The Boys doesn’t have a return date yet, but its official social media accounts have been regularly dropping teasers off-season, giving fans hints at what to expect from the show’s upcoming batch of episodes. The latest The Boys season 4 teaser comes in the form of a political satire, which seemingly pokes fun at the recent indictment of former President Donald Trump.
Released on Wednesday, June 14th (Trump’s birthday), the new promo video for The Boys season 4 features current Vought International CEO Ashley Barrett (Colby Minifie) making a plea to Homelander (Antony Starr) fans, asking for their support as the captain of The Seven prepares to face trial.
“Good morning everyone, I’m Ashley Barrett, coming to you with an important update on behalf of our greatest hero, and our most loving father,” Ashley says at the beginning of the video. “In the coming months, Homelander will stand trial for saving his son (Cameron Crovetti) from a vicious Starlight-loving thug. An act of heroism, now somehow being branded a murder.”
Ashley continues, “Make no mistake: Vought and its shareholders stand fully behind Homelander, and this will in no way impact his status as captain of The Seven. We have complete faith in the American legal system to get things right. Like it always does. For now, keep him and Ryan in your thoughts and in your prayers. And be sure to post with #HomeFree, so he can see your support.”
— Vought International (@VoughtIntl) June 14, 2023
In case you don’t remember, Homelander’s son, Ryan, chose to step under his wing at the end of The Boys season 3 finale. In the final scene of the season, the father-and-son duo attended a Homelander-themed rally. Everything was fine until the pair were accosted by a protestor. Being the quick-tempered that he is, Homelander lost his cool and ended up cutting the man down with his laser vision.
Shockingly, instead of being horrified or mad at what Homelander did, Ryan and his supporters all cheered on his heinous act. That ending set up a startling new socio-political context for The Boys Season 4 and the latest teaser for the upcoming installment makes it look like the creative forces behind the series are nailing the absurdity of real-world events with remarkable timing.
According to ComicBook.com, the “joke” of the latest promo for The Boys season 4 is its apparent parallels with the recent indictment of Trump, who has pleaded not guilty to no less than 37 criminal charges over his alleged mishandling of classified documents during and after his presidency.
Trump has started a very public attack campaign against the legal institutions pursuing him, rallying his supporters to do the same. This is very similar to how Vought is encouraging Homelander fans to rally behind the twisted superhero.
Despite his indictment, Trump still has his eyes set on a return to the White House and this will seemingly make The Boys season 4 a timely reflection of the cultural climate headed into the 2024 Presidential Election in the United States, especially since its story includes Victoria Neuman’s (Claudia Doumit) journey to take the Oval Office.
The Boys season 4 release date
As mentioned above, The Boys season 4 doesn’t have a release date yet. Filming for the new season commenced on August 23rd, 2022, and officially wrapped on April 12th, 2023. According to GamesRadar, the show typically takes around 10-12 months from filming a season before it premieres, so it’s likely that The Boys season 4 will debut sometime in late 2023 or early 2024.
Where to watch The Boys season 4
The Boys season 4 will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The first three seasons of the show are currently streaming on the platform.