For those who have been keen to follow Supernatural with blind loyalty for the past fifteen years, it's known that the show's star, Jensen Ackles, has declined a number of superhero roles due to his devotion to the CW horror smash hit. Now, with the series preparing to take its final bow, Ackles can finally jump in head-first as a hero.
Ackles will be making his heroic debut during season three of Amazon Prime's not-so-heroic The Boys. Taking the tradition of comic books and flipping them on their head, The Boys doesn't dare shy away from the seedy underbelly of supposed do-gooders behind the scenes.
Taking on a very "Captain America"-style mantle, Ackles will play the keynote role of Soldier Boy, "the original superhero. After Soldier Boy fought in World War II, he became the first super celebrity, and a mainstay of American culture for decades." The cinematic title of Captain America was awarded to Chris Evans, but now Ackles will have his time to play with some strikingly similar material.
The Boys set out to make a mockery of and parody the dignified tone of heroes, and won't be any more kind to Soldier Boy, as he portrayed as a bumbling, cowardice Cap. Supernatural's swan song cuts Ackles free of his contract with the show, meaning that he can explore new avenues: even if it means working with Supernatural's Erik Kripke on the rebound.
"When I was a child, I had a crazy, impossible dream — to provide [Ackles] with gainful employment. I’m happy to say that my dream has come true. Jensen is an amazing actor, and even a 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," Kripke said.
The Boys will return to Amazon on September 4, 2020.