THE BOYS Star Jensen Ackles Reveals New Details About "Curmudgeon, Bigoted Asshole" Soldier Boy
Supernatural alum Jensen Ackles will play Soldier Boy in season 3 of The Boys, and the actor has now revealed some surprising details about this version of the "hero" and how he's introduced in the series.
With Supernatural now in his rearview mirror, Jensen Ackles is moving on to different roles, including Soldier Boy in The Boys season 3. There's a huge amount of excitement to see what both the actor and character bring to Amazon's hit series, and Ackles dropped a few new details during a recent conversation with Michael Rosenbaum on his Inside Of You podcast (via CBR).
Describing the character as a "jackass," the actor added: "He's a grandpa. He's from the '40s. He fought in World War II, and he's just this curmudgeon, bigoted asshole. He doesn't age, so he's this 40-year-old superhero who's really 80 years old or 90 years old."
That sounds a lot like the Ultimate version of Captain America, and Ackles would go on to reveal where we find Soldier Boy when his arc in The Boys begins.
"There's just so much material there," he said of getting to explore this character on screen. "He's [got] a taste for people who were of his era. They find me and I've been essentially in captivity for a while. And so, when they do, I'm bearded and I look like [I'm from the movie] Cast Away, but then they clean me up and I get my superhero outfit back on and I go to town."
Soldier Boy has previously been described as "Homelander before Homelander" by showrunner Eric Kripke, so anyone hoping The Boys is about to get a real hero will likely be disappointed. There were two versions of the character in the comic books, and we're guessing the plan is to pull from both of them (but probably not have him get intimate with Homelander in a quest to join The Seven).
The Boys season 3 is set to premiere on June 3.