Black Noir’s chief cartoon compatriot in “The Boys” season 3 is Buster Beaver, who acts as the buck-toothed liaison for the animated Chuck E. Cheese-like critters that only live inside his head. Since Black Noir himself functions as the show’s silent but deadly Batman analog, it’s not a stretch to see Buster Beaver as the Bat-Mite of “The Boys” universe. In a perfect world, maybe, we’d have a Black Noir and Buster Beaver spin-off, but alas, Kripke and company realized in the eleventh hour that they had to kill off Noir:
“As we were mapping out the story for the finale, we realized it. The way this process goes, is you’re outlining episode eight while you’re writing episode three or four. So, we said, ‘OK, well, if we’re heading in this direction, let’s really give everybody who Noir is, where he comes from.’ And the fact that we’re definitely implying that he sees animated characters everywhere he goes and that there have been animated characters all around him for three seasons now, which I sort of love. We got to know what we needed to know about him, and then it was time for him to head off with Buster Beaver to the Buster Beaver Pizza in the sky.”
For anyone still mourning the loss of Black Noir on “The Boys,” there’s reason to hope. In the wake of the season 3 finale, Kripke mentioned that the show would bring back Mitchell, the man behind the mask, as “a different character who wears the Black Noir suit” in season 4. So it seems we haven’t seen the last of the actor or his costume, at least. For Buster Beaver, however, season 3 of “The Boys” may be the end of the line.
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