Eric Kripke Explains Soldier Boy’s Purpose in The Boys Season 3
One of the most exciting new additions to the cast of The Boys’ highly-anticipated third season is Soldier Boy, the world’s first superhero. Based on what we know so far, he will have a more significant function to perform than his comic book counterpart did in Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s original comic book. Now, showrunner Eric Kripke is offering new hints about Soldier Boy’s motives.
While speaking with Vanity Fair, Kripke teased what role Soldier Boy will play when season 3 hits Amazon Prime. And it sounds like he’ll be doing a lot more than just shaking things up for the title characters.
“Season 3 delves a lot more into the history of how we got here through this character of Soldier Boy,” explained Kripke. “We were able to dig into both the history of the country and also really look at toxic masculinity, and masculine roles, and what a s**t-show that’s overall caused. This whole f***ing, independent Marlboro man thing.”
Soldier Boy also gives Kripke the chance to reunite with his former Supernatural star Jensen Ackles. However, Ackles wasn’t always a shoe-in for the part.
“We had written Soldier Boy long before I cast Jensen,” added Kripe. “The majority of the guys we were looking at for that part were actually quite older than Jensen. Because it’s a World War II hero. But it’s so funny how these things sometimes happen. Jensen called me and I’m not on the show anymore but we keep in touch and text every so often.
But he happened to call me and we were just chatting and I’m like well I’m prepping Season 3 of the show, and I have this character Soldier Boy, and it was a real pain in the to cast, and I haven’t really found anyone. Hey, wait a minute, do you want to do it? I sent him the script, and he’s like, oh my God, I totally want to do this. Less than a week later, he was cast. He just happened to call that day, is one of the big reasons he got that part.”
Beyond the political commentary, season 3 is also leaving plenty of room for The Boys‘ trademark bloodshed and raunchy humor. And it doesn’t get much raunchier than the upcoming “Herogasm” episode, which draws influence from one of the comic’s most risqué storylines. According to Kripke, it also marks the limit of how far the producers are willing to push the envelope.
“There will be no topping up ‘Herogasm,’” said Kripke. “Now that I’ve seen the dailies of this thing, I’m like, what have we done? It’s just so crazy. They’ve always let us do what we wanted to do but I think because of that it comes with a responsibility to moderate and modulate ourselves. You never want to fall on the side of just being gratuitous and just gross. I don’t want this show to be irresponsible. I want it to be shocking and outrageous, but of a moral universe.”
Amazon hasn’t set a release date for The Boys season 3. But it may arrive later this year.
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