After several long months of forced inactivity, Hollywood is attempting to restart production on various film and movie projects in keeping with social distancing and testing guidelines. Recently, Karl Urban took to Instagram to post a picture of himself on his way to begin filming for the third season of Amazon's superhero black comedy series The Boys. In the caption for the photo, Urban promised that the shoot will be conducted in the safest manner possible.
"There's only one thing that'll get me to leave Covid free NZ @theboystv season 3. Let's do it !..... In a highly tested , PPE , zone controlled , socially distanced way Stay safe y'all xo"
Based on Garth Ennis' comic book series, The Boys is a satirical take on superhero culture. It tells the story of a group of superheroes known as the Seven, who publicly parade themselves as the epitome of heroism, but who are secretly a bunch of sadistic psychopaths, indifferent nihilists, or in the case of one hero, a literal Nazi.
Urban plays the role of Billy Butcher, a secret government agent tasked with keeping the supers in check through a combination of intimidation and blackmail. While technically one of the good guys, Butcher is far from a heroic figure, carrying out a personal vendetta against superpowered beings with no care for who gets hurt in the process. In a recent interview, Urban noted that while he started out in a rough place, Butcher has had a clear arc from Season 1 to 2 towards becoming a better person.
"The general theme for Butcher in season two was one of humanizing Butcher. We get to see a more desperate and vulnerable Butcher. We get to see Butcher in love, and we get to see Butcher make different choices than he made in season one. If season one was a lot more based on selfish choices for Butcher, [in] season two, we see that he has learned from his mistakes and there is a certain line in the sand, a morality that he will not betray, and particularly around his fellow teammates. In season one, he would have thrown anybody under the bus in order to achieve what he wanted to achieve, but in season two, he realizes the value of and worth of those teammates and makes different choices."
At the end of Season 2 of The Boys, Butcher has adopted Becca's superpowered son, while surviving a direct confrontation with the main villain of the series, the most powerful superhero in the world, Homelander. It will be interesting to see how well Butcher fares in Season 3 now that the war between humans and supes has become much more public.
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. Karl Urban's interview comments arrive from The Playlist.