Supergirl's Jimmy Olsen Is Becoming a Completely Different DC Superhero

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 - 5:33PM
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Tuesday, 11 October 2016 - 5:33PM
Supergirl's Jimmy Olsen Is Becoming a Completely Different DC Superhero
When Mehcad Brooks was cast as Jimmy Olsen on Supergirl, a portion of the fans were complaining for terrible reasons. Now, Supergirl is actually playing very fast-and-loose with the DC canon, as James is about to become a different DC character entirely.

At a press screening for Supergirl, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg announced (via EW) that Jimmy would become the CW's version of Guardian:
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"James has a pretty big turn coming up," Kreisberg said. "These next few episodes are going to make him realize that being a photographer… is not enough for him, so he's going to go on a pretty exciting career trajectory that we're really pumped by. James is going to decide that he can no longer sit back and be a sidekick, so he's going to decide to become a vigilante and he's going to become Guardian - complete with the shield - which is going to cause a massive problem in his relationship with Kara, because he has decided not to tell her. Now there's this new masked vigilante, and she has her own feelings about vigilantes, and it becomes a push and pull about who gets to decide who gets to be a hero?"
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In the comics, Guardian's alter-ego is Jim Harper (so they've got the first name down, sort of), and is basically DC's answer to Captain America. He has no superpowers, but is a vigilante who carries an indestructible shield. Interestingly, many fans thought that Diggle would become a version of Guardian on Arrow, and although that's clearly off the table, Kreisberg said the move to The CW and into the Arrowverse was a big motivator for the change, since the presence of straight-up vigilantes will help Supergirl fit in with the other shows.

And it won't just be James Olsen who's leading a double life, as he's going to draw Winn into his misadventures:

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"He's recruited Winn [Jeremy Jordan] to help him, Winn is his man in the van, so the two of them are doing this together. Winn and James together is comedy gold. Watching Winn, as he takes his job at the DEO, but then he's lying to everybody about how he's spending his nights, because he's going out with James, and how he walks in exhausted or walks in with a black eye and says he walked into a door, is the fun excitement of building these first 10 episodes."
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Supergirl airs on Mondays at 8pm on The CW.
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