Amazon Releases First Look At Jensen Ackles’ Character In ‘The Boys’
Amazon Prime Video has released the first official image of Jensen Ackles as his character in the adult comic book television series The Boys created by Eric Kripke. Ackles will join the main cast for the show’s third season. This is not the first time in which actor has worked with Kripke, he is best known for starring as Dean Winchester, one of the two main leads in the long-running fantasy drama series Supernatural, a show that was also created by Kripke which ran from 2005 to 2020. Many fans are excited to see Ackles act alongside Karl Urban and Antony Starr.
Ackles will be portraying the character Soldier Boy, an iconic superhero. Soldier Boy is one of the many corrupt superheroes who work under Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito), the manipulative CEO of the shady corporation Vought. Like many superhero characters in The Boys, Soldier Boy is based on an existing comic book character, with the hero being an homage to the iconic Marvel character Captain America. According to Ackles, Soldier Boy will often butt heads with Homelander (played by Starr), who is annoyed with the latter’s arrogant personality and is well aware of his horrific true nature.
The official image shows Ackles in the Soldier Boy costume which has a green color with red gloves and boots. The costume has a military gear-style texture to it with armor covering his chest and knees. The character is also seen holding a metal shield (another reference to Captain America). The costume was designed by Greg Hopwood and Laura Jean Shannon. According to Shannon, the costume was meant to have a cowboy-style feel to it reminiscent of John Wayne and Steve McQueen. “Soldier Boy is the original badass. 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. 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.”
Kripke has expressed his excitement with Ackles appearing in the show. “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.”