The question of when Amazon’s Emmy-nominated superhero satire would make like a Thin Lizzy song and return to streaming queues has been on the lips of just about everyone for the past year. And while a definite release date is still yet to be announced, we do know it’s on the immediate horizon given The Boys season 3 has officially finished shooting in Toronto, Ontario what promises to be three times as bloody as season 2.
Series lead Karl Urban – who portrays the gruff-yet-loveable former SAS operator, William “Billy” Butcher – offered the status update via Instagram:
“And that’s a wrap on The Boys season 3,” writes the New Zeland dramatic talent.
“Massive thanks to our brilliant cast and crew for all the blood, [sweat, and tears] – and also to everyone involved in the production at Amazon Prime Video and Sony Pictures TV for working so hard to keep us all COVID safe.”
“And of course massive thanks to [series creator Eric Kripke] for delivering a next-level bat shit crazy good season 3. I can’t wait for y’all to see it. Be safe y’all.”
Elsewhere, fellow cast members Jack Quaid (Hughie Campbell), Karen Fukuhara (Kimiko Miyashiro / The Female), and Erin Moriarty (Annie January / Starlight) celebrated the occasion in a similar fashion – taking to the latter’s Instagram with the following caption:
“A labour of love, blood, sweat, tears, tequila, laughs, nose swabs, and so many 🖕s,” writes Erin Moriarty.
“There is no group I would rather go through it all with. WRAPPEDIGGITY on season 3 of The Boys.”
Taking into account how season 1 premiered in July 2019 and season 2 premiered in September 2020, based on the series’ production history, The Boys season 3 may very well be staring at the barrel of a November 2021 release date. To avoid getting your hopes up and hearts broken, however, it’d be best to widen those parameters (late 2021/early 2022). Only time and Amazon Prime Video will tell…
So what can we expect from the long-awaited follow-up? The two key aspects will involve the introduction of a precursor to Antony Starr’s Homelander known as Soldier Boy – portrayed by Supernatural alum Jensen Ackles – and an extremely R-rated storyline, bordering on the X-rated, infamously known as ‘Herogasm.’
Inspired by Captain America, Soldier Boy is a legacy mantle that has seen three different iterations in the original graphic novels written by Garthe Ennis and illustrated by Darick Robertson. The version which Jensen Ackles will portray in The Boys season 3 appears to be the first: among the first successful applications of Dr Vought’s Compound V, World War II veteran famed for killing German soldiers by the dozens, and the leader of a team preceding The Seven, Payback.
Armed with a distinctive shield – not entirely unlike his Marvel counterpart – it has been hinted that Soldier Boy will be “much stronger, darker, and more menacing supe” than the one portrayed in the original source material. Homelander before Homelander with the same ego and ambition, Eric Kripke has previously stated.
“Soldier Boy is the original badass,” explains costume designer Laura Jean Shannon.
“Our goal was to highlight a bygone era of overt masculinity and grit. With that pedigree, we dove headfirst into baking in an all-American quality grounded in a military soldier’s practicality with a heavy dose of old school cowboy swagger.”
“We knew that the actor had to have Steve McQueen looks and chops with a John Wayne attitude – luckily, Jensen Ackles embodies all of that.”
“It took six months but the experience surpassed Jensen’s expectations,” says Kripke.
“And if you think the photos are cool, just wait till you see Jensen in action.”
“Every dent, every scratch, every mark tells a story,” writes Jensen Ackles, also via Instagram (sensing a pattern?).
“A story that ends with me winning.”
Earlier this year, Eric Kripke confirmed The Boys season 3 would be tackling ‘Herogasm’, slated for the sixth episode of season 3, Kripke announced the wildly NSFW event via Twitter accompanied by a picture of the script written by Jessica Chou in exceedingly appropriate fashion.
“From day one, everyone dared me to make this episode,” writes Kripke.
“Challenge met, motherfuckers.”
The story arc depicts Billy Butcher, Hughie Campbell, Mother’s Milk (portrayed by Laz Alonso), and Frenchie (portrayed Tomer Capon) sneaking into a secret annual party hosted by Vought – the eponymous ‘Herogasm’ event. As briefly alluded to in the pilot episode’s club scene, this raunchy and off-the-rails affair involves an entire weekend of superhero orgies, drug use, and general debauchery on a secluded island resort, away from the public’s prying eyes.
Considering what we’ve seen already, ranging from head-crushing oral sex, supe with a prehensile extendo penis, as well as The Seven’s leader Homelander and his breast milk fetish/perennial mummy issues… one can only imagine the levels of debauchery Kripke has in store for us. Amazon’s iteration of The Boys may not have been a completely faithful adaptation thus far, but it sounds as though season 3 will ensure some core elements stay the course.
Ahead of The Boys season 2 premiering mid-last year, Amazon was happy enough with the show’s momentum to lock in an early renewal order for season 3; hence why they’ve eschewed any hang-up about playing things safe to give Kripke & Co carte blanche. Additionally, an accompanying after-show hosted by Aishia Tyler was also announced.
“Eric Kripke and the incredible cast of The Boys continue to deliver a wild and action-packed series full of surprises and can’t-miss moments that have made the series a global hit,” says Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television at Amazon Studios.
“We couldn’t be more excited to see where Eric takes The Boys and the supes in Season 3, and to have Aisha Tyler join The Boys family as the host of Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys.”
A few months later, in light of data that indicated The Boys season 2 had been the most-watched global launch of an Amazon original series ever, growing in audience by a considerable +89% since the first season, Amazon decided it’d be in their best interest to pre-emptively give an R-rated spin-off about superhero college the greenlight.
According to Variety, here’s what we’re in for:
The spin-off is set at America’s only college exclusively for young adult superheroes (or “supes”) that is run by Vought International. It is described as an irreverent, R-rated series that explores the lives of hormonal, competitive supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities. Part college show, part Hunger Games – with all the heart, satire, and raunch of The Boys.
The Boys writer and executive producer – Craig Rosenberg – will serve as showrunner as well as an executive producer once again for this spin-off. Rosenberg is currently in the process of penning the pilot script. Kripke, on the other hand, has also signed on as an executive producer, alongside Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver.
We’ll keep you updated on any developments vis-a-vis a hard release date for The Boys season 3.