It’s not to much to be getting ahead of ourselves with The Boys. We’re only weeks away from the release of Season 2 on September 4, and with the ultra-violent, ultra-insane superhero series renewed for a third season, the weeks are already beginning to turn.
In a surprising announcement, Supernatural veteran Jensen Ackles has been confirmed by Variety to be joining the series in the role of Soldier Boy, the world’s first costumed superhero in The Boys universe. As described by Variety, “after Soldier Boy fought in World War II, he became the first super celebrity and a mainstay of American culture for decades.”
Ackles casting reunites him with Supernatural creator and The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke who is excited about the possibilities of working again with Ackles saying, “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.’”
To celebrate his casting in the show, Ackles took to Instagram and shared a very tongue in cheek video:
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Ackles casting in The Boys is slightly meta as well as Soldier Boy is a clear allusion to the character of Captain America, whom Ackles was actually a frontrunner to play back in 2011 when Marvel was looking to cast the iconic character, with other actors including Ryan Phillippe and John Krasinski also testing for the role before Chris Evans was cast in the lead.
But like most of you I’m thinking that Ackles turn as Soldier Boy won’t be completely patriotic and that this WWII hero will likely just be as crazy as his future descendants’ such as the sadistic Homelander (Antony Starr).
The Boys is far and away one of the coolest series currently airing and with news like this it just keeps getting better and better.
The Boys Season Two will arrive on Amazon Prime on September 4.