As if it wasn't already obvious from the trailers, The Boys took things up a few notches with Season 2 in various ways. The superhero dramedy has definitely drilled down into its satirical bent in the episodes released so far, setting a fitting tone early on with Translucent's heavily publicized funeral proceedings, from the clear casket to the mass gathering in the streets. That scene reached the apex of ironic sincerity with Starlight's pitch-perfect ballad, and it turns out showrunner Eric Kripke had even bigger plans for that song that got shut down by COVID.
When CinemaBlend spoke with Eric Kripke and The Boys cast ahead of Season 2, I wanted to hear a little bit more about that celebrity-skewering sequence. Don't worry, we'll get to The Boys' botched plans a little lower, but let's have Kripke set the scene up by laying out the inspiration for the funeral and Erin Moriarty's "You'll Never Truly Vanish" performance. In his words:
Talk about a lucky move for casting. Not only is Erin Moriarty able to blast shots of blinding light from her hands – I'll fact-check that detail later – but she also boasts a pretty magnificent voice that feels tailor-made for the kind of barn-burner that Eric Kripke was talking about. Not only did she have the talent, but she also had the confidence to bring that song to life, even if it couldn't also bring Translucent back to life.
Erin Moriarty knocked that song out of the park, and showrunner Eric Kripke says that viewers only got to hear a snippet of the entire track.
Which brings us to the big plan that Eric Kripke & Co. had for The Boys that ended up getting squashed by the spread of COVID-19. The creative team wanted to give fans a chance to hear "You'll Never Truly Vanish" in its entirety, and not just as an audio track to be streamed on Voughtify. In Kripke's words:
Holy moly, to get a full music video for "You'll Never Truly Vanish" would have been the cherry and the icing and the sprinkles on top of the 20-second cake from the Season 2 premiere. I can just picture it having the same aesthetic as Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" video, or another mid-'90s vid from Celine Dion or Michael Bolton. Here's hoping that everyone involved can find a way to still make that music video happen now that productions are starting up again around Hollywood and other areas.
The Boys is currently streaming the first four episodes of Season 2 on Amazon Prime Video (opens in new tab), with new episodes releasing weekly. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more exclusives, such as why we probably won't see a Black Noir origin story soon, and keep current with our Fall TV 2020 premiere schedule to see what new and returning shows are on the way.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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