Fans Laud Antony Starr’s Homelander, Drawing Comparisons to Heath Ledger’s Joker


The fourth season of The Boys premiered on June 13, 2024, with its initial three episodes. Initially, critics described the season as decent, though early ratings weren’t as high as previous seasons. However, over time, the season’s ratings have improved, reaching a Certified Fresh rating of 95%, which is impressive. Despite critical acclaim, fan reception seems mixed, with the season holding a lower audience score of 50%, marking the first time a season of the series has received a rotten audience score.

While we’ve covered this issue in other articles, in this one, we’ll focus on another aspect: Homelander. Regardless of opinions on the new season, Antony Starr’s portrayal of Homelander has garnered widespread praise, with fans flooding the Internet with positive reactions.

Despite being a villain, Homelander is a central character in the show alongside Karl Urban’s Billy Butcher. Both showrunner Eric Kripke and Starr have criticized fans who sympathize with Homelander, asserting their interpretations are off-base. However, there’s unanimous agreement on Starr’s spectacular performance and Homelander’s compelling character development, which is both astonishing and chilling.

This role is likely to define Starr’s career, and that’s perfectly acceptable given his outstanding performance. And if you think it’s just our opinion, here’s what fans are saying:

i said it once & i’ll say it again, this is the greatest villain performance we’ve seen in any live-action superhero project

– Matt Ramos on Twitter

Hands down…. Watching his descent into madness has been probably the best Ive scene in cinema. I feel they never do it right or just get cliche with it. But with Homelander you could legitimately see the deterioration & worry about when it was gonna fallen collapse.

– Vali on Twitter

Supes….. homelander is definitely the most disturbing villain in live action.

– Chris on Twitter

it’s goated. across 4 seasons of great TV, i’m taking homelander.

– Matt Ramos on Twitter

I’m taking Homelander over any Villian in Cinema History.

– Alien on Twitter

Agreed, the man is brilliant as Homelander.

– JTheGreat on Twitter

Some fans are so impressed that they’re drawing comparisons between Antony Starr’s performance and Heath Ledger’s iconic portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight. Ledger’s portrayal is widely regarded as one of the greatest villain roles in comic book history and cinema overall. While some believe Starr has the potential to match or even surpass Ledger’s Joker, not everyone agrees with such a bold assertion.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Antony Starr’s performance in The Boys deserves to be considered among the greatest comic book supervillain performances of all time? How does he compare to the late Heath Ledger? We’re eager to hear your opinions, so please share them with us in the comments below!

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