Those who are devoted followers of the war between the super-powered and the powerless, have no fear. As executive producer Seth Rogen announced during July 2020’s Comic-Con: At Home, The Boys Season 3 became a reality once Amazon Prime issued a renewal order, even before the September premiere of its sophomore run. Speaking of which, much like our reactions to its explosive Season 2 finale, we still have a few questions regarding the mega-popular TV series’ future and, luckily, a few answers.
The small screen adaptation (but of big screen quality, nonetheless) of comic book writer Garth Ennis’ gritty socioeconomic satire crossed with parody of superhero culture last left us, initially, feeling kind of bittersweet about the paths that both our titular, human vigilantes and the shady costumed “avengers” of The Seven seemed to be taking. The Boys seem to have victoriously disbanded and gone onto more fulfilling destinies, despite the loss of Billy Butcher’s wife in the process, while most of The Seven (sans The Deep and Stormfront, who really got “burned”) have regrouped with Homelander back under Vought’s control. Of course, the finale was sure tease that the sociopathic supe’s bad behavior is surely far from over and another threat from a most unlikely source seems to be on the horizon.
The Boys has cemented itself as one of those shows that really knows how to keep the pot boiling with one clever, daring plot twist after another - with much credit to its source material, of course. In fact, taking a peak at the Dynamite Entertainment comic book series (formerly under DC’s Wildstorm print) can help give us insight into what we have to expect from the upcoming third season, among other details from behind the scenes. The following is full breakdown of all the confirmed details about the Amazon Prime original’s return, beginning with when exactly that will be.
The Boys Season 3 Premiere Date?
The official premiere date of The Boys’ third season is not something we know for sure at the moment. Despite what some fans might have hoped for, a 2021 release does not appear very promising, especially after the series became one of the many projects whose production schedule was affected by the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020. Thus, until we receive a confirmed date on which Season 3 will be available for Amazon Prime Video subscribers (and shameless moochers) to stream, an early 2022 release may be what we can most likely look forward to, considering how recently the show went back into production.
Production On The Boys Season 3
After initial projections that shooting would commence in January 2021 or in the following February, the latter proved correct as The Boys’ third season is now in production in Toronto as of Tuesday, February 16. The exciting news also comes after series star Jack Quaid teased his return to something that “rhymes with Buh Toys Teason Shree” in a selfie posted to Instagram in January of the actor on a plane wearing a T-Shirt bearing Gene Wilder’s Young Frankenstein character and a protective face mask. This reflects the shoot’s “highly tested, PPE, zone controlled, socially distanced” set, as promised by co-star Karl Urban in his own similar Instagram post from later that month.
The Boys Season 3 Plot
Now, this is something that we can speak a little more in-depth about, but, admittedly, with only so many details - most of which are based on the cast’s comments over how Season 2 left things off and a few teases from showrunner Eric Kripke. For instance, the EP tweeted a photo of the Season 3 premiere script, bearing the title “Payback,” which is something a few certain characters must be craving in light of recent events, which I will elaborate on soon.
Eric Kripke also took to Twitter to announce that he has taken fans’ dares to adapt a risqué miniseries spin-off from The Boys comic called Herogasm, in which supes engage in a corporate-sponsored orgy on a remote island, for Season 3’s sixth episode. He has also mentioned how much material our own reality has provided as of recently, meaning we may be able to expect a little Boys-style pandemic-related political satire, which could also be quite fitting for the next season’s confirmed, and supposed, antagonists.
The Boys Season 3 Villains
For however long The Boys lasts, I think we can rely on Homelander’s extreme power and extreme insanity to keep us in fear, even with Queen Maeve’s blackmailing scheme. However, the Seven leader’s reputation as the series’ most hateful character was challenged in Season 2 by Aya Cash’s Nazi supe Stormfront, whom some have speculated may be still be alive even after she was cooked by Homelander’s biological son, Ryan (Cameron Crovetti), and his rage-induced heat vision.
More likely than Stormfront’s survival, however, is the possibility that The Boys will find a new, unexpected enemy in Congresswoman Victoria Neuman, whom last season’s finale revealed to be the head-exploding supe, but not necessarily if her loyalty lies with Vought or a personal, potentially insidious agenda. Yet we can guarantee that nothing but trouble will come from Season 3’s introduction of Soldier Boy - a supe with ties to Vought’s darker, untold history who will be played by Jensen Ackles, the only new confirmed cast member among the other returning players.
The Boys Season 3 Cast
Let's take a closer look at who we expect to see in Season 3 of The Boys...
Karl Urban (Billy Butcher)
Season 2 saw Billy Butcher seem to initiate a truce with Homelander and his own anti-supe agenda by ensuring Ryan was put into safe hands after the boy accidentally killed his mother, and Billy’s wife, Becca (Shantel VanSanten). Yet, some speculate The Boys’ leader, played by New Zealand-born comic book adaptation veteran Karl Urban, could become consumed by his demons again if the character’s murderous evolution in the comics becomes part of his return in Season 3.
Jack Quaid (Hughie Campbell)
It seems that The Boys’ meekest recruit (former Hunger Games star Jack Quaid) was finally getting what he wants by the end of Season 2. We shall see how things go with Hughie’s assumedly less violent method to stand against Vought by taking a job with Congresswoman Victoria Neuman and his recently reignited romance with The Seven’s youngest member.
