It’s been nearly three years since his last film, Dredd, and now Karl Urban has landed the role of William Butcher in The Boys. An adaptation of the comic book series written by Garth Ennis, this Amazon Prime TV show will follow Billy Butcher and his team as they attempt to keep their city from falling into chaos with the emergence of superpowered individuals—no matter how dangerous these individuals may be. As fans of Ennis’ work, we’re thrilled to see Urban play this role on screen; here’s everything you need to know about him… Karl Urban’s New Role as a Supershady Spy

Teaser Trailer

Billy Butcher, ex-British soldier and current supervillain, is seen navigating his boat through intense weather in an undisclosed location. He radios in that he has arrived at his destination, and seconds later steps off of his boat onto solid land. A large man steps out from behind a bush and asks if he is the guy with orders to kill Homelander. Billy confirms that he is, but warns him that someone else may be after him too.

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A Scene From the Series

Check out an exclusive scene from season one, episode three, where Billy Butcher stops at nothing to take down The Homelander. You’ll also see tons of new footage in FX’s all-new promo video, which you can watch below. (Season One premieres on FX on June 30 at 10 p.m.)

Inside Look at the Character

Butcher is one of those characters who’s been around for a long time. He was created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons in their limited series, Watchmen. Since then, he’s appeared in several other titles, including The Boys, which is coming to Cinemax. Here’s what you need to know about Butcher if you’re unfamiliar with his comic book origins…

Karl Urban's New Role as a Supershady Spy
Karl Urban’s New Role as a Supershady Spy

Quotes from the Cast and Crew

When asked about his role in The Boys, Karl Urban responded, I’m playing Billy Butcher, he’s based on William Butcher from The Boys comic series. He’s ex-British SAS, very hard-edged, very disillusioned with life after seeing what all these superheroes and super villains are doing to society. At some point I was also an actor but now I spend my time killing people… who deserve it!

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Audience Reviews

While most audience members don’t seem to mind Karl Urban taking on smaller roles, he’s also been accused of being overly picky when it comes to feature film roles. This type of role in Sky High, while small, will ensure that fans will see him and remember his name before they see him in a bigger feature later down the road. Now if only he could get that sci-fi role we’ve all been waiting for… (Oh man…I totally spoiled myself!)

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