In Season Three of The Boys, now airing on Amazon Prime, Ackles plays Soldier Boy, a hyper-patriotic superhero – and possible answer to the question: what if Ted Nugent had become Captain America? – created during WWII to fight Nazis, who’s gone missing after a disastrous mission in Nicaragua in the 80s.
In episode four, Glorious Five Year Plan, he’s seen in flashback, performing a version of Rapture on the TV show Solid Gold, a genuine, US syndicated chart show that ran from 1980-1988 and counted soul superstar Dionne Warwick, comedian Arsenio Hall and singer and younger brother of the Bee Gees, Andy Gibb amongst its hosts.
Rapture itself has been credited as the first rap song to have been broadcast on MTV, and Soldier Boy’s comedically stiff rendition on The Boys is shot in retro, VCR-quality style, complete with screen distortion and true-to-the-show backing dancers. The lines about a ‘man from mars’ eating bars and cars could well be taken as reference to the relentless nature of the series lead superhero and villain, Homelander.
After the full version of the song was posted on the official The Boys Twitter accounts, Debbie Harry was clearly impressed, relying “Holy sh*t!! Epic” and then later, “Speechless!”
Antony Starr, who plays Homelander then responded “Epic indeed!! The version you never knew you needed” to which Debby Harry replied “Homelander lazer us!!!” in reference to the character’s habit of severing people in half with his laser eyes.
Holy sh*t!! Epic @TheBoysTV https://t.co/1dpvKLppD6June 10, 2022
Homelander lazer us!!!June 10, 2022
Rapture is one of a host of songs to feature on season three of The Boys, alongside the original tracks, Chimps Don’t Cry and Not Without My Dolphin, but now with an official endorsement, Soldier Boy’s take on Blondie’s classic, which reached No.5 in the UK chart and hit No.1 on the US Billboard chart in 1981, offers hope that a Blondie/The Boys crossover will happen for season four.