The Boys producer and showrunner, Eric Kripke, has recently weight in on Homelander’s weaknesses and if the character can be killed.
Last year The Boys blew everyone away thanks to its deconstruction take on the superhero genre that managed to be potent but still fun. Among the most notable character in the series was Anthony Star’s Homelander. A very obvious Superman analog, the character puts on a facade that argues for the American way of life but in reality views everyone around him as little more than bugs that get in his way. In the show’s first season, it was revealed that, despite extensive efforts by the CIA, no one had been able to find a way to kill Homelander.
Like in the show, Homelander is one of the primary antagonists in the comics but was eventually killed. In the comics, it quite literally took someone who was just as strong as Homelander to get the job done. While it is very possible that the show might take this route it is just as possible that it may take another path. While speaking with Collider, The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke weighed in on if anything could kill or hurt Homelander and he admitted the options were limited:
“That’s been an ongoing discussion in the writers room. At the moment there aren’t many physical ones, but there’s so many psychological ones that that’s what we kind of lean to. Anthony has said many times, and I agree, that Homelander is the weakest character in the show. So we’ve never really gotten into the ‘How do you stop him physically?’ But there are a lot of ways to stop him psychologically.”
Kripke then dove into just ways you could fight the Homelander mentally:
“He finds his human vulnerability so hateful and he hates that part of him and he tries to subsume it, and yet it is part of who he is. And so he hates a part of him that he can’t ultimately control, and so that kind of leads to a snake’s nest of psychoses. At the moment, that is his current weakness.”
What do you all make of Eric Kripke’s words? How do you think The Boys will fight Homelander as the show goes on? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Here is the official synopsis for the second season of The Boys:
The even more intense, more insane season two finds The Boys on the run from the law, hunted by the Supes, and desperately trying to regroup and fight back against Vought. In hiding, Hughie (Jack Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) try to adjust to a new normal, with Butcher (Karl Urban) nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Starlight (Erin Moriarty) must navigate her place in The Seven as Homelander (Antony Starr) sets his sights on taking complete control. His power is threatened with the addition of Stormfront (Aya Cash), a social media-savvy new Supe, who has an agenda of her own. On top of that, the Supervillain threat takes center stage and makes waves as Vought seeks to capitalize on the nation’s paranoia.
The Boys stars Karl Urban Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Kapon, Karen Fukuhara, and Nathan Mitchell. So far, the series has added Goran Visnjic and Claudia Doumit for season two.
The second season of The Boys premiered on Amazon Prime Video on September 4th. Stay tuned for all the latest news on The Boys and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.