Black Noir is quite a mysterious character. He’s mute and masked and has a tragic backstory behind him. A member of the seven, he has been there through the first two seasons of the Amazon Prime Video’s show, The Boys. It is the third season of the show, where his backstory has been explored. The same was done in an interesting manner too!
The showrunner of the series, Eric Kripke recently commented about the character and shared the reason why his backstory was depicted the way it was. We take a closer look at what he said about Black Noir in this article.
The Boys Showrunner Eric Kripke Explains Why Black Noir’s Backstory Was Shown Using Cartoon Animals
Eric Kripke recently gave an interview to TVLine. He talked about Black Noir and the interesting way his backstory was depicted in the show. He said:
We knew that he had to have his dark night of the soul alone, and we would have to be inside his head because he has no one he can talk to. So the very first notion was flashbacks, but straight flashbacks, one) they can be a little boring, and two) we did them already [in Episode 3]. We had to have a whole battle to make them exciting. So I didn’t want to do them again.
If there’s an idiosyncratic way that I can tell a story, I’ll take it because it’s way more fun to step out of the box and tell something uniquely. This notion of when [Noir’s] alone, he’s like Snow White, [with] cute animals fluttering around him, just made me laugh.
It’s strongly implied that [the cartoon creatures are] always there. If you look two or three episodes earlier, he’s sketching Buster Beaver in the conference room. We even had a scene that got cut because it just pulled you from the scene… where he was laying out cans of beans in the corners of just different scenes he was in to imply that he’s always feeding the animals.
The animated segment came out really good and perfectly encapsulated the tragic story of Black Noir. It was quite informative about the antecedents of the character and seems to have been a success. What do you think about the character and the way his backstory was explored? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.
The Boys can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.