One scene from Amazon’s The Boys was taken out due to offensive content

The Boys Homelander

The Boys is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, and the show is a very adult take on the superhero genre. Based on the comic book series by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson, it’s set in a world where superheroes exist in our world. They are treated like celebrities, gods and politicians, and some are actually bad behind the scenes. The series features sex, drugs and violence, and if you’ve seen the show, you would know that it’s able to capture a lot of the mature content from the comics. That doesn’t mean that Amazon was okay with everything. There’s one scene that was deleted featuring Homelander.

During a Reddit AMA, series showrunner Erik Kripke (Supernatural) revealed a lot of information about The Boys including a scene that was deleted where Homelander was masturbating and climaxing all over New York City. Amazon thought it was a bit much.

“There was ONE SCENE that Amazon said F**K NO, you have to cut,” Kripke revealed. “I couldn’t quite understand why considering everything else we have in the show, but: Homelander, after being dressed down by Stilwell in episode 2, was standing on one of the Chrysler building Eagles. He pulled his pants down and started jerking off, mumbling ‘I can do whatever I want’ over and over again until he climaxed all over New York City. We shot it! Oh my God, Anthony was the BEST in that scene. Amazon seemed to think it wasn’t necessary. I thought it told me something about his psyche. To be clear, they’ve been great, that may have been the ONLY fight I lost in Season 1.”

As for Kripke’s thought process on offensive scenes, he ultimately explained that the scene has to serve the story.

“We never really discussed what would be too offensive,” he added. “The main rule was whether it furthered the story, the character or the world. We didn’t want to be shocking for shocking’s sake, we just wanted to create this world as realistically as possible. Which meant sometimes seeing really brutal things, because that’s what would really happen if, say, a super fist really met human flesh. We chose not to address 9/11 for several reasons — one being it’s already 18 years ago, and none of the current Seven would’ve been there. Again, we try to approach everything as realistically as possible and begin there.”

Amazon renewed The Boys for a second season, with Kripke busy behind the scenes.

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