“Supergirl” cast member Mehcad Brooks talks about James Olsen growing up and becoming his own man
Superman’s friend Jimmy Olsen looks a whole lot different in CBS’ “Supergirl.” First off, he’s rarely called Jimmy anymore; it’s James, thank you very much. Next, he’s no longer that nervous, nerdy photographer that comic book fans know; he is now in a new city as an art director. He has definitely evolved. And actor Mehcad Brooks who plays him has a lot to say about the evolution.
Mehcad Brooks talked to IGN during this year’s New York Comic Con and he had a lot to say about James Olsen, whom he plays in the CBS series “Supergirl.” He started off by saying that the character is definitely a whole lot different from when it was first conceptualised. He says that his current rendition aims to remove all the “social inequities of the past” and make a character that looks like someone made last year instead of in the 1940s.
Talking of the difference between James Olsen of Metropolis and of National City, Brooks tells IGN, “[He’s] all grown-up. He’s got his own identity now. He’s not just Superman’s friend. He’s his own man. I’m bringing more swag into it.”
Also in the pilot episode were hints of Kara Danvers’ (Melissa Benoist) to James, which leads fans to asking if the latter will ever act on it. Brooks only teased the answer with a vague “we’ll see.”
But he does say how dangerous it is to be hitting on Superman’s cousin. He adds, “You could [hit on Kara]” but that her cousin might “destroy you.” He also invoked the “Bro code” saying it might not be right to act on James Olsen’s attraction to Supergirl’s alter-ego.
The 35-year old actor-fashion model did not stop there. He also hinted that the show will be sticking close to the canon and James Olsen will be forming a “respectful relationship” with Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli).
Watch more of the new James Olsen in CBS as “Supergirl” airs new episodes every Monday, 8:30 p.m.
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