According to a thread on the r/TheBoys subreddit, “The Boys” fans are scratching their heads over a power Homelander seems to only use when the plot dictates. In fact, some fans aren’t quite sure Homelander has that power: super audition. U/AwesomeBaconL kicked off the conversation by referring to a moment on the show where Homelander should have heard Kimiko’s (Karen Fukuhara) commotion after Stormfront (Aya Cash) killed her brother, Kenji (Abraham Lincoln Lim).
Many fans were quick to respond to this criticism, such as u/buddy-thunder, who agreed that one of his main issues with “The Boys” was how often the characters should have been punished by the Homelander audition. . However, u/awesomeproblem pointed out that Homelander’s super hearing might be hard to deal with with all the noise that would likely fill his ears. However, that doesn’t seem to have stopped Homelander from using the power on occasion.
Throughout the TV series and comics, he actually uses it quite frequently. In Vought Tower, Homelander repeatedly uses this ability against characters like A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) and Starlight. In fact, Starlight even goes to the trouble of blasting loud music while talking about Homelander with Supersonic (Miles Gaston Villanueva).
Of course, one potential explanation could simply be that Homelander chooses not to listen out of a sad sense of self-preservation. For all of Homelander’s many super abilities, even Antony Starr noted that the leader of The Seven is arguably the weakest person in the series due to his constant struggles to define himself (via Collider). Maybe even Homelander recognizes that hearing what everyone else is quietly saying about him isn’t the best idea. From what we’ve seen so far, this struggle is slowly leading to Homelander falling apart even more.