The Illuminerdi had the opportunity to speak to The Boys Presents: Diabolical‘s Executive Producer Simon Racioppa and Supervising Director Giancarlo Volpe at WonderCon about the brilliance and direction of how the anthology series not only came to be but what went on behind the scenes.
How The Celebrity Writers of Diabolical Came About
Simon Racioppa explained that the series was a creative decision from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to put a call out to work with exciting and awesome creatives who are fans of the show and would want to add to it.
“…What’s your version of a short film set in the world of The Boys? We reached out and Awakfina said she would love to do it, and she pitched the idea if someone had Compound V in their poop, and she pitched the story of the episode she was involved in. Then it turns out every actor we brought in pitched us their take, and Showrunner and creator Eric Kripke, Seth, and Evan sort of talked about the ideas until we were all happy with it and we were like great go off and write it.”Simon Racioppa, Executive Producer of The Boys Presents: Diabolical
What About The Boys Presents: Diabolical Season 2?
During the interview, the question of a possible Season 2 renewal or extension was proposed, and Racioppa brought light to that as well.
“You should ask Amazon that, and I’m hopeful. Of course, the stock answer is if you watch it a lot, and keep it running. With the more house, it’s running in that would help us a lot get a second season.”Simon Racioppa, Executive Producer of The Boys Presents: Diabolical
In addition to the possibility of a renewal in the cards the question of where the line has to be drawn for the writers, and everyone involved for going past the limits of television.
“We try not to say that there really wasn’t one we couldn’t do, we were just sometimes like okay what if we just like trim it a little bit, squeeze it in a little bit we just take out that part because that part, and it wasn’t because it was like that’s too much to see. It was because we couldn’t animate it, and we couldn’t do it in time.”Simon Racioppa, Executive Producer of The Boys Presents: Diabolical
Giancarlo Volpe touched upon the fact it was more restrictive by the thought and possibility
“If we can draw it in a short amount of time, and it came to the crunch of animation.Giancarlo Volpe, Supervising Director of The Boys Presents: Diabolical
Racioppa explained that they first start with the scripts and in turn, they become pitches and then the process behind how can they make this work, due to the short timeframe of only having ten months to make and release the entire series.
Of course with the various styles of animation that the show produced, for example, Animaniacs/Looney Tunes, cutesy anime, and American animation, the idea of where the series could head forward if a Season 2 did get announced was revealed as well from Volpe, and Racciopa
Where Season 2 Could Go
“It would be fun to do something in CG, but of course, CG does take longer, but there are other ideas we are currently looking into. Of course, there is some crazier stuff we could also do as well” Volpe confirmed.Giancarlo Volpe, Supervising Director of The Boys Presents: Diabolical
Racioppa also conveyed that the beauty of Diabolical is how every season would feel different and not rehash the same styles of animation and stories.
“The promise of Diabolical is that it’s all-new every season, and we don’t repeat ourselves ever. We could do a live-action segment, puppet show, and theater production, or possibly a podcast.”Simon Racioppa, Executive Producer of The Boys Presents: Diabolical
The 10-month crunch did factor into the short span and length of the episodes and it turns out it was because of design, and the series would always be short.
Racioppa mentioned the fact the series was always going to be shorter vignettes
“It was always gonna be shorts, and we were talking about 11-13 minutes because that’s all we could get done in the 10-month span. If we made them any longer we would still be working on them right now.”Simon Racioppa, Executive Producer of The Boys Presents: Diabolical
Volpe did raise the fact that kids’ animation is in the range of 11-13 minute shorts and his prior work with Disney Star vs the Forces of Evil was a great benchmark to realize the potential for a story to be told in a shorter frame can actually work.
Volpe unveiled a few of his favorite and darkest episodes while revealing how he thinks the character of Areola – a little poop monster is quite cute and smells like baby powder.
I mean there are couple of moments where I’m like oh… you know one moment was where Black Noir snaps the womans neck at the end. Like nope he’s part of the seven and that moment makes me wince. Somehow the character of Areola is cute to me, maybe she defines all poop logic and smells like baby powder.”Giancarlo Volpe, Supervising Director of The Boys Presents: Diabolical
To note, all questions and answers are available in the exclusive interview down below. The Boys: Presents Diabolical is officially streaming on Prime Video and The Boys Season 3 is slated for release on June 3, 2022, later this summer.