There are plenty of differences between “The Boys” comic and the show, but few of them have stirred the plot pot as much as the change in Black Noir’s backstory. By making him a distinctly different character and killing him off well before the eventual endgame, the show has made clear that fans of the comic have no way of knowing what’s in store. However, now that Season 4 seems to be reintroducing the character, the question of who’s behind the mask is once again a complete mystery. As such, the show has brought back the possibility that Vought might have stealthily brought a Homelander clone into the mix.
Before he rocked it on “The Boys” or “Banshee,” Antony Starr spent years playing twins on the New Zealander crime comedy-drama “Outrageous Fortune.” Combine this with his “The Boys” character’s unwitting relationship with the comic book version of Black Noir, and it doesn’t seem all that unreasonable to suspect that the Amazon Prime Video show might be building toward a showdown between Homelander and a version of Black Noir that’s also played by Starr. Whether “The Boys” takes things in this direction remains to be seen, but until the show confirms the Season 4 Black Noir’s identity, this option certainly seems to be on the table again.
“The Boys” has spent three seasons shocking the audience. Could killing off the first Black Noir to introduce the one from the comic be another example of the show subverting its fans’ expectations, or does the character have even stranger surprises in store?