'The Boys' Season 3: Why did Jensen Ackles never read anything about Soldier Boy?
The introduction of Soldier Boy on ‘The Boys’ was undoubtedly one of the best decisions made by the creators. The character, not only turned everything upside down, but it also made things interesting because of one bombastic revelation. Soldier Boy, played by the supremely talented Jensen Ackles, made his debut in episode four of ‘The Boys’ Season 3. The ‘Supernatural’ star played a very different version of the character and has a lot of differences from the Soldier Boy that we saw in the comics.
The version of Soldier Boy seen on ‘The Boys’ feels more like a darker version of MCU’s Captain America. Meanwhile, in comics, there are mainly two versions of Soldier Boy and only one of them is strong-willed. Fans were quite happy to see a newer version of the character and applauded Ackles for his performance. However, it seems the star didn’t know much about the character while shooting for the show.
Usually, stars portraying superheroes or supervillains do a lot of research about the character and then, give it a personal touch while doing a project. Who can forget how deep late actor Heath Ledger went into the world of Joker while preparing for his role in ‘The Dark Knight’. But it seems Ackles didn’t have to go back and read stuff because of how beautifully the character was conceptualized by the writers of the show.
In a recent interview, the star revealed that he was told not to read any stuff that’s written around his character and trust his instincts while playing the modified version of Soldier Boy. While speaking with The Wrap, Ackles also noted that the show’s creator Eric Kripke “steered” him away from reading anything.
“Honestly, Kripke and his crew, they write such colorful dialogue and descriptors that, you know, I even asked him, I said, ‘Do you want me to read the comics and brush up on who this guy is?’ And he steered me away from that and said, ‘No, don’t do that. I don’t want that to affect any choices you might make,’” Ackles said.
The actor also praised the writers for such “amazing writing” and felt very fortunate that he is working with so many talented people.
Season 3 of the Amazon Prime Video series made us realize how lethal Soldier Boy can be. In the show, the character was recruited to kill Homelander. However, it is soon revealed that Homelander is actually his son. But that doesn’t make Soldier Boy sentimental and all he wants is a fight. At one time, Soldier Boy became too hard to control and that’s when Homelander and The Butcher had to come together and defeat the menacing character.
However, his fate is somewhat unknown because the epic battle between the three ends with Maeve tackling Soldier Boy out of the building and no one knows what happened after that. The concluding moments of ‘The Boys’ Season 3 saw him getting back to storage, which means Soldier Boy might return in near future.
Fans absolutely loved the character and hope to see him in the fourth edition as well.
‘The Boys’ is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.