For two seasons now, Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys has done very well. The combination of flawed and villainous heroes and ultraviolence seemed to sit well with audiences. Especially with the over-saturation of Marvel and DC films and television shows that sometimes just follow the same cookie-cutter type of stories for audiences to digest.
Last summer, while we were all locked down, we learned that season three of The Boys would introduce another character from the comic written by Garth Ennis. That would be the Captain America parody, Soldier Boy. Then it was also revealed that he would be played by The CW Supernatural veteran, Jensen Ackles.
Yesterday via Amazon Studios we got our first look at Ackles in his full Soldier Boy costume in an official image. You can check it out below!
Being Soldier Boy is an obvious parody of Captain America in The Boys, I wondered how close they were willing to match his costume. Looking at the image I thought they did a good job at making it look comic accurate. We can see part of his shield which looks like it will have the eagle on it. Also, we can see an eagle on his chest with a star in the middle. I wonder though if this costume is going to have a headpiece or not.
The costume for Soldier Boy was designed by Laura Jean Shannon and concept artist Greg Hopwood. Shannon commented on some of the qualities of the character in The Boys that they noted while designing the costume.
“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.”
The Boys’ showrunner Erik Kripke knew that Soldier Boy was a fan-favorite in the comics. So he understood how important the design of the suit would be. As well as how excited he is for audiences to see Ackles in action.
“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.”
The costume designs on The Boys have been fabulous. This first look at Ackles as Soldier Boy has me ready to see him in action. Also see what kind of trouble he is going to get in with The Seven. As more information about season three of The Boys is released, we will be sure to share it with all of you! What do you think of our first look at Ackles in costume? Let us know in the comment section below!
Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys season one and two can be seen exclusively on their streaming service.