So after the dust settled on the three-episode Season 3 return of Amazon and Showrunner & EP Eric Kripke’s The Boys, things are worse than ever. A newly-emboldened and progressively psychotic Homelander (Antony Starr) has gone from pariah to “golden boy” once again and he’s looking to make folks pay… especially Starlight (Erin Moriarty). Meanwhile, Butcher (Karl Urban) begins #TheHuntForSoldierBoy, but is finding Jensen Ackles’ original supe the one mission that Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso) wants to see fail?
Kripke & Ackles offer some more intel on why Ackles was perfect for Soldier Boy, and why Soldier Boy represents every bad aspect of masculinity during a recent interview.
Kripke on Why Ackles Was Perfect for Soldier Boy: “Jensen, he’s the best. Obviously, I’ve worked with him for a minute and everything I throw at him, I know he can do. He can be charming. He can be funny. He can be scary. He can credibly do action. He can make you cry, and so I needed somebody who could do all those colors. Once Jensen was locked in, it [was] a relief for me, really, because I know him so well that I can write really confidently.”
When Soldier Boy Returns, Ackles Teases That He Returns with a Mission: “Playing the oldest superhero on the scene with a bunch of new faces, essentially, it was… Just kind of keeping him on mission, on task. He’s back, he’s got vendetta, and he’s got a list of people that he’s checking off. So it was more of just watching him go through this physical journey, not necessarily an emotional journey.”