The pun is unavoidable. There’s no way of talking about the fact that The Boys – Amazon’s spandex-clad superhero satire – has entered production on its third season without getting all Thin Lizzy. But it’s true: The Boys are back in town. A few months after the final episode of Season 2 arrived, the gang is heading back in front of the camera to film the next run of Eric Kripke’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic book series – and we have pics to prove it.
While the official Prime Video account showed Laz Alonso, Karl Urban, Anthony Starr, and Quaid all masked up and flying out to the shoot.
Oh, and Starr also shared a selfie on his Instagram, showing that his blonde Homelander locks are back in business.
For those who haven’t caught up on the first two seasons yet, The Boys takes place in a world where superheroes exist – but, they’re mostly terrible people, hopped up on fame, greed, power, and (in the case of Superman-alike Homelander) psychopathy. And with their actions going unchecked, foul-mouthed cockney geezer Billy Butcher and his ‘Boys’ are on a vendetta to bring them down. It’s a properly smart, funny, and wild satire that doesn’t hold back on the super-sex and shocking violence, but has a sweet side too, largely thanks to Quaid’s grieving Hughie, the latest addition to Butcher’s Boys, and his budding romance with Moriarty’s wholesome hero Starlight. If it takes aim at superhero and celebrity culture (super-group ‘The Seven’ is a very thinly-veiled Justice League analogue), the second season in particular also leant into the recent rise of the alt-right, the repackaging of Nazi ideologies on social media, and the racism underpinning Western society without pulling its punches.
As for Season 3, there’s sure to be more from Claudia Doumit’s congresswoman Victoria Neuman who was – SPOILER WARNING – revealed at the end of Season 2 as the head-exploding assassin, while Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles has joined the cast as World War II superhero Soldier Boy, who sounds to be a riff on Captain America. The Season 3 shoot is expected to run through to September – so while there’s a chance we might see something by the end of 2021, it’s perhaps more likely we’ll see new episodes next year.