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‘The Boys’ Spoof ‘Justice League’ with ‘Dawn of the Seven’ Trailer

Release the Bourke cut!

'The Boys' Dawn of the Seven poster.

Few shows skewer the superhero genre better than Amazon’s ‘The Boys’. The series adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s cult comic returns in June with its third season poised to be its raunchiest and most violent entry yet. In advance of the series premiere, Amazon and Vought International have released the first trailer for ‘Dawn of the Seven’, an in-series movie starring the titular seven: Homelander (Antony Starr), Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) , Starlight (Erin Moriarty), A-Train (Jessie T. Usher), and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell), with Seth Rogen as the voice of Translucent (RIP).

A clear rip-off of ‘Justice League’, ‘Dawn of the Seven’ has all the hallmarks of a self-serious superhero film: a washed-out color palette, cringe-worthy jokes, and nerd favorite Greg Grunberg with a flash drive to save the world. We also see that ‘Dawn of the Seven’ is an attempt to retcon Nazi supe Stormfront (Aya Cash) who was formerly a member of the Seven (and Homelander’s girlfriend). The trailer also pokes fun at the controversy and fandom surround the Snyder cut of ‘Justice League’, by referring to the film as “”the Bourke cut” based on Vought’s own in-house director Adam Bourke (P.J. Byrne). The nine hour event has the same premiere date as season 3. The trailer yet another clever in-universe tie-in, following the Tucker Carlson-like ‘Seven on 7’ shorts. Vought also tweeted a thank you from Bourke.

The Vought International Twitter profile released the trailer, along with the hashtag #ReleasetheBourkeCut, a callback to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut. Snyder himself shared the trailer, writing “Congratulations to Director Bourke. Excited to see your vision realized.”

We got another glimpse of season 3 of ‘The Boys’ this week, with the latest trailer, where we see an increasingly unhinged Homelander on a promotional blitz to disavow his relationship with Stormfront. As Homelander unravels, Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) begins experimenting with Compound V, while Hughie (Jack Quaid) goes to work with Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit) and the Federal Bureau of Superhuman Affairs. We also meet Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles) a former Captain America-inspired supe from the past. There’s lots to look forward to in season 3, and we’ll be sharing our thoughts when the series premieres.

Season 3 of ‘The Boys’ premieres on Amazon Prime on June 3.

(featured image: Amazon Studios)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.