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Is Black Noir a Homelander Clone in the Show?
Credit: Amazon Studios

Since the debut of The Boys, there has been significant speculation about whether Black Noir is a clone of Homelander. The speculation stemmed from the adapted comics, which revealed that Noir was a clone of Homelander. Curiosity grew further after The Boys Season 4, with the new Black Noir showing the ability to fly.

So, is the new Black Noir in The Boys Season 4 a clone of Homelander simply because he can fly? Was Homelander’s DNA, or part of it, extracted to give the new Noir his powers and abilities? Here are your answers.

No, the new Black Noir is not a clone of Homelander.

The new Noir, portrayed by Nathan Mitchell, an actor of Trinidadian and Jamaican descent who previously played the original Noir, stands in contrast to Homelander, portrayed by Antony Starr, a New Zealand actor.

The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke has revealed why he decided against adapting a major Black Noir twist from the comics into the TV series. Speaking to Variety, Kripke addressed how the comic twist revealed Black Noir as a deranged Homelander clone framing Homelander for heinous acts. However, he opted not to pursue this storyline for the show.

He acknowledged the twist’s impact but felt it would undermine the character dynamics he wanted to establish. Kripke emphasized his preference for maintaining Homelander as the central antagonist. He steered away from the clone concept as too fantastical for the grounded tone of The Boys’ universe.

It is unconfirmed whether the new Black Noir’s powers in Season 4 were derived from DNA extracted from Homelander.

However, it seems likely, as the new Noir mentioned his ability to fly. This scenario wouldn’t be entirely surprising, as the series has explored similar concepts before, such as using Soldier Boy’s DNA to create Homelander.

Source: Amazon Studios