While streaming has been a boon for television content that does not fit the format of traditional cable programming, one disadvantage is that streaming platforms are notorious for shutting down hugely popular shows for seemingly no reason at all. Fans of Amazon Prime's subversive superhero show The Boys need not fear such an event, at least for now, as Antony Starr, who plays Homelander on the show, recently asserted that they have a good few seasons worth of storytelling left to get through.
"The length of the run needs to be dictated by the strength of the story and the qualities of the stories that they can come up with. I think inevitably, shows - if you've got your ear to the ground - you can sense when the train's coming and you need to get off the tracks. Hopefully we won't outstay our welcome and we'll go out when the time is right, when we're in a good place. I think everyone's astute enough to make that call. That said, I think we've got a good few seasons in us yet. I think we've got a great cast of characters and a really interesting premise, and I think like you said, we can really go anywhere with this. I think it's a pretty healthy show and I think there's a good life for it coming up."
The Boys tells the story of a world where superheroes exist, but they are far from the paragons of virtue that you see in comics. Instead, the Seven, a group of uber-powerful heroes, are secretly a bunch of amoral hedonists who see humanity as mere tools for their amusement.
Starr's character of the Homelander in particular, despite being a cross between Superman and Captain America and leader of the Seven, has increasingly shown himself to be an unstable, immature, genocidal tyrant with few redeeming qualities. In a previous interview, Starr had hinted that Homelander's downward spiral was only going to get more intense in the upcoming Season 3.
"There are two words that [showrunner] Eric [Kripke] has said to me about Season 3. His description for Homelander Season 3 was, 'Two words, homicidal maniac.' That's all I know. I'm actually looking forward to seeing Homelander off the leash. It'll be really fun, just seeing him go unhinged and exact revenge. If you look at the end of Season 2, some people should be more scared than others, for sure. William Butcher should always have an alarm bell ringing in his head, and I think some other people have firmly put themselves in the line of fire for Season 3. It should be a lot of fun."
Amazon Studios' The Boys stars Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, Jack Quaid as Hughie, Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk, Tomer Kapon as Frenchie, Karen Fukuhara as Kimiko, Erin Moriarty as Annie January, Chace Crawford as the Deep, Antony Starr as Homelander and Aya Cash as Stormfront. Seasons 1 and 2 are currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. This news comes to us from ComicBook.com.