Jensen Ackles is going from Supernatural to superhero in Amazon Prime Video's critically acclaimed series The Boys.
After months of anticipation, the long-awaited first-look of Jensen Ackles in the Soldier Boy supersuit for the third season of The Boys has finally been released!
He's All Supe-d Up! Check out Jensen Ackles as Soldier Boy in The Boys
Long before the Seven was formed, the Payback was the main superhero group saving the world (though that's debatable). They were led by a superhero called Soldier Boy, who has very Captain America-ish origins. Soldier Boy fought in World War II, during a period of time where Frederik Vought was testing out Compound V in the field. This begs the question, is Soldier Boy appearing in flashbacks or in the present storyline?
The Super Suit was designed by Laura Jean Shannon and concept artist Greg Hopwood.
When designing the Soldier Boy Super Suit, Shannon noted, “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.”
Knowing that Soldier Boy is a fan-favorite character from the original graphic novels, Showrunner Eric Kripke knew the importance of the Super Suit, saying, “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.”
Not much is known about how Soldier Boy will factor into the third season of the series. Fans of the graphic novels will know that Soldier Boy had a very interesting relationship with Homelander (Antony Starr) during an arc that is allegedly being adapted for the upcoming season. The Boys has held nothing back with the previous two seasons, so perhaps we will see the Herogasm in live-action.
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