Call it a Supernatural reunion.
Amazon announced Monday that Supernatural star Jensen Ackles will appear in the third season of The Boys as Soldier Boy, the world’s original superhero. According to the character description, he fought in World War II and became the first super celebrity. In the comics, he is a legacy hero notable for his innocence in regards to superhero debauchery.
But back in our world, the production will reunite Ackles with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, who serves as showrunner on The Boys. “When I was a child, I had a crazy, impossible dream — to provide Jensen Ackles with gainful employment,” Kripke quipped in a statement. “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.”
It is unclear when production on the third season will begin, but with Canada’s film industry slowly resuming — Vancouver productions are set to start soon while Wynonna Earp is already filming the latter half of its fourth season in Calgary — it could happen surprisingly soon. In fact, Ackles and Supernatural co-star Jared Padalecki should be heading back to finish the final episodes of the long-running CW series soon. It’s season premiere is slated for October 8th. UPDATE: In an interview with Collider, Kripke said the current plan is to begin filming in Toronto this coming January.
The second season of The Boys, meanwhile, is set to debut on September 4th with three new episodes. The remaining five will stream weekly through October 9th.