After spending a lot of time at the gym getting fit enough to play Soldier Boy, Jensen Ackles has a much greater appreciation for other superhero actors. After starring in the hit sci-fi series supernatural For 15 years, Ackles’ next big role will see him in the third season of the hit Amazon superhero series the boys. The popular actor will play Soldier Boy, a patriotic superhero who serves as a parody of Captain America.
The role of Soldier Boy has brought about big changes for Ackles, who now seems unrecognizable to many supernatural fans. He has also grown his hair, along with a large bushy beard. Part of his transformation into the character described as “Vought’s first superhero” also means strengthening his muscles, and in a new video posted to Instagram, Ackles can be seen pumping iron at the gym.
“Okay[[[[Arrow star Stephen Amell],[[[[The flash star Grant Gustin], and all you other Supes out there… I’m starting to understand the struggle. Or maybe I’m just too old for this nonsense,” Ackles said in the caption.
In the video itself, the exhausted actor adds, “These superhero workouts are very different. This was so much easier when all I had to do was wear flannel.”
Bringing in Ackles for Season 3 of the boys really paid off for showrunner Eric Kripke, who also supernatural. Ackles has a lot of fans going with him to his next project, and that will only help the boys heading into its third season on Amazon Prime. It also sounds like his role will be significant, as Kripke, who teased Soldier Boy, may serve as the biggest threat to Homelander (Antony Starr) yet.
“He’s one of these guys that’s been around for decades in Vought history. And he was Homelander before Homelander, so he’s from a different era, but he’s got the ego and the ambition — it just comes across in a different way because he from another time,” Kripke previously told Variety, comparing the character to a superhero version of John Wayne.
Set photos and this new training video show us what Ackles will look like as Soldier Boy, but not in the superhero suit. Days ago, Ackles revealed that official photos of himself in the Soldier Boy outfit would be coming “soon”, but it’s not clear exactly when. To promote his appearance on the show, a Twitter account created for the show’s fictional company Vought International posted a comic book cover for Soldier Boy, teasing what his actual costume will look like.
The first two seasons of the boys streaming on Amazon Prime Video. It’s unclear when Season 3 will premiere on the platform, but the cast members have revealed that the new season is halfway through its completion. Hopefully we’ll get some new episodes this year, and let’s also hope those official Soldier Boy photos arrive sooner rather than later. The new take on the Soldier Boy workout routine for the boys comes to us from Instagram.
Topics: The boys