Amazon Prime Video’s hit superhero parody The Boys is going from strength to strength – and production on the third series is ongoing in Canada as we speak.
We can expect the third run to continue where the second left off, with Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) and his ragtag gang continuing to fight their war against corrupt “supes” – with Homelander remaining at large up until now.
The next series will also see the arrival of some fresh faces, with the show announcing in March that Dexter and Sleepy Hollow star Katia Winter would be joining the cast, playing Russian mob boss Little Nina, who will be well-known to any fans of the original comic books.
Winter joins Supernatural star Jensen Ackles, who was confirmed to be playing wartime superhero Soldier Boy last year, billed as Vought’s “Homelander before Homelander”.
Showrunner Eric Kripke said: “It really gives us an opportunity to not just get into new corners of the story in the present day, but to really explore the past of Vought in the last 60 to 70 years and how they became who they became.”
Meanwhile, The Boys universe is expanding, with a spin-off series currently in the works that will focus on an American college for young adult superheroes – and there’s some exciting casting news on that front as well.
The Flash star Reina Hardesty has been cast in a lead role, reportedly playing a young superhero in the show, and she recently took to Instagram to declare that she was “beyond excited and grateful” to be starring.
Check out everything we know about The Boys season three, including cast, production details and more below.
The Boys season 3 release date
There’s no confirmed release date for The Boys season three just yet, but with filming now underway fans may hope they don’t have to wait too long to see what’s next for our favourite cape-bashers.
Series star Karl Urban himself shared an image of himself to Instagram as he left “COVID-free” New Zealand and jetted over to Toronto, Canada, where shooting is now taking place.
He assured fans that the production will be carried out in “a highly tested, PPE, zone controlled, [and] socially distanced way”.
Filming officially began on 24th February, with many of the cast sharing their excitement on Instagram.
Karl Urban also shared a snap of him in full costume as The Boys’ foul-mouthed leader Billy Butcher.
Filming is due to take place until August 2021 and, if the second season is anything to go by, there will also be an extensive post-production process to polish off the visual effects.
Therefore, the earliest that RadioTimes.com predicts we will see The Boys season three on Amazon Prime Video is Summer 2022.
The Boys season 3 cast
A big signing for season three is Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles, who’ll be playing a Captain America-like superhero for the new episodes.
“When I was a child, I had a crazy, impossible dream — to provide Jensen Ackles with gainful employment,” showrunner Eric Kripke, who previously worked with Ackles on Supernatural, said in a statement.
“I’m happy to say that dream has come true. Jensen is an amazing actor, an even better person, smells like warm chocolate chip cookies, and I consider him a brother.”
Kripke continued: “As Soldier Boy, the very first superhero, he’ll bring so much humour, pathos, and danger to the role. I can’t wait to be on set with him again, and bring a bit of Supernatural to The Boys.”
It’s a Supernatural reunion all round – as well as Jensen Ackles, a number of writers and producers from the hit fantasy show will be joining The Boys Season three, including executive producer Meredith Glynn, writer David Reed, and co-executive producer Jim Michaels.
There have also been rumours that The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan could make an appearance, but apparently this could depend on ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
“We’ve been texting back and forth about trying to figure it out,” Kripke told RadioTimes.com and other press.
“I will caution everybody that COVID could really screw that up, because he is a regular on another show.
“He is on The Walking Dead, so he could only come up for a couple of days. And if there’s still a two-week quarantine between Canada and the United States, that renders that impossible.
“So, of the many things COVID is screwing up in this world, a Jeffrey Dean Morgan role might be one of them. But if the quarantine is removed and a couple of things break our way, then yeah, we’ll try to figure it out.”
Returning cast will include Karl Urban (Billy Butcher), Jack Quaid (Hughie), Tomer Kapon (Frenchie) Erin Moriarty (Starlight), Antony Starr (Homelander), Chace Crawford (The Deep), Dominique McElligott (Queen Maeve), Laz Alonso (Mother’s Milk), Jessie T Usher (A-Train), Karen Fukuhara (Kimiko) and Giancarlo Esposito (Stan Edgar) among others.
McElligott discussed Queen Maeve’s season two arc in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: “I think it’s really encouraging her to take action and there’s no going back now. I think for Maeve, because Homelander is such a threat, there’s no going back. She’s dealing with a narcissistic sociopath, so good luck to her. I have no idea what’s going to happen.”
