Amazon Prime’s awesome new superhero show The Boys is getting a second season. An incredibly subversive and gritty superhero series that redefines gritty superheroes was the first comic book hit for the streamer. The Boys season 2 release date, a new teaser, and a whole lot more hit the internet yesterday. During a live-streaming Q&A event starring the entire cast, hosted by Patton Oswalt, there was a ton of information that came out. While at the same time, in true The Boys style, the entire cast also did shots.
The Boys Season 1 Was Brilliantly Disturbing
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The graphic novel series The Boys, from Garth Ennis was an Amazon Prime original series that became a massive sensation. While we have stories from the DCEU or Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy that are supposedly ‘gritty’, The Boys sort of redefined what any of that even meant. The Boys features a story about a world full of superheroes, all trying to become rich and famous. So much so that heroes are also sponsored by cities or corporations. The biggest group being The Seven, the world’s largest corporate sponsored superheroes. Season 1 deals with the corrupt ways that The Seven try to get approval to join the military.
Season 1 of The Boys also deals with a conspiracy of how exactly the superheroes, or Supes, get their superpowers. The show begins with an errant superhero killing an innocent bystander. Afterwards, the victim’s boyfriend, Hughie (Jack Quaid), takes matters into his own hands. A rough and tumble man known as Butcher (Karl Urban) recruits Hughie into his anti-superhero group with their own personal agenda against the Supes. Eventually Hughie realizes he is in over his head as he has to take on the world’s most powerful individuals, while falling in love again.
The Boys Season 2 Release Date Revealed In New Live Stream
Recently Patton Oswalt, superfan and guest of season 2 of The Boys hosted a live-stream event with the entire cast of The Boys. The event featured a get-together of the cast and showrunner Eric Kripke, as they answered fan and interview questions. The cast and Kripke had a lot of fun at each other’s expense, while also discussing the challenges with the graphic nature of the show itself. The stream began with an informal recap by the cast of season 1, followed by an official recap.
The biggest takeaway of the event was the reveal of The Boys season 2 release date which will be on September 4. Along with it was the unique release strategy of season 2, which is definitely different from season 1. The entire season 1 of The Boys premiered on Amazon Prime Video for fans to binge all at once. But season 2 will release the first three episodes, on September 4, followed by the rest on a weekly basis. During the event, showrunner Kripke explained the reason behind this unique release strategy.
“We cannot WAIT to show you season two. It’s crazier, stranger, more intense, more emotional. In fact, it’s too much — so the Surgeon General** has insisted we air the first three episodes on September 4, then air the remaining five episodes weekly after that. We wanted to give you time to freak out, digest, discuss, come down from the high before we give you another dose. We only have your well-being in mind. Hope you love the season as much as we do.
**No, he didn’t.”
The First Official Clip Of The Boys Season 2
Along with all the fun that was had during the live-stream, there was also the first official clip from season 2 of The Boys. The clip was first a tweet by The Boys‘ official Twitter account. It played out like an actual Instagram or social media live-video taken by the newest member of The Seven in season 2, directly from the perspective of her phone camera. The official clip shows the same footage but edited together with third party perspective shots of the actors reacting to the social media recording. It’s a very meta clip that shows The Seven’s newest member, Stormfront (Aya Cash), meeting the antagonist Homelander (Anthony Starr) and Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligot) for the first time, announcing her joining the team. And things don’t really go too well.
It’s actually kind of brilliant because of the world of The Boys comments on the hero-worship of superheroes in general. Envisioning what a world would look like with larger than life superheroes as the norm would obviously mirror a lot of the real world that we know today. And with social media a huge part of that world, the clip is incredibly smart and a great look at the new status quo of the characters within the show. While it’s still not an official trailer, it’s a great first look into some of the tension and conflict that The Boys season 2 will have to deal with. But let’s still make with the official season 2 trailer though, eh Kripke?
First Three Minutes Of The Boys Season 2 Also Released
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But in lieu of a season 2 trailer, Kripke offers fans the next best thing. The first three minutes of The Boys season 2 was unveiled during the live-stream. The clip is found at the end of video. The first scene begins in the same hall of superheroes that we saw The Seven hold meetings in season 1. Featuring Giancarlo Esposito, the scene looks like a negotiation of The Seven being part of the military. In between that scene, is another that shows the superhero Black Noir infiltrating a Syrian base with the terrorist super villain shown in season 1. It’s an incredible opening to the season that features the same level of gore, brutality, dark humour and foreboding tension that made season 1 such a huge success.
The Boys Season 2 releases on September 4 on Amazon Prime Video.
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