It was September 2020 when Amazon Prime announced that The Boys would be getting a spin-off series, which would be focusing on a Vought run superhero university. There have been a few casting updated since then, including The Flash's Reina Hardesty being given the lead role, but now The Boys' showrunner and executive producer of the spin-off Eric Kripke has given one of his first updates on what can be expected from the new project and although he did not want to say too much, he did say that the new show will have a different flavor to the mother show.
"We're writing furiously," Kripke told The Hollywood Reporter. "I think it's coming along really great. It's exciting in that sort of perverted Marvel way - in the way that different Marvel projects are very different: One's a thriller, one's a comedy. This feels like that, too, but with a ton more d-ck jokes."
The last time we heard anything about the content of the spin off, it was reported that it would be an "irreverent, R-rated show that explores the lives of hormonal, competitive Supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities." There is no doubt that this is very much in line with what we have come to expect from The Boys, with scenes of sex and violence being filmed that would have been unthinkable on TV a decade ago, so even if we are going to see a different tone, we are still going to get that The Boys universe feel.
The series will see Hardesty joined by Shan Paul McGhie, Aimee Carrero, Maddie Phillips, Jaz Sinclair and Lizze Broadway, while The Boys executive producer Craig Rosenberg jumps to a showrunner and writer role and Kripke joins comic creators Garth Enis and Darick Robertson, Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver in producer roles. Kripke previously talked to The Wrap about the show when it was still in its early stages of development, and in particular which part of The Boys comics served as the inspiration for the spin-off show.
"I would say it's loosely inspired by an element of the comics, which is the G-Men. Part of the G-Men is there's sort of an educational, college experience," Kripke said. "And we just used that as a jumping-off point, kind of similar to 'The Boys,' where we sort of take an initial notion and then we are going to run with it in our own weird direction. We were just talking and we stumbled onto this idea and we were so excited about it, we took it to Amazon."
Kripke has had a tough time filming during the pandemic to make sure that the main show doesn't succumb to the delays that many have seen. He told The Hollywood Reporter, "It's by a mile the toughest production year of my life. There's not any one thing; it's a million problems. And probably to the irritation of some of my benefactors, my attitude from the beginning has been no creative compromises. The audience will not grade us on a curve. They will not say it's OK that it's not quite as good as the second season because, gosh, it sure was hard to make. We have to make sure the audience never knows the difference. But behind the scenes, everything's different."
The Boys first seasons are currently available on Amazon Prime, with season three coming sometime in 2022.