Supernatural star Jenson Ackles revealed on his Instagram page that he has been cast to star in Amazon’s The Boys Season 3. He will be taking on the role of Soldier Boy, the original superhero in the world of the comic series.
With Supernatural about to wrap up its 15-season run, Ackles is ready to jump into a new project, and The Boys is going to be a great series for him to be a part of! I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Ackles ended up in The Boys. After all, Supernatural creator Eric Kripke is the current showrunner and executive producer of The Boys.
Solider Boy is pretty much the Captain America parody character in the series. He has a backstory that is very familiar to Captain America’s, and he became a big celebrity after fighting in World War II. The character’s legacy is described as being “a mainstay of American culture for decades.”
In regards to casting Ackles in the role, Kripke said in a statement:
“When I was a child, I had a crazy, impossible dream — to provide Jensen Ackles with gainful employment. I’m happy to say that dream has come true. Jensen is an amazing actor, an even better person, smells like warm chocolate chip cookies, and I consider him a brother. As Soldier Boy, the very first Superhero, he’ll bring so much humor, pathos, and danger to the role. I can’t wait to be on set with him again, and bring a bit of Supernatural to The Boys.”
Here’s some additional information on Solider Boy and who he is:
Soldier Boy is a parody of Captain America and supposedly second in command of Payback. He is easily frightened and weak willed. In the first issue of Herogasm he was shown after having sex with Homelander who assured him that it wasn’t gay and told him not to speak about it to anyone. Homelander had apparently pressured Soldier Boy into having sex with him by offering the possibility of joining the Seven. He was seen with Payback during the attack on The Boys, where he had his nose bitten off. After his encounter with The Boys, he is shown to be a prisoner of Butcher who is torturing him for information.
In The Boys #53 it is revealed, that there was another Soilder Boy before him, who was supposed to fight in World War II. The first Soldier Boy was introduced to the young commander Greg Mallory as leader of The Avenging Squad, a parody of the Invaders. Because of Soldier Boy’s stupidity and lack of training, both Mallory’s soldiers and the Avenging Squad get killed by Germans, Mallory himself is the sole survivor of the incident. When he finds the severely wounded Soldier Boy, who’s begging for help, he kills him with a grenade in cold blood.
Ackles, who also voiced Jason Todd in the animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood, is a great choice for this role. He will perfectly fit the part of Solider Boy, and it’ll be fun to see how he ends up bringing the character to life.
The Boys season 2 premieres September 4, 2020. Season 3 was announced during Comic-Con last month. What do you all think of Jensen Ackles taking on the role of Solider Boy?
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