Jimmy Olsen as the Guardian Revealed in Supergirl Season 2
The Supergirl Season 2 Premiere on The CW set a ratings record for the network on Monday night, setting the tone for the season ahead. During a press screening for the second episode on Tuesday, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed that Mehcad Brooks' Jimmy Olsen will in fact become the DC Comics hero The Guardian, signalling yet another big shift between Jimmy's character in the comics and the series. Earlier today, Mehcad Brooks himself took to social media, to give fans the first look at Jimmy suited up as The Guardian.
This new Instagram photo reveals that The Guardian costume will be much different than the comics as well. The character was originally created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, portrayed as a Metropolis cop named Jim Harper who covered the Suicide Slum section of the city, before he became a vigilante to protect the city from its criminals. Andrew Kriesberg teased at yesterday's screening (via TV Line), that he won't be telling Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) his secret. Here's what he had to say below.
"James is going to decide that he can no longer be a sidekick, so he's going to become a vigilante. 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 decides not to tell her. There's this new masked vigilante, and she has her own feelings about vigilantes. ... And he's recruited Winn to help him. Winn is his man in the van. Winn and James together is like comedy gold."
This comes after the events in the season premiere, where both Kara ended her romantic relationship with Jimmy, which will certainly become more complicated with Jimmy keeping this vigilante secret from Kara. When asked why they decided to put an end to the Jimmy Olsen romance, Andrew Kreisberg said they were pursuing that relationship for the wrong reasons. Here's what he had to say below.
"We sort of felt like we were pursuing that relationship more because we felt like we had to than any of us was really truly feeling it. We realized the best scenes between them were the nice, sweet scenes where they were being friends."
While we don't know exactly when they will happen yet, Supergirl will be involved in two different crossovers this season, one with Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, where all four heroes will face The Dominators, and a musical crossover with The Flash. We also don't know when Jimmy Olsen will transform into The Guardian, but we'll keep you posted with more details. Take a look at this new Supergirl Season 2 photo below, as Season 2 continues Monday, October 17 at 8 PM ET on The CW.