Heroes’ Welcome: An Introduction to “The Boys” Cast and Crew
“We’re always looking to do something new, don’t want to be repetitive,” says The Boys Executive Producer Seth Rogen of the marching orders for the acclaimed Prime Video superhero satire series. “I think the stakes and danger of the show and the fun of the show is you have never been able to show what these powers would do in a truly unfiltered way. And the result is horrific.”
In Season 3 of The Boys, the result is off the charts as the battle between the deranged but adored Homelander (Antony Starr), super team The Seven and Butcher (Karl Urban), Hughie (Jack Quaid), and their band of renegades, The Boys, goes to startling new highs and lows. Having debuted on Prime Video June 3, 2022, the eight-episode third season saw the tentacles of the Vought Corporation finally reach close to the highest office in the land, as deep divisions erupt and a super soldier blast from the past proves a game changer—as you can see in the video below, the first in our four-part series going behind the scenes on Season 3 of The Boys.
“We try to play this thought experiment of what's the most realistic version of that particular thing in a world where superheroes would exist?” explains Executive Producer, Showrunner, and Writer Eric Kripke of the reality anchor holding everything together in the drama based on the comics from Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. “How do we ground it into a thing that would probably really happen considering our real world psychology and politics?” Kripke adds. “That has generally been the only real barometer we’ve ever used.”
From the supersuits, and the high-wire stunts, to the resurrection of the O.G. supe Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles) and the narrative arch of the ensemble show, this third season not only turned the spotlight on the schisms in society, but among The Boys themselves and the supes of The Seven.
“You know, she’s been tiptoeing around Homelander the entire time and playing nice with him, even to the extent that they’re in a public relationship,” declares Erin Moriarty, who portrays disillusioned The Seven member Starlight/Annie January in The Boys. “She’s doing it because she earnestly believes that by cooperating, she's going to be able to infiltrate and change the system,” the core cast member says.
“I think that she becomes aware that just being okay with the system and not disrupting the system is fueling his misogyny, the state’s misogyny,” Moriarty says of Homelander’s toxic leadership, hypocritical public persona, and Starlight’s evolution. “And I think that you might think that one person’s action can’t make an impact, but she becomes abundantly aware of her own impact just by straying from the system.”