‘The Boys’ season two: everything we know so far

The boys are back in town

Based on Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson’s (Transmetropolitan) action-packed comic book series, Amazon Prime Video Original The Boys digs deep into its fictional society and looks at how superheroes and civilians could co-exist.

It differs from the current crop of deadly serious superhero series thanks to a unique mix of adult comedy and violence. If you’ve binged the first ten episodes, you won’t be surprised to hear it’s one of the streamer’s most successful shows ever. Bring on season two!

Latest updates

  • A full official trailer has been released for season two
  • A teaser trailer for season two has been released
  • The Walking Dead‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan in serious talks to join the show
  • Release date for season two announced
  • First three minutes of episode one released
  • A new season two image has been shared

When will The Boys season two be released?

The new season will premiere on September 4, 2020. The release date was announced on June 24, 2020 during a virtual reunion of the show’s cast hosted by Patton Oswalt (see below). He joins the new season as Tek Knight, a superhero who can only fly in space.

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Have we seen a trailer yet?

Yes! An official full trailer has dropped for the second season and it features one of The Boys’ new enemies – Stormfront, played by You’re the Worst star Aya Cash. The preview ends with a scene featuring Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) and his crew crashing into a whale summoned by The Deep (Chace Crawford).

A teaser trailer was also released earlier in the year.

Has any more footage been released?

You bet. In the cast’s virtual reunion show live-streamed on June 24, the first three minutes of episode one are shown. Scrub to the 47:30 mark in the video below to see CEO Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) take over operations of Vought International after the death of Madelyn Stillwell (Eisabeth Shue) at the end of season one. Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) is also shown taking out some baddies.

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Are there any photographs yet?

Yes! An image giving fans a fresh look at the main characters, including Karl Urban’s Billy Butcher, Jack Quaid’s Hughie Campbell and The Seven, was shared on the show’s official Twitter page on May 27, 2020. As you can see, they all looked happy to be there.

Will there be any new characters?

The majority of the cast are expected to return, including Karl Urban as Billy the Butcher, Jack Quaid as Hughie, Tomer Kapon as Frenchie, Laz Alonso as Mother’s Milk, and Karen Fukuhara as The Female. However, a few new faces are expected to appear in season two. Giancarlo Esposito, best known for his role in Breaking Bad, guest-starred in the first season’s finale as Vought CEO Mr Edgar. The Hollywood heavyweight is expected to play a larger role in the future narrative.

One cast member not returning, though, is Simon Pegg’s character Hugh Campbell Sr.
In a new interview with Collider Pegg was asked if he’ll appear in any upcoming episodes, and confirmed the news with a simple “no”.

“They got me out of the way,” he said. “I did my little bit. It was very fun to do that show. I was pleased to be a part of it.”

You’re the Worst star Aya Cash will also be joining the show as Stormfront. Originally a male character, Stormfront is considered one of the major antagonists in the adult comic book series.

With superhuman strength, flight and ‘electrokinesis’ on her side, Stormfront will be tough to match. Handing Cash the major role is a clear sign of how the series is keeping things modern.

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“She’s the grenade that gets thrown into Homelander’s world and the world of the Seven,” Cash told Entertainment Weekly. “She really causes so many problems.”

In the comics, Stormfront is a male character previously compared to Marvel’s Thor.

“I think she’s here to blow up Vought. She’s here to try to get Vought back to the original idea behind creating superheroes… And she can be quite the feminist,” said Cash. “There’s a lot of, I wouldn’t say misdirect, but she also is a very empowered woman.”

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Black Noir in The Boys (Credit: Amazon)

You can see Stormfront in action by scrolling to 38:37 in the virtual reunion livestream above. The character is seen approaching Homelander (Antony Starr) and Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) as they film an ARMY recruitment advert.

Another character who could see a particularly gripping development is Black Noir – the mysterious masked vigilante played by Nathan Mitchell who in season one had no dialogue, and whose face was never seen.

“You’re going to love what’s coming up for Black Noir. It’s so good,” Karl Urban said at a panel at C2E2 Expo, according to ComicBook.com.

“He’s thread very well through the whole series and culminates in some diabolical action which I can’t get too specific about at this point,” Urban continue. “And you may even find out what his Kryptonite is.”

Homelander actor Anthony Starr also weighed in, saying: “I think of all the characters from season two, I think they probably wrote to him the strongest in season two in my opinion. Black Noir is like a fucking force in season two.”

In July 2020, The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke told Collider that he is talking to The Walking Dead‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan about starring in the show.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 10 (2019) CREDIT: Jace Downs/ AMC / The Hollywood Archive

The news follows a public campaign by Morgan (Negan in The Walking Dead) who responded positively to Kripke’s wish tweeted back in January 2020 to have the actor in The Boys.

Now, Kripke has confirmed that it’s being seriously considered. “There’s one role we’re already talking about,” he told Collider. “He has to, uh, we have to like coordinate. Because you know, he’s on The Walking Dead, so he has another home.

“But we already talked about one role, and there might be a potential other that we’re talking about. But we are, just this past week we were literally texting back and forth about trying to figure out how to get him on the show.

“I don’t think it’s a done deal yet, but the will is there, and we’re both talking about it,” Kripke added.

How many episodes will there be?

The Cinema Spot has obtained the list of episodes for season two – a total of eight. The first three episodes of the season will be immediately made available followed by weekly epsiodes. You can see the titles below.

  1. The Big Ride
  2. Proper Preparation and Planning
  3. Nothing Like It In The World
  4. Over The Hill With The Swords Of A Thousand Men
  5. We Gotta Go Now
  6. The Bloody Doors Off
  7. Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker
  8. What I Know

Who is making The Boys?

Erik Kripke, known for cult-classic Timeless and Supernatural, is the showrunner for the series. Executive producers include Seth Rogen, who seems to be making a shift from acting to producing and directing, and Evan Goldberg.

Will there be another series after season two?

Yes! The Cinema Spot learned in April 2020 that Amazon has already signed off on season three before season two has even aired. Paul Grellong, known for his work on CBS shows Hawaii Five-0 and Scorpion, has been added to the writers’ room.

Additionally, in a Reddit AMA is summer 2019, Kripke revealed that he would like to adapt the Herogasm storyline from the comics. He later posted on Twitter that he would plan to bring The Walking Dead actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) in for a role.

“We JUST figured out how to do Herogasm!! It’ll come in Season 3 maybe (if we get picked up for Season 3),” Kripe wrote on the Reddit chat at the time.

“I’ve really wanted to do it, but needed to figure out our twist on it, so it’s not just an hour of hardcore porn. But I think we got it!! Super excited about that.”

When Kripke stated on Twitter that he would like to have Morgan in the third season, Morgan replied saying he would love to do it.

The Boys season one is now streaming on Amazon Prime. 

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