Based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys follows a group of dysfunctional humans who reluctantly team up to fight corrupt and immoral superpowers. Since its premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2019, The Boys adaptation has received a lot of attention and has become one of the hottest new dramas.
Season 3 of The Boys has finished filming, and while no release date has been set, Kripke has given fans a little glimpse into what to expect when the Prime Video sensation returns. The showrunner claimed that season 3 of The Boys was a “mediation in toxic masculinity” in an extract from TV Guide Magazine’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Special Collector’s Issue (via TV Insider).
The boys already have characters with tendencies towards toxic masculinity
There are many characters in The Boys who have toxic masculinity tendencies. Butcher and Homelander are two of the most recognizable characters, with their brazen and boastful actions putting their respective squads at risk multiple times. Even a secondary character like A-Train has his moments, putting up a brave front and trying to look like his normal self despite nagging ailments and emotional issues. Such has often been the case with the Emmy-nominated drama, which has strived to convey nuance to even the most obnoxious of characters.
This will continue in season 3
That trend is expected to continue in Season 3 of The Boys, which will star Supernatural alum Jensen Ackles as Soldier Boy. Laurie Holden as Crimson Countess and Nick Wechsler as Blue Hawk are among the newcomers to the cast.
Of course, the return of the Prime Video show includes the much-discussed Herogasm episode, in addition to these new additions. Kripke and his team of writers have hinted at how the episode may scare viewers in the past. The team behind The Boys seem to dedicate their startling story and strong ensemble to exploring the highly contemporary theme of toxic masculinity and its position in society in the upcoming season, and it’s bound to give viewers plenty of food for thought.