Actor Mechad Brooks Cast as Jimmy Olsen in CBS’ ‘Supergirl’ Series

By January 29, 2015

As you may already know, “Supergirl” is coming to CBS. The character, usually depicted as the cousin of Superman, has had her own supporting casts as long as she’s been in publication, but unsurprisingly, members of her cousin’s supporting cast also tend to make appearances as well. It looks like that will be the case in this new show, but with a definite twist.

According to Variety, actor Mechad Brooks (“Necessary Roughness,” “True Blood”) has been cast as James “Jimmy” Olsen, and will serve as Kara’s primary love interest in the series. According to the piece at Variety, Jimmy in the show will be, “an attractive photographer at CatCo, the media company where Kara Zor-El works as an assistant to Cat Grant (yet to be cast). Recently, Jimmy has been living and working in National City, though the reason is still a secret.”

Brooks, a handsome and muscular African-American man, shows a departure from the generally depicted iterations of Jimmy from both the comics and in other media. In the comics, Jimmy is a nerdy white kid, and has generally been portrayed as a teenage intern at the Daily Planet, with scruffy red hair and freckles on his face. He becomes a very capable photographer, famously taking the first up-close pictures of Superman, who became his “pal.” In the New 52, Jimmy is now closer in age to Lois and Clark, living as Clark’s roommate in a more equal friendship.

Jimmy has largely held true to his original comics iteration in his other media appearances, from being portrayed by Tommy Bond and Jack Larson in the 1940s serials and 50s television series, respectively, to Marc McClure, Michael Landes, Justin Whalen, and Sam Huntington  from the Christopher Reeve films, to “Lois and Clark,” and Superman Returns. Jimmy did not appear in Man of Steel.

Although a departure, it should prove interesting to see what the show’s creative team will choose to adapt from the comics character, and what they’ll leave out. “Supergirl” arrives on CBS this fall.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • FredS

    Yes, I can see the striking resemblance to the comic book character.