Erin Moriarty (Annie January/Starlight)
The superhero better known as Starlight (Jessica Jones star Erin Moriarty) certainly made progress in her defiance of Vought’s demeaning control, with help from The Boys, most notably for exposing the existence of the superhuman hormone Compound V. However, as we will likely see more of in Season 3, it has also created friction among her Seven teammates, including its ruthless leader.
Antony Starr (Homelander)
The world’s most famous (and dangerously self-serving) supe, admittedly, has reason to be pissed after losing his unholy union with Stormfront and any chance of a relationship with his son. We can only imagine what chaos the vengeful Homelander plans to bring when fellow New Zealander Antony Starr returns to the role, unless his teammate’s blackmailing scheme proves successful.
Dominique McElligott (Queen Maeve)
Said blackmailing scheme (threatening to expose Homelander’s willful ignorance of a plane full of helpless passengers) was a much-needed victory for Queen Maeve (Irish actress Dominique McElligott) after much of his (and Vought’s) torment. Of course, The Seven’s own Wonder Woman was a reluctant accomplice to that tragedy, so she still has some room for redemption in Season 3.
Laz Alonso (Mother’s Milk)
I actually think the long-awaited reunion of Marvin “Mother’s” Milk and his family was the most satisfying character resolution of The Boys’ second season. That being said, I am already anticipating a heartbreaking cause for Laz Alonso’s character to be called back into action and if it involves the return of the hilariously NSFW supe known as Love Sausage, whom he had a “traumatic” encounter with in Season 2.
Tomer Kapon (Frenchie)
We got a closer look into the past of tactician Frenchie (Israeli actor Tomer Kapon) in Season 2, such as the failed heist that actually got him recruited into The Boys’ original line-up. There is still plenty we may have the chance learn about him in Season 3, though, such as if his use of Compound V in the comics will play a role.
Karen Fukuhara (Kimiko)
While she says even less on The Boys than she did as Katana in Suicide Squad, I would still call Kimiko Karen Fukuhara’s most fascinating and badass comic book character role to date. I suspect that we may also learn more about the mute supe with a tragic past’s origin on Season 3 and witness her relationship with Frenchie strengthen as she finally teaches him how to communicate with her.
Jessie T. Usher (A-Train)
While I would not necessarily call A-Train’s arc in Season 2 “redemptive,” he managed to earn my sympathies and a shred of respect for helping The Boys take down Stormfront by exposing her Nazism. While the assist was mostly for personal gain, I will be on the lookout for the maturation Jessie T. Usher’s recently reinstated speedy Seven member in Season 3 and, perhaps, even forgiveness from Hughie for obliterating his girlfriend.
Chace Crawford (The Deep)
You almost cannot help but feel pity for The Deep after all the hilariously misguided steps he has taken to earn his place among The Seven again after his exile for Starlight’s sexual assault charge against him. Chace Crawford’s aquatic supe is one I would actually hope to see properly redeemed in Season 3 because right now he just seems lost, swimming up the wrong creek at every turn.
Nathan Mitchell (Black Noir)
I do, however, see little chance of redemption for Black Noir in The Boys Season 3, not necessarily because of the severity of his evil actions, but because of the vegetative state Queen Maeve put him in after triggering his tree nut allergy by force-fielding him an Almond Joy. This betrayal also allowed us to catch a glimpse of Nathan Mitchell’s face underneath his helmet, ruling out the possibility of a twist from the comics that reveals the deadly Seven member is actually a clone of Homelander.
Claudia Doumit (Victoria Neuman)
Speaking of twists, Congresswoman Victoria Neuman was the face of, arguably, the greatest twist of the The Boys’ second season: she was the supe telepathically blowing people’s heads up, as previously mentioned. Since Claudia Doumit has since been made a regular cast member, we can be sure to see where that reveal will take her in Season 3.
Colby Minifie (Ashley Barrett)
Also earning series regular status on The Boys is Colby Minifie, whose role as Ashley Barret was greatly expanded on in Season 2 as she was promoted from Vought’s Director of Talent Relations to Senior Vice President of Hero Management, succeeding Madelyn Stillwell (Elizabeth Shue) after her death. She really made an effort to earn her position by going above and beyond for The Seven despite a constant, unflinching stream of debilitating threats to their image which seems to be less of a priority in Season 3… for now.
Jensen Ackles (Soldier Boy)
Someone who could likely become the next greatest threat to The Seven’s image is Soldier Boy, who is described in The Boys comic as the world’s first supe and was tight with Stormfront when she was still known as Liberty. As mentioned earlier, the villainous character is the first major TV role for Jensen Ackles after the 2020 finale of Supernatural, which was also created by The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke.
The Boys Is Also Getting A Spin-Off
Just when you thought that there could not be more for a fan of The Boys to look forward to than a third season comes the announcement of an entirely new show set in the same universe. The spin-off series, written by producer Craig Rosenberg, was already put on the development fast-track by Amazon shortly after Season 2’s September 2020 premiere and is said to be a prequel following students at a university for young supes-in-training run by none other than Vought International.
Here, I thought the superheroes on The Boys were crazy enough as full-grown adults, but I can only imagine the chaos they will cause as college kids. We at CinemaBlend will be sure to keep you updated on the details of that fascinating new series from the Vought Universe and the hit series that first inspired it, but in the meantime, how do you like the idea of spin-off?