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Blood, Guts and Sinister Superheroes: The Explosive Trailer for 'The Boys' Season Three Is Here

Prime Video's dark and diabolical take on caped crusaders returns in early June.
By Sarah Ward
May 17, 2022
By Sarah Ward
May 17, 2022

Back in 2019, when The Boys first hit streaming, suffers of superhero fatigue understandably rejoiced. Yes, it focuses on a group of caped crusaders just like seemingly every second blockbuster movie (and, these days, every third TV show or so as well). But, in a world where viewers have been conditioned to lap up narratives about powerful folks who are supposedly better than most, this series both satirises and questions that very idea.

Here, superheroes work for a corporation called Vought International. They're still the main form of entertainment, but they're real, the most famous celebrities there are and inescapable in daily life, too. The absolute top talent is known as The Seven; however, when the public isn't looking, most — especially leader Homelander (Antony Starr, Banshee) — are hardly role models.

That made quite the change from the usual cinematic universes, both in the Prime Video show's initial season and its 2020 second effort — all of which came to the small screen after being adapted from Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic book series of the same name. In fact, The Boys is one of the most entertaining caped crusader tales currently being made, as long as you're fond of a gleefully darker-than-dark tone, a pervasive bleakness that refuses to be shaken, plus oh-so-much blood, gore and guts.

All of the above is set to return in the series' third season, which starts hitting Prime Video on Friday, June 3 — with the first three episodes arriving at once, then the remaining five releasing week to week — and has also just dropped its full trailer. The charismatic but ridiculously sinister Homelander still isn't quite right, but the public keep showering him with love. And determined, no-nonsense Brit Billy Butcher (Karl Urban, Thor: Ragnarok) is still intent on bringing Vought, The Seven and especially Homelander down with his own ragtag team, aka The Boys of the title.

More evil superheroes, more crusading vigilantes, more of the complicated bond between The Boys' newcomer Hugh (Jack Quaid, Scream) and The Seven's Starlight (Erin Moriarty, Captain Fantastic), more dirty corporate shenanigans in an attempt to control the masses by lulling them into a false sense of caped crusader-fuelled security: that's all on the bill again as well, as the first sneak peek makes plain. That, and more exploding heads and laser eyes, with the latter gracing an unexpected character.

Also returning: Dominique McElligott (House of Cards), Jessie T Usher (The Banker), Laz Alonso (Wrath of Man), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Tomer Capone (One on One), Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad), Nathan Mitchell (Ginny & Georgia), Colby Minifie (I'm Thinking of Ending Things) and Claudia Doumit (Where'd You Go, Bernadette) — spanning the good, the bad and the in-between, from conflicted and egotistical supes to average folks downright sick of the sight of spandex.

And, as glimpsed in the trailer, Supernatural's Jensen Ackles joins the cast this time around.

Check out the trailer for The Boys season three below:

The third season of The Boys starts streaming via Prime Video from Friday, June 3.

Published on May 17, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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