The Deep, Mila Kunis, Kumail Nanjiani, and others satirize Wonder Woman actor Gal Gadot’s “Imagine” video in The Boys’ “Herogasm” episode.
This article contains spoilers for The Boys Season 3, Episode 6 “Herogasm.”
Season 3 of The Boys‘ much anticipated “Herogasm” adaptation featured a star-studded sequence mocking the notorious 2020 celebrity cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” released by DC Extended Universe actress Gal Gadot.
The sequence in Episode 6 of the Prime Video series’ newest season opened with an internet video made by The Deep, played by Chace Crawford, attempting to comfort the public following the recent “supervillain” attacks. The supe then goes on to say that “we’re all in this together” before he begins singing “Imagine.” Along with A-Train and Black Noir, the video includes cameos of various real-world celebrities Patton Oswalt (who previously voiced The Deep’s gills in Season 2) Josh Gad, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Elizabeth Banks, Kumail Nanjiani, Aisha Tyler and Rose Byrne.
Released during the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns in the United States, the original cover of Lennon’s 1971 song was organized by Gadot in an attempt to “get through [the pandemic] together.” Although the 2020 video lacks any superpowered individuals, it did feature Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Will Ferrell, Mark Ruffalo and many other celebrities. The video received intense public backlash, with many feeling it was tone-deaf considering the lyrics referencing there being “no heaven” as many people were dying due to COVID-19.
The Wonder Women star has since admitted that the video wasn’t as effective as she was hoping it would be. In October 2020, Gadot said she “had nothing but good intentions and it came from the best place, and I just wanted to send light and love to the world.” In January 2022, she went on to further admit that the video “wasn’t the right timing, and it wasn’t the right thing. It was in poor taste.”
Based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic book series, The Boys has been critically acclaimed for its satirical elements of modern American culture and politics. In a recent interview, showrunner Eric Kripke confirmed the long-suspected fact that main antagonist Homelander is meant to represent former President of the United States, Donald Trump.
“[Homelander has] always been a Trump analogue for me,” Kripke said. “I’ll admit to being a little more bald this season than I have in past seasons. But the world is getting more coarse and less elegant. The urgency of our team’s writing reflects that.”
New episodes of The Boys Season 3 air every Friday on Prime Video.
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