Superheroes are the worst ... at least in The Boys season 3, which is currently filming new episodes. We're very curious what's next for The Seven and how the supe group will change in Amazon Prime Video's dark superhero drama. The Boys cast members are posting photos of themselves back to work, and one recently revealed season 3 will be three times as bloody as before (and we've already seen exploding heads!).
The Boys has been a hit since it premiered in 2019 and season 2 just made it more popular. There’s even a spinoff series in the works. The Boys season 3 received a renewal even before the second season premiered. Last summer, Kripke said in a statement, “Amazon, in a bold and historic push to expand their 'weirdo' demographic, has greenlit The Boys! The writers and I are hard at work in the (virtual) writer's room and we're sad to say, the world has given us way too much material.”
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Just what might that material entail? Fans are eager to find out and see what happens to Homelander (Antony Starr), Billy the Butcher (Karl Urban), Hughie (Jack Quaid), Starlight (Erin Moriarty) and others.
Here's everything we know so far about The Boys season 3.
The Boys season 3 latest news (updated May 4)
- Cast member Laz Alonso said in an interview that filming is one-fourth to halfway complete.
- Jensen Ackles has reportedly started filming his scenes as Soldier Boy
- New set photos suggest an Supes-based reality show is happening in the new episodes
- You won't recognize Supernatural's Jensen Ackles in his new look
The Boys season 3 release date
The Boys season 3 does not have a release date yet.
Filming has begun on the season, as evidence by several of the cast members posting photos on social media. In his post, Karl Urban mentioned the health precautions that are in place on set, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Season 1 took four months to film, while season 2 needed five months. Season 3 could very well require six or more months, since the pandemic makes productions a lot more complicated.
Cast member Laz Alonso told Collider in late April that filming is "between one-fourth of the way through and halfway through." That indicates filming on season 3 could last until the fall.
Once wrapped, post-production could last for months as The Boys is heavy on visual effects. The first two seasons premiered 10 months after filming concluded.
So, if The Boys season 3 filming finishes in September or October 2021, it's possible fans won't see the episodes until June 2022 or later.
The Boys season 3 trailer
And, yes, there is no trailer (yet) for The Boys season 3. Of course, a teaser previewing the plot could drop to reveal the release date, but it's too early for a full trailer, since the production is still under way.
If filming wraps in September, it's possible Amazon drops a teaser trailer at New York Comic-Con, which is taking place (in person) Oct. 7-10. Crossing our fingers!
The Boys season 3 cast
From the on-set photos above, we can deduce that Urban, Quaid and Moriarty will be back along with main cast members like Antony Starr as John/Homelander, Dominique McElligott as Maggie Shaw/Queen Maeve, Jessie T. Usher as Reggie Franklin/A-Train, Tomer Capon as Serge/Frenchie, Karen Fukuhara as Kimiko Miyashiro/The Female and more.
There will also be at least two new face when season 3 of The Boys premieres. The latest addition to the cast is Katia Winter (Dexter) as Little Nina, who has worked with Vought and used a version of Compound V to make new supes. Jensen Ackles of Supernatural fame is also set to appear in the series as Soldier Boy. This character has been referred to on the show in the past and has been described as "the original Superhero.”
The Boys season 3: Jensen Ackles' role
Supernatural star Jensen Ackles is arguably the biggest addition to The Boys season 3 cast, and he started filming for the season on the week of April 19. The above photo he shared (which we assume is tied to his character) teases that Soldier Boy may need a haircut.
The Soldier Boy character, as we learned from Mr. Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) in season 2, was one of the soldiers who was (apparently) a recipient of Compound V during World War II. But unlike Stormfront, Soldier Boy was fighting on the Allied side, as Frederick Vought had already switched sides.
Soldier Boy, it seems, would be a big riff on Captain America. Or at least that's how he was portrayed in the comic books. There, he led a group named Payback, the team that pre-dates The Seven. His group included Crimson Countess, Eagle the Archer, Tek Knight, Swatto and ... Stormfront.
In an interview with Collider, The Boys' Laz Alonso (who plays Mother's Milk) noted that the addition of Soldier Boy enables The Boys to make "all of the other ensemble Supes darker as well."
Ackles, fresh off of a 15-year stint leading Supernatural, jumped at the role, according to The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke. Specifically, "He texted me back in three minutes and said, 'I definitely want to do this!'" And Ackles was signed on in the next week.
The Boys season 3 set photos
The latest set photo from The Boys season 3 teases a reality show dubbed "American Hero," at play. The site Insauga shared a photo of a $50 million mansion in Mississauga, Ontario, with a billboard that says American Hero at the top.
Another leak shows that the "Dawn of The Seven" movie is finally hitting theaters.
More shots from the set of The Boys.🎥 A distant shot of Vought Studios aka the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. And a poster of Queen Maeve. Getting excited for Season 2? @WhatsFilmingON @TOFilming_EM @PrimeVideo pic.twitter.com/QIojtjksyaFebruary 25, 2021
Antony Starr has reported for duty and put on the Homelander boots, as evidenced by this tweet:
Five thirty am and we shootin ;) pic.twitter.com/k0Uziv4gRIFebruary 27, 2021
Eric Kripke posted the first photo from the set of The Boys season 3. It's not very revealing, though it is a bit titillating. The photo depicts a gold statue of Homelander and focuses on his, uh, package.
#TheBoys #Season3 #FirstPhoto #InProduction#TheBoysTV @TheBoysTV @PrimeVideo @SPTV #SPNFamily pic.twitter.com/S9aMSy5FF8February 24, 2021
The Boys season 3 trailer
If anyone's offering you a The Boys season 3 trailer? Do not trust that link, it's about as sketchy as a stash of Compound V from A-Train. We're so far from production of the series that anything on YouTube claiming to be a trailer of the new season is probably just a fan-made clip.
The Boys season 3 plot
Last fall's finale of The Boys ended with some stunning revelations about Stormfront (Aya Cash). She turned out to be a Nazi and the wife of Vought's founder.
Season 3 will continue to explore the origins of Vought as well as the Seven. As we noted above, Jensen Ackles has been cast as Soldier Boy. He was part of an original teamed called Payback, whose members included Stormfront, Eagle the Archer, Tek Knight, and Chrimson Countess
"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," Kripke told Entertainment Weekly. "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."
That "fraught position" is one where white supremacy and violence still exist and people continue to try to fight back — and it's become even more fraught since Kripke discussed it in October.
"Certain politicians like to pitch this somehow idyllic ‘good old days’ where everything was perfect and calm. That is complete and utter bulls---," Kripke said. "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."
One thing we can definitely expect from The Boys season 3? There will be blood.
Laz Alonso, who plays Mother's Milk, told Collider that this may be the most violent season yet — and that's really saying something.
"I was talking to the head makeup artist and she's in charge of ordering the blood — that's one of her many jobs," he explained. "She told me that all of Season 2... When you talk about bulk, I don't think they used over a gallon of blood in Season 2, believe it or not. Season 3, we're already at three and a half gallons of blood. So that should give you a little indication of where it's going."
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