Based on The New York Times best-selling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys was developed by showrunner Eric Kripke (Supernatural), who also serves as writer and executive producer. So with the sad farewell of Supernatural last year, fans can look forward to Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) in The Boys for Season 3. Ackles will portray 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.
Showrunner and Executive Producer of The Boys Eric Kripke stated, “When I was a child, I had a crazy, impossible dream — to provide Jensen Ackles with gainful employment. I’m happy to say that dream has come true. Jensen is an amazing actor, an even 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.”
The even more intense, more insane Season 2 last October saw The Boys on the run from the law, hunted by the Supes, and desperately trying to regroup and fight back against Vought. In hiding, Hughie (Jack Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) try to adjust to a new normal, with Butcher (Karl Urban) nowhere to be found. Starlight (Erin Moriarty) navigated her place in The Seven as Homelander (Antony Starr) set his sights on taking complete control. His power was threatened with the addition of Stormfront (Aya Cash), a social media-savvy new Supe, who had an agenda of her own. On top of that, the Supervillain threat took centre stage and made waves as Vought capitalises on the nation’s paranoia.
The Supes of The Seven also include Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), A-Train (Jessie T. Usher), The Deep (Chace Crawford) and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell). Recurring stars in season two include Claudia Doumit, Goran Visnijc, Malcolm Barrett, Colby Minifie, Shantel VanSanten, Cameron Crovetti, PJ Byrne, Laila Robbins and Giancarlo Esposito returning as Vought boss Stan Edgar, among others.
Jensen Ackles jumps straight into The Boys after fifteen seasons of Supernatural, has also starred in the 2009 remake of Patrick Lussier’s 1981 slasher film, “My Bloody Valentine 3D” opposite Jaime King, where he played Tom, a principled man who returns to his home in Harmony, Missouri 10 years after 22 people were murdered on Valentine’s night. Additionally, he starred in David Winkler’s “Devour” for Sony Pictures and David Mackay’s independent romantic comedy, “Ten Inch Hero”. His previous television roles include playing Jason Teague on the WB’s “Smallville,” Alec/X5-494 on Fox’s “Dark Angel” and C.J. on the WB’s “Dawson¹s Creek”. Additionally, he starred in the mini-series, “Blonde”, opposite Patrick Dempsey and Poppy Montgomery.
Ackles began his acting career in 1997 as the critically acclaimed ‘Eric Roman Brady’ on “Days of our Lives” for which he received three Daytime Emmy nominations and won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Male Newcomer in 1998.
Along with his wife, Danneel, Jensen is active in raising awareness and funds for various social interests. They partnered with and are on the board of a charity founded by Jensen’s Supernatural co-star, Misha Collins, called RandomActs — an organization aiming to change the world by spreading positivity in communities everywhere. The Ackles’ have recently partnered with Random Acts to create a new initiative to revolutionize high school education in 2020 by bringing laptops into the villages of Nicaragua in the era of Covid-19 and the need for virtual instruction.
The Ackles’ are also strong supporters of Creative Action, a nonprofit, arts-based youth development organization that provides creative learning programs for Central Texas youth. They also support OutYouth, an organization providing a safe space for all sexual orientations and gender identities and The Birthday Party Project, and organization that throws birthday parties for children in homeless shelters. Lastly, the Ackles’ fund a donor-advised fund that directs funding to other charity organizations based on interest and need.