The Boys: Amazon Studios Unveils the First Look at Jensen Ackles' Soldier Boy
Amazon Studios released a full costume reveal for Jensen Ackles' The Boys Season 3 character, Soldier Boy.
The image offers a first look at Ackles as Soldier Boy, who will make his debut in The Boys Season 3. "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,” costume designer Laura Jean Shannon told Variety. "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."
The military green costume was designed by Shannon and her team, who have designed costumes for The Boys as well as Superman & Lois, Stargirl, Black Lightning and Doom Patrol, along with concept artist Greg Hopwood.
Ackles' teased his full character reveal yesterday on Instagram, along with a picture of Soldier Boys' shield. "Every dent, every scratch, every mark tells a story. A story that ends with me, winning," Ackles said in the caption. Recently, the actor shared his workout routine for his upcoming superhero role, saying, "These superhero workouts are much different. It was so much easier when all I had to do was wear flannel."
It was announced Aug. 2020 that the Supernatural alum would play Soldier Boy in The Boys Season 3, the first superhero manufactured by Vaught Industries in World War II, described as "the original Superhero" and "a mainstay of American culture for decades." The reveal of Ackles as Soldier Boy was also teased in a "memorial" post for the hero by Vought Industries, which featured new artwork from The Boys comic co-creator, Darick Robertson.
Actor Laz Alonso, who plays Mother's Milk on the series, has stated that as every season gets "darker and darker," the addition of Soldier Boy into the main cast "allowed [showrunner Eric Kripke] to not only bring in a character historically who's pretty dark, but it also makes all of the other ensemble Supes darker as well." Kripke himself has teased that the season premiere will be literally "mind-blowing," with the official Twitter account for TheBoys saying the "editing room is fully covered in gore already and they're only working on episode 1."
Amazon Studios' The Boys stars Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, Jack Quaid as Hughie, Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk, Tomer Kapon as Frenchie, Karen Fukuhara as Kimiko, Erin Moriarty as Annie January, Chace Crawford as The Deep, Antony Starr as Homelander, Katia Winter as Little Nina and Jensen Ackles as Soldier Boy. Seasons 3 has yet to receive a premiere date.