Thin Lizzy once said “The boys are back in town” and fortunately that phrase couldn’t be more true. After the success of the first season of The Boys last year, it wasn’t soon before another was greenlit and it’s just around the corner.
The hyper-violent superhero show first aired in July of last year and received critical success while breathing new life into the already crowded genre. Based on the comic book series by Garth Ennis, The Boys fast became one of the most popular shows on the Amazon Prime streaming service. So it’s no surprise that we have a new season set for release in September with trailers and promotional clips already coming in.
From the looks of these new trailers and clips, this upcoming season will follow on directly from the first season, answering some big fan questions and deliver that dark humour which makes the show so great. In addition to the already villainous Seven, we will be getting to see some actual super villains so expect some awesome super on super action. Also from the trailer alone, it is clear that they are making the of this season’s increased budget with more ambitious set pieces, more gruesome practical effects (which I didn’t think was possible), and a larger cast.
Fan favourite characters like Karl Urban’s Billy Butcher and Antony Starr’s Homelander (less loved and more love to hate) are set to make a return alongside new characters like Aya Cash’s Neo-Nazi superhero Stormfront. While many superhero shows, and movies for that matter, do suffer from the issue of having too many characters let’s hope The Boys doesn’t suffer the same fate. If done right they should be able to flesh out their new characters in the same brilliant way as they have done in season one but don’t forget about developing the existing characters we have already grown attached to.
Like many direct to stream shows, the first season in its entirety was available to stream, or binge, all at once. However, for the second season, they are taking a new approach by only having the first three episodes available to stream from September 4th with the other five airing each week after. One of the likely reasons is to keep people involved in the Amazon Prime Video streaming service for longer.
The first season was a surprise for many with how high quality it was
The first season was a surprise for many with how high quality it was so it will certainly be difficult for season two to live up to fan expectations that are already through the roof. But the showrunners and cast seem more than up for the challenge of meeting those expectations.
For some, it seems like The Boys has slipped under the radar but with the next season not too far away it seems like no better time to get into it, especially if you’re a fan of superheroes.
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Last modified: 15th July 2020