The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke announced today Jensen Ackles will join his Amazon superhero series when he departs The CW’s Supernatural this year – and fans are ecstatic.
Ackles will play Solider Boy AKA the Original Superhero in season three of The Boys. Soldier Boy became the original super celebrity and an icon of US culture after he returned from World War II.
Kripke was effusive about the new addition to The Boys in a statement: “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.”
Kripke continued: “As Soldier Boy, the very first superhero, he’ll bring so much humour, 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.”
Ackles, 42, was welcomed by fans of The Boys, while his own fanbase gave the the casting news an almost universal thumbs-up.
“I don’t think my brain will be capable of processing if I see Karl Urban [Billy Butcher] and Jensen Ackles on screen together,” said one fan on Twitter.
I don't think my brain will be capable of processing if I see Karl Urban and Jensen Ackles on screen together.
— Feona ???? ???????? (@feooonuh) August 17, 2020
This poster reflected the sentiment of The Boys audience. “Already love this show so much! It just got better.”
— Tash (@TashMissBrit) August 17, 2020
An Ackles fan remarked on the “love and respect” Kripke has for the Texan actor.
— Dean Winchester will never die ???? (@MyHeartAckles) August 17, 2020
Random Acts charity director Rachel Miner commented that she feels “lucky there are good people like them who use their power for good in this world, definite superheroes!”
It's is really nice to see some good news these days!! Very happy for @JensenAckles @therealKripke! Also a lovely mention of @RandomActsOrg. Feel lucky there are people like them who use their power for good in this world, definite superheroes! https://t.co/hIvL7ghRpd
— Rachel Miner (@RachelMiner1) August 17, 2020
This fan was feeling overwhelmed about “the power this man has”.
Jensen is trending worldwide and I might as well get up from my desk, cuz I've been re-reading the same email for the past 10 minutes ????
I'll say it again.
Jensen is trending worldwide.
The power this man has ???? #JensenAckles pic.twitter.com/8YGCB8J4af
— i am done, byee (@LexaJ2m) August 17, 2020
Ackles himself chose a stylish way of announcing his casting on Instagram. The actor was expected to take time out after Supernatural ended for ever after 15 seasons, but the opportunity to join a massive show like The Boys must have been irresistible.
Of course, with any significant casting in any franchise there are always doubters. This Ackles fan, for example, doesn’t like The Boys and found it impossible to join in the hysteria surrounding his casting.
#theboys i don't like this show. i tried to watch it but i had to give up. But glad to know that @JensenAckles is having another job offer. But at the same time, sad bc i would prefer to watch j2 again together on the same project. this is what will saddens me the most
— ???? sambeautifulsoul ???? (@samfwinchester) August 17, 2020
The Boys season two will stream on Amazon Prime Video from 4th September.
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