Recurring stars Claudia Doumit (who plays shock baddie Congresswoman Neuman in season two) and Colby Minifie (who plays publicist Ashley Barrett) have both been promoted to series regulars for new episodes, suggesting that both these figures will have big storylines going forward.
Meanwhile, Katia Winter (Dexter) has been cast as Russian mob boss Little Nina, who will be involved in the creation of even more “supes” using an inferior recreation of the potent Compound V.
Following the shock conclusion of season two, however, it’s unclear if Aya Cash’s Stormfront or Cameron Crovetti’s Ryan will return. It’s not looking promising for fans of sadistic supervillain Stormfront in particular, with Cash telling Entertainment Weekly: “I’m not there now.
“I’m on a new Fox show now called This Country. My contract for The Boys was only for a year so, who knows? Maybe they can CGI my face in.”
However this is The Boys after all, so all bets are off when it comes to conventional character exits. Showrunner Eric Kripke also told EW: “She’s not dead. She’s just a stump. Among the writers and talking with Aya, we’re like, ‘Well, what is going to happen to Stumpfront?’ So we’ll see.”
The Boys season 3 trailer
Seriously? They’ve only just started filming. A little patience, please.
With that said, watch this space for any and all teasers when they are released.
The Boys season 3 spoilers
Some clues from the season two finale could give us a hint about where The Boys’ story will go next, with Hughie joining the campaign of mysterious congresswoman Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit) after her true colours were revealed in the most recent episode.
“Similarly, there is a corrupt politician in the books named Vic Neuman. And through him, they kind of dig into some of the seedier sides of politics,” Kripke told Collider.
“And although we have a very different character, I think we’re signalling that we also have a corrupt politician who is going to lead us into some of the seedier sides of politics as the show proceeds.”
The series is also set to explore the past of evil corporation Vought through the lens of Jensen Ackles’ Soldier Boy and his superhero team Payback, a riff on the Avengers (hence the name).
“One of the things I love most about the world in [The Boys] comic books isn’t just how fleshed out it is, but the history of it. It goes back 60, 70 years and it’s just as fleshed out as it is today,” Kripke told EW.
“One of the reasons that we’re getting into Soldier Boy [in season 3] and that team, Payback, is we’re interested in exploring a little bit of how we got here. Through the history of the supes, we can tell a little bit about the history of America and how we ended up in the current fraught position that we’re in. Soldier Boy gives us an opportunity to do that.
“Certain politicians like to pitch this somehow idyllic ‘good old days’ where everything was perfect and calm. That is complete and utter bulls—. It was never that way. So, by exploring the history of Vought in the history of America, we get to make some of those points. There was never an America when they say ‘Make America Great Again.’ It was always a struggle. That’s the point. It’s a struggle to make things better.”
Elsewhere, Antony Starr’s Homelander is less stable than ever while Butcher has been recruited to join an official hero-monitoring team backed by the CIA, adding new legitimacy to his violent crusade.
“There are two words that Eric has said to me about Season 3,” Starr told Collider. “His description for Homelander Season three was, ‘Two words, homicidal maniac.’ That’s all I know.”
The first photo released of season three was a statue of the iconic supervillain, which Homelander would be glad to know focuses on a, um, certain area.
Starr continued to tell Collider: “I just feel like his identity is so bizarrely and dysfunctionally twisted up in the corporate identity of Homelander. He wouldn’t know who he is without that costume, without that flag, and without that public persona and identity.
“It’s a form of skin to him. I don’t know what he would wear. I’ve been asked, ‘Will he ever take the suit off?,’ and I’m like, ‘Well, you tell me what he would wear because I can’t imagine Homelander in civilian clothes. I really can’t.'”
And Kripke has also suggested that season three may be inspired by the coronavirus pandemic, albeit indirectly.
“I can tell you that season three, without being specifically about COVID, we’re having a lot of conversation about government response to COVID here in the States,” he told us.
“And my guess is you’ll see that metaphorically show up one way or another in season three.
“It’s a fortunate opportunity for me to have a show where I can talk about the world and I have a place to put all my frustration.”
And generally speaking, Kripke says fans should expect the show to go even bigger and more outrageous for season three – and after seeing the “Love Sausage” in season two, that’s already hard to picture.
“Is there anything we won’t touch? No, no,” he said.
“Amazon, to their credit, has given us a lot of rope to hang ourselves with and we have every intention of taking it as far as we can.”
We can hardly wait to see how far they’ll go – though we already know that the third season will tackle the Herogasm storyline, which involves an alien invasion being used as a front for a wild orgy. Seriously.
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