Amazon Prime’s The Boys is undoubtedly one of the best shows in the superhero genre to come out in recent times. Written by Garth Ennis, The Boys depicts a morally decadent world with anti-superhero sentiments.
Like every other Garth Ennis’ works, The Boys has a marked tonal difference in the way it portrays the superheroes. Morally corrupt, the big seven heroes work for an organization which monetizes and markets them for profit.
Leading a life without consequences, these heroes abuse their powers, often acting on their whims and caprices. As a result, a band of fairly average individuals called ‘The Boys’ with wildly different personalities come in.
‘The Boys’ is led by Billy Butcher, an individual with a propensity towards violence. The other members of the group are Hughie Campbell, The Frenchman, Mother’s Milk, and The Female.
Showrunner Eric Kripke had announced the second season of The Boys even before the first episode was aired.
Analogous to some of the major DC superheroes, the most popular heroes in The Boys are Homelander (Superman), Queen Maeve (Wonder Woman), The Deep (Aquaman), The Lamplighter (Green Lantern), Black Noir (Batman), A-Train (The Flash), and Starlight (Supergirl). Marketed as the zenith of good values and perfection, these heroes are hailed as celebrities.
Barring Starlight, these superheroes are secretly self-centred, narcissistic, and immoral. Using their powers and celebrity status, they get away with the most deplorable acts.
After the critically acclaimed first season, the second season of The Boys is set to premiere in September. The episodes will be released weekly, instead of releasing all at once for binge-watching. This decision has been taken to encourage more discussion and anticipation for what surprises and horrors lie ahead as the season progresses.
Back in 2019 when the first season was released, Jeffery Dean Morgan had shown interest to be a part of the cast. Having worked with Jeffery Dean Morgan in the TV show Supernatural, Eric Kripke quickly capitalized on the said interest. In a recent interview, Eric Kripke has talked about involving Jeffery Dean Morgan in the third season of The Boys.
Jeffery Dean Morgan is not new to the world of comic-book genre. He has portrayed the role of The Comedian in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen (2009), Thomas Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and the psychopath Negan in The Walking Dead.
In Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, Jeffery Dean Morgan played the role of The Comedian. A nihilist and cynical hero who had long given up on the ideals of the masked superhero trope. Morgan’s effortless portrayal of complex, immoral, and incredibly violent characters with a twisted sense of humour makes him a perfect cast for the graphic nature of The Boys.
While the news of the casting is yet to be confirmed, fans of the show and the comics are speculating which character will Jeffery Dean Morgan play. Long time fans of the comics are divided in their opinions regarding which character should Morgan play.
The most probable character which Jeffery Dean Morgan might end up playing if cast is Vasilii ‘Vas’ Vorishikin aka Love Sausage. A former superhero of the Soviet Union, Vas is one of the few superheroes who is on a good term with The Boys. Bestowed with super-strength and super-durability, Love Sausage considers well-endowed females to be his Kryptonite. True to his name, Love Sausage is extremely well-endowed and finds it difficult to run when aroused.
A rough yet lovable character, Love Sausage is a perverted parody of Marvel’s Red Guardian. Particularly affectionate towards Hughie, Vas trusts him more than any member of The Boys. As a former superhero and a communist, Vas gets nostalgic about the Soviet Union and its principles in general.
Another character which Jeffery Dean Morgan might end up playing is Tek-Knight. A morally righteous hero, Tek-Knight has never been in The Boys’ radar. Like Black Noir, Tek-Knight is partially inspired by Batman. His lack of any notable superpower, reliance on technology, and an operational base in a cave makes him an inspired version of The Caped Crusader.
Tek-Knight is a member of the group named Payback which was initially formed in the 1940s to fight Nazis. A disastrous failure, it was later revamped to inspire heroes like Homelander.
Initially created as homophobic, Tek-Knight’s brain tumour forced him to have sexual compulsions which made him feel attracted towards both animate and inanimate objects. As his compulsions reached disturbing levels, Tek-Knight retired from Payback.
Jeffery Dean Morgan’s interest in portraying the role of Thomas Wayne aka Batman in an alternate timeline created due to Flashpoint might never come to fruition. With the recent changes in the DC Extended Universe and Robert Pattinson helming the role of Batman, the chance of witnessing Jeffery Dean Morgan as an enraged and vengeful Batman grows perilously low.
If cast as Tek-Knight, it might be the closest we can get to see Jeffery Dean Morgan don a suit similar to that of The Dark Knight. Unless the executives at Warner Bros. come to their right senses and cast him as Thomas Wayne in Flashpoint Paradox.
Though Morgan and Eric Kripke have worked together for five seasons of Supernatural, the news is yet to be confirmed. Despite showing much interest to be a part of the visceral and violent world of The Boys, Jeffery Dean Morgan’s portrayal of Negan in AMC’s The Walking Dead can cause issues in timings and production.
If confirmed, Jeffery Dean Morgan’s slick sense of humour paired with Karl Urban’s foul-mouthed, diabolical, and violent Billy Butcher can work wonders for the show.
In an interview with Collider, Eric Kripke has told “There’s one role we’re already talking about, but we already talked about one role, and there might be a potential other that we’re talking about. But we are, just this past week we were literally texting back and forth about trying to figure out how to get him on the show. I don’t think it’s a done deal yet, but the will is there, and we’re both talking about it.”