It was only a matter of time before Amazon announced a spinoff of the best superhero product going, The Boys. This time we’re going to superhero college.
Variety is reporting the streaming service is fast-tracking the development of this spinoff, which is being described as part college show, part Hunger Games. Honestly, I love the definition of Sky High (that 2005 teen-superhero Disney movie) with a lot of fucking swearing and all the heart, satire and raunch of The Boys.
As for the premise of the spinoff, it will be set in the only college in America exclusively for young adult superheroes (supes) that is run by Vought International.
It will be an irreverent, R-rated series that explores the lives of hormonal, competitive supes putting their physical, sexual and moral boundaries to the test as they compete for the best contracts in the best cities.
As I stated at the top, it’s no surprise Amazon wanted to build more into the world of The Boys due to the massive success of the first season (you can read my five-star review here). According to Amazon, the premiere of the second season had the most-watched global launch of an Amazon original series having grown the audience by a massive 89% compared to season one.
Additionally, the college spinoff won’t be the last as I hope we get a prequel set in World War 2. We know Jensen Ackles is joining in season three as Soldier Boy and in the season two premiere Stan Edger (Giancarlo Esposito) tells Homelader (Antony Starr) the real history of Vought.
Revealing Soldier Boy as the first supe “killing Germans by the dozen” so the series would be a period piece similar to Captain America: The First Avenger but in the style of The Boys.
Craig Rosenberg (writer and executive producer on the original series) will be writing the pilot and will serve as showrunner and executive producer for the series. At the same time, The Boys creator Eric Kripke will be executive producing alongside Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
I can’t wait to see how this story progress once the terrific season two has wrapped up as I’m sure we’ll see crossover with the main show. I think it’s a needed sub-genre in the genre similar to how The Magicians is basically an R-rated Harry Potter.