International and has difficulty keeping Supes’ scandals under control. Ashley, Stillwell’s successor, was given a larger role in season 2. It looks like she will be given an even greater role in season 3.
Doumit was first seen in season 2 as Vic Neuman, a complex congresswoman who opposes Vought and lives a double life as a Super. She uses her superpowers against anyone who opposes Vought. Season 2 ended with Hughie taking a job for Neuman, not realizing that she was the assassin. Season 3 will continue this story by giving Neuman a bigger role.
Sean Patrick Flanery, Miles Gaston Villanueva, and Nick Wechsler have been cast as Gunpowder, Supersonic, and Blue Hawk, respectively. Gunpowder, a comics character who is a fire-breathing Teenage Kix member, is familiar.
However, Supersonic and Blue Hawk are original creations. Katia Winter will play the recurring role of Russian mob boss Little Nina. Laurie Holden, who is best known for her role as Andrea on The Walking Dead’s The Walking Dead, was cast to play Crimson Countess during the third season. Crimson Countess is a character with a similar aesthetic as the Scarlet Witch but has heat-based powers.
The third season of The Boys began on February 24, 2021, and will conclude in September 2021. Cast members such as Antony Starr and Karl Urban celebrated their long-awaited return home with social media posts. In March, the cast and crew were spotted shooting in Toronto. Ackles was spotted filming scenes as Soldier Boy at Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Amazon has not yet confirmed a release date of The Boys. Based on the series’ current trajectory (season 1 dropped in July 2019 and season 2 in September 2020), season 3 should appear around November 2021. Still, it seems unlikely the crew can finish the editing and VFX of an entire season in just two months. We can expect season 3 to arrive sometime in the early 2022s, although we won’t know unless Amazon announces a date.
Amazon will also be producing a spin-off series in The Boys universe, in addition to the third season of The Boys’ mainline series. The spin-off was created by Craig Rosenberg, The Boys executive producers. It will be held at Vought College, America’s only college for young superheroes.