With Supergirl returning to our screens last night – and in fine fashion: if you haven’t already, go watch it – there was a change in dynamic and we got the feeling that James “Jimmy” Olsen (played by Mehcad Brooks) might go in a different direction this season.
And, boy, were we right?
Olsen is set to become a DC hero this season: The Guardian.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said: “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.”
Olsen is no stranger to being a hero – at least in the comics – including Elastic Lad, Flamebird, and even Mr. Action, but Guardian is different.
Originally created in 1942 by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby for DC’s Star-Spangled Comics, the character has been used intermittently since then by the publisher. One of the fictional characters behind the Guardian comic book identity has appeared previously in Supergirl. Eddie McClintock played James Harper in a first season episode, but never assumed the Guardian identity as he did in comic books.
It looks like Kara – Supergirl – will have an issue with it as she doesn’t like vigilantes: “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,” Kreisberg said.
We still have no idea when it’ll happen, but it’s coming…
And here’s how he’ll look.
Thoughts? Let us know…
Oh and this how he looks in the comics, just for reference…