The Boys news roundup: Casting and spinoff series info!

CANNES, FRANCE - OCTOBER 14: Katia Winter attends ' Agent Hamilton ' photocall during day one of the MIPCOM 2019 on October 14, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - OCTOBER 14: Katia Winter attends ' Agent Hamilton ' photocall during day one of the MIPCOM 2019 on October 14, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images) /

The first bit of news: According to a recent Deadline article, Katia Winter has been cast to play a character in season 3 of Amazon Prime’s dark comedy superhero action thriller The Boys.
It’s speculated that she will be playing a character from the comic books named “Little Nina,” a Russian mob boss. Not much has been revealed about the character yet, such as whether she will be significantly different from the original comic book version (as often happens in TV or film adaptations of previously published characters).

Katia Winter most recently starred on C More Entertainment’s Agent Hamilton series. Her other credits include Showtime’s Dexter, Matthew Ya-Hsiung Balzer’s film The Catch (2020), CBS’s Blood & Treasure, CW series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and FOX’s Sleepy Hollow. Obviously, Legends of Tomorrow already lends her credibility as someone who can land superhero roles, and presumably, her performance for that series made her an easier casting choice for The Boys.

The Boys: Fast cast facts

The Boys is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios (among other companies), developed by Eric Kripke and based on the comic book series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The Boys stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, and (at least in season 2) Aya Cash, and executive produced by Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Ori Marmur, Dan Trachtenberg, and others.

The third season of The Boys is expected to premiere in 2022 (at the earliest) on Amazon Prime Video. However, the show is currently in production on Season 3.

Basics of The Boys (why it’s a hit)

In some respects, the premise to The Boys might be comparable to an old quote by St. Augustine in “City of God.” When Alexander the Great condemned a pirate for “keeping hostile possession of the sea,” the pirate replied: “What do you mean by seizing the whole earth; because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, while you who does it with a great fleet are styled emperor.”

In this case, it’s not so much “the sea” that is conquered, but the hearts and minds of an ignorant fandom for superpowered heroes, who often do not recognize that “supes” are often just as bad as the villains they are supposed to battle.

Instead of merely fighting superpowered criminals across the globe, The Seven are hellbent on dominating the culture from their base in the corporate tower of Vought International. In fact, by season 2, we’ve seen that some supes might as well be wearing Nazi armbands or white hoods.

At the same time, The Boys, a ragtag outfit of renegades attempting to hold The Seven accountable, often cross moral and legal lines themselves, frequently blurring their own line between being pursuers of justice and wreakers of vengeance. On that note, there’s another interesting project in development, inspired by a classic mutant group of superhumans.

More news on The Boys: G-Men!

There is currently a spinoff series of The Boys planned, apparently called G-Men.  It’s a clear (and surely dark) parody of the X-Men. Like the X-Men, the G-Men will feature a school full of superpowered students.

Of course, this version will veer into R-Rated terrain (though, of course, even the X-Men franchise itself has done R-Rated releases, such as the critically-and-fan acclaimed Logan, where Hugh Jackman’s character of Logan/Wolverine drops plenty of F-bombs throughout, and even taking a pay-cut to better afford any financial losses for the R-rating).

So far, it appears that G-Men is to star Lizze Broadway, Jaz Sinclair, Shane Paul McGhie, Aimee Carrero, and Maddie Phillips. Craig Rosenberg is said to be the main writer, according to Deadline. Little else is yet known about this new series in development, but fans of The Boys (and possibly X-Men fans) are most likely going to check it out, at least giving it that initial bump of interest.

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