In the first look photo from Entertainment Weekly, Jensen Ackles is displayed in full costume and brandishing a large shield. The suit is hunter green and resembles a military uniform, with a black and blue chest plate that kind of looks like a bulletproof vest. Ackles may be difficult to recognize for those who are only used to his clean-cut look from his role in “Supernatural,” as the actor is sporting a beard and longer hair in the photo.
Soldier Boy, the character who Jenson Ackles will be bringing to life in Season 3, is the original Supe to be affiliated with the Vought corporation during World War II: basically, if you think of Homelander as the Superman of “The Boys,” and Queen Maeve as Wonder Woman, then Soldier Boy is a pretty direct parody of Captain America.
In describing the character’s look, costume designer Laura Jean Shannon called Soldier Boy “the original badass,” and described how the character’s history and old-fashioned ideas on masculinity were a big inspiration while creating the look for the hero. “The Boys” creator, Kripke, had plenty of high praise for the show’s costume designer, telling EW that, “[Laura Jean] 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.”
Kripke said that Season 3 will tell Soldier Boy’s history, along with that of his own team of heroes, called Payback. If this costume is anything to go by, fans have a lot to be excited about when “The Boys” returns to Amazon Prime.