Amazon Prime’s The Boys takes a dark, unsympathetic look at superheroes and how unpowered folk can smack them around a little. They’re starting filming on The Boys Season 2, and the picture shared by series creator Eric Kripke promises plenty of messes ahead. One of the most revolutionary things about The Boys is not so much its take on superheroes. We’ve been deconstructing them since The Watchmen hit shelves in 1985. Rather, The Boys features captivating violence and a kind of artful body horror. When the superheroes unleash their full might on us powerless meatsacks, we see cinematic disinterations, slow-motion explosions, and the expression on a dolphin’s face before it meets a tragic end. (Comic book stories, right?) More than once, our “heroes” find themselves covered in the blood and viscera of some poor victim of powerful carelessness or, worse, malice.
Starting Filming on The Boys Season 2 Covers Hughie In Blood. Again.
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Jack Quaid’s Hughie gets the worst of this treatment in the first season. First, the careless speedster A-Train drenches Hughie in the blood of his girlfriend. Then, Hughie quasi-accidentally blows up Translucent, an invisible hero with diamond-hard skin. Needless to say, he wears quite the spatter pattern at the end of the scene. And starting filming on The Boys season 2 seems to continue that trend. Only, this time, Hughie’s not alone in the mess. Laz Alonzo’s Mother’s Milk, Tomer Capon’s Frenchie, and Karen Fukuhara’s the Female all got caught in the blast. The real question on fans’ minds, however, is whose blood is all over them?
The Boys Season 2: What to Expect (and When to Expect It)
Even though Amazon renewed the show for a second season before the first even aired, even flagship series aren’t safe in the streaming wars. Netflix just canceled their sci-fi darling The OA, even though fans hope against hope that it’s all part of some meta marketing campaign. The Boys Season 2 will be expensive and starting filming this quickly means that Amazon wants its product soon. Still, new episodes probably won’t premiere for a year, especially if they want to take advantage of another Comic-Con. Yet, unlike network shows, streaming outlets need not adhere to those traditions. So, a new season might premiere earlier, if they get it done sooner. The more content they can get the more quickly, the better.
The show somewhat followed The Boys comic during the first season, though they made some major changes. The final twist of the last season, however, changed the story entirely. Still, we can expect the Homelander to probably follow his comics’ character’s story somewhat. He is the most powerful being on Earth, and he’s about to make the humans, the military, and the world, recognize that. In the books, other countries had plenty of superheroes. Yet, we’ve only seen American heroes. Hopefully starting filming The Boys Season 2 means that we’ll get some sneak peeks at superpowered militants, terrorists, and freedom fighters from other nations.
What do you hope to see in The Boys Season 2?
Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.