April 6-7, 2024
The following article contains spoilers for The Boys Season 3!
Prime Video’s The Boys has everything a fan could ever want. Morally bankrupt superheroes, babies with laser beams that shoot out of their eyes, more gratuitous blood and gore than an Evil Dead movie marathon, and a foul-mouthed CIA operative with a closet full of Hawaiian shirts and a penchant for mayhem and quippy one-liners.
Of course, this aforementioned mischief maker is none other than Billy Butcher, played by upcoming Supa-Star guest Karl Urban.
Gifted with a truly wicked tongue, and an even more sharply attuned aptitude for violence, Urban’s fan-favourite character is the leader of a rag-tag group of vigilantes determined to see the downfall of the legion of crooked superheroes created and managed by the corrupt Vought corporation.
With Urban set to catch up with fans at Supanova Gold Coast (15-16 April) and Melbourne (22-23 April), we thought it appropriate to take a look at what viewers might expect from the beloved New Zealand actor’s return in the forthcoming The Boys season 4.
Right from the outset, The Boys showrunner and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke made it clear that his new show would not be pulling any punches. Based on the comic books created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys stunned fans with a barrage of surprising, and increasingly shocking, moments ever since its first season debuted in 2019.
Somehow, over the next two seasons Kripke and his team would continue to up the ante and prove that just when viewers thought they had seen the worst, the show could still find even more outrageous ways to prove them wrong. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the first five minutes of last year’s season 3, where… well, IYKYK.
However, if we are to believe the show’s own VFX supervisor Stephan Fleet, season 4 is set to deliver an even more over-the-top moment. Taking to Twitter Fleet said: “I think I just saw the most disgusting thing I have seen working in this business thus far,” in reference to his work on the new season. Not content to let an opportunity for a good joke pass, the show’s official Twitter account later quipped that season 4 would be rated PG.
Season 4, rated PG!!! https://t.co/KQg0QuMnxM
— THE BOYS (@TheBoysTV) January 12, 2023
Despite stepping away as showrunner on the long-running Supernatural after season 5, Kripke clearly has a fondness for his old show. Not only did he bring Jim Beaver in to play US Secretary of Defense Robert Singer, a homage to his Supernatural character Bobby Singer, but last year’s season 3 also saw Jensen Ackles join the cast as the supe known as Soldier Boy.
Now another familiar face from Supernatural is also set to make an appearance, namely Jeffrey Dean Morgan. At the moment Morgan’s exact role has been kept tightly under wraps, though Black Noir actor Nathan Mitchell has gone on the record to describe his character as “bad***”.
Season 4 will also see the addition of two new supes to Vought’s ranks, following Starlight’s defection and Maeve’s supposed death. These include Sister Sage (played by Orange is the New Black’s Susan Heyward) and Firecracker (played by The Lost Symbol’s Valorie Curry). The United States of Tara’s Rosemarie DeWitt is also set to make her own series debut as Hughie’s mother.
Meet Sage. She’s already a thousand steps ahead of you.
And let’s just say Firecracker has a short fuse. pic.twitter.com/Ci3li8j1LJ
— THE BOYS (@TheBoysTV) October 10, 2022
At the moment there is no official release date for The Boys season 4, but fans don’t need to worry, they’ll still get their requisite dose of supe goodness soon enough. Amazon’s newest spinoff series Gen V is set to make its own debut later this year, this time introducing fans to Godolkin University School of Crimefighting, a college established by Vought International.
Based on the comic’s G-Men (a parody of Marvel’s X-Men), Gen V will follow a group of young adult supes as they compete in a series of Hunger Games-like challenges.
A recent trailer for the new show indicates that the new spinoff promises to be just as bloody as the main series, and will also feature appearances from Jessie T. Usher’s A-Train and Colby Minifie’s Ashley Barrett, the current Vought CEO. The show is also set to feature Patrick Schwarzenegger, son of the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger, as Golden Boy, one of the star pupils of Godolkin University.
In the meantime, Supa-Fans will also have a chance to get up close and personal with Billy Butcher himself when Karl Urban arrives at Supanova Gold Coast (15-16 April) and Melbourne (22-23 April). They are guaranteed to be a diabolical good time, get your tickets now through Moshtix.