Read on for the original story about this scene from last year when it was cut from the first season of The Boys.
The Boys co-creator Eric Kripke recently revealed there was one controversial scene in the first season of his savage superhero show, in which Amazon strongly opposed and demanded be cut altogether.
In a recent AMA on Reddit, Kripke explained how some footage ended up on the cutting room floor as it was deemed too extreme for audiences. He went on to describe the explicit scene in excruciating detail, as he commended Antony Starr for doing a “great job.”
“There was ONE SCENE that Amazon said F*** NO, you have to cut. 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,” he explained.
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Kripke added, “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.”
Despite the iron ruling on this graphic scene, Amazon generally allowed Kripke free reign over the boundary pushing content of his adult-themed comic adaptation, as the streaming service permitted full-frontal nudity, bizarre sex scenes, extreme gore, and violence.
The Boys explores the seedy underbelly of sex, murder, and mayhem with its satirical view of a society obsessed with celebrity, politics, and pleasing facades – referred to by Kripke at Comic Con as a, “very accurate reflection of the world we live in.”
Amazon has already renewed The Boys for a second season, so if you would like to learn more about this ultra-violent web series, check out our (mostly) spoiler-free review of season one and find out what the ending means for the show moving forward.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.