‘The Boys’ Season 3: Series Will Feature Sexually Explicit Comics Story
The Boys has risen to the top of the mountain for Amazon Prime Video, becoming one of, if not the most popular original series on the platform. That kind of popularity brings with it a lot of fan speculation about where the story will go in the future.
This speculation might have been simple since the series is based on a comic series, written by Garth Ennis and published by Dynamite Entertainment, which ran from 2006-2012. However, as the show itself has demonstrated, it isn’t afraid to change-up or outright ignore the story from its source material. However, fans can be assured that at least one particularly salacious storyline will make it to the screen.
[Spoiler and content alert: vague spoilers for ‘The Boys’ season 3 ahead, plus some rude language, naturally.]
‘The Boys’ is preparing to shoot its third season
Eric Kripke, showrunner for The Boys, took to Twitter on Wednesday, Jan. 17, to reveal that the series will be tackling one of the most sexually explicit storylines from the comics. The tweet showed a script cover for Season 3, Episode 6, titled, “Herogasm.” According to the page, it was written by Jessica Chou, who previously served as a staff writer on the Netflix series, Wu Assassins.
“Herogasm” was the name of a six-issue spinoff from the main series that was published in 2009. It told the story of the Boys infiltrating the titular Supe event, which takes place on a private island and is presented to the public as a tournament. In truth, the event is actually a massive, raunchy superhero party, replete with plenty of sex and drugs.
Amazon’s The Boys has, so far, mostly stuck to violence in its quest to shock and subvert the superhero myth. While bits of Season 1 touched on the rampant sexual appetites of superheroes, an adaptation of “Herogasm” would almost certainly be the show’s biggest step in that direction yet.
Season 3 was taking shape before Season 2 released
Amazon renewed The Boys for a third season before Season 2 premiered last September, as reported by Deadline. That’s the kind of long-term security a series can expect when it’s a streaming service’s flagship offering.
Kripke confirmed around the same time the Jensen Ackles had been cast in Season 3, as reported by TV Line. He will play Soldier Boy, a WWII-era soldier who is believed to be the first-ever superhero, likely indicating that Season 3 will involve some big flashbacks. Ackles is best known for playing Dean Winchester on the CW’s massively popular series, Supernatural, which Kripke also created.
The first episode of Season 3 is also confirmed to be “Payback.” This is potentially in reference to a superhero team of the same name from the comics. Just as the Seven is an obvious satirical take on the Justice League, Payback is inspired by the Avengers. Their appearance in the show is further supported by the fact that Soldier Boy is often presented as the leader of the group.