This, apparently, is the actor (Mehcad Brooks) playing Jimmy Olsen in the forthcoming Supergirl series.
|Suddenly, the Jimmy Olsen Fan Club makes a LOT more sense.|
So, what's wrong with this picture?
Hint: it's not that this guy isn't a white guy with red hair and freckles.
Because, after all, these guys (although white) don't really have the red hair and freckles thing going that (visually) is always what made Jimmy Olsen recognizable either!
Except maybe that first guy. He was fairly Olsenesque. Which is now a word.
I don't care whether Jimmy Olsen is black. Or