Jensen Ackles will star in the third instalment of Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys as Soldier Boy. The streamer shared the first look images of his character today
A mere 24 hours after Jensen Ackles teased The Boys fans with a picture of his character’s shield on Twitter, Amazon Prime Video has further added to the fans’ joy by sharing the first-look of Ackles in the Soldier Boy supersuit. The Supernatural alum will be joining the case of Amazon Prime Video’s graphic, but immensely popular, superhero series The Boys. Ackles is all set to join the cast in the third instalment of the show.
According to the DC comic books from which the series has been inspired, Soldier Boy is the first superhero who makes an appearance right at the inception of the tale. The Boys puts an interesting spin on the classic superhero tales - the two seasons of the show follow a group of superheroes who discover that The Seven (an evil superhero gang) is using their powers to cause more harm than good. Subsequently, our beloved Supes try to stop The Seven by resorting to epic battles, lots of profanity and dashes of humour.
Ackles’ Soldier Boy super suit was designed by Laura Jean Shannon and concept artist Greg Hopwood. Clad in red boots and gloves, and a forest green super suit, Jensen looks ready to jump right into the middle of action in The Boys. “He's the f'n Captain now, America (sic).” reads the caption to the post.
Shannon commented on the vision and the process behind designing the suit. “Soldier Boy is the original bad ass. Our goal was to highlight a bygone era of overt masculinity and grit. With that pedigree we dove headfirst into baking in an all-American quality grounded in a military soldier’s practicality with a heavy dose of old school cowboy swagger,” she said. Acknowledging Ackles’ prowess as a versatile actor, she added, “We knew that the actor had to have Steve McQueen looks and chops with a John Wayne attitude, luckily Jensen Ackles embodies all of that.”
Showrunner Eric Kripke, who has extensively worked with Ackles on the set of Supernatural, understood the importance of Soldier Boy in the narrative. “When I cast Jensen as Soldier Boy, the first thing I said was, ‘I’m most excited for you, because of the amazing process you’ll go through with LJ, our Super Suit designer.’ It took six months but the experience surpassed Jensen’s expectations. LJ has made a work of art that tips its hat to the WWII Soldier Boy from the comics, while taking it in a sleek new direction. And if you think the photos are cool, just wait till you see Jensen in action. It’s one of my very favorite suits. Also, now you can quit clogging my Twitter notifications with demands to see it,” said Kripke.
Fans are beyond excited to see Ackles bring Soldier Boy to life in their favourite superhero show, which ironically celebrates the anti-heroes more. The first two seasons of The Boys can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video. The third season is currently under production and is expected to premiere in 2022.