Following the gargantuan success of its first two seasons and on the heels of its third, “The Boys” creator Eric Kripke said he “never expected” the show to be as successful as it was.
“I’m stunned,” Kripke said. “You always assume [when] you’re walking into this stuff that everyone will hate it and hate you, personally. So the fact that it connected with everyone is amazing and due completely to all these talented people around me.”
Kripke was referring to the cast members of his show — Karl Urban, Laz Alonso, Karen Fukuhara, Jessie T. Usher, Chace Crawford and Season 3 newcomer Jensen Ackles — who joined him on Saturday for a SXSW panel discussion with Variety senior film writer Matt Donnelly.
“I think the fun thing about this season is, it really challenges all the characters as to, ‘How far are you willing to go?,'” Urban said. “‘Are you willing to become the monster to defeat the monster?'”
Crawford, who previously played Nate Archibald on “Gossip Girl,” said his fan base has changed since being on “The Boys.”
“For me it was always teenybopper, younger girls,” he said. “But now it’s guys coming like, ‘Yo!’ [with a] big bear hug.”
On Saturday, Amazon Prime Video also released a two-minute trailer for Season 3 of “The Boys”, which will premiere on June 3. The trailer shows the cast fighting new battles, gaining new superpowers and even performing a musical dance number. The new season is set to premiere with its first three episodes, followed by weekly episode drops each Friday thereafter.
It’s fair to say viewers can expect the same hilarious antics and explosive action, as Kripke confirms, “One of my favorite things is blowing people up.”
“The Boys,” which premiered in 2019, follows a group of vigilante superheroes of the same name who fight their corrupt counterparts who use their powers for the wrong reasons. According to Amazon, in Season 3 the Boys “continue their heroic quest to expose the truth about The Seven and Vought — the multibillion-dollar conglomerate that manages the superheroes and covers up their dirty secrets.”
“The Boys” also stars Erin Moriarty, Jack Quaid, Dominique McElligott, Antony Starr, Tomer Capon, Nathan Mitchell, Colby Minifie and Claudia Doumit.
On March 4, Amazon also premiered “The Boys: Diabolical,” an animated spin-off of the live action series that features new cast members in eight short episodes that each have their own distinct animation style. The series features the voices of actors including Awkwafina, Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, Nicole Byer, Youn Yuh-jung, Don Cheadle, Michael Cera, Crawford and Season 1 actor Simon Pegg, who takes on a new role in the animated series.
Both shows are based on the comics by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. “The Boys” is executive produced by Kripke, Rogen, Neal H. Moritz, James Weaver, Evan Goldberg, Phil Sgriccia, Ken F. Levin, Pavun Shetty, Craig Rosenberg, Paul Grellong, Jason Netter, David Reed, Michaela Starr and Meredith Glynn.
Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television Studios produces “The Boys,” along with Kripke Enterprises, Original Film and Point Grey Pictures.
Watch the full panel discussion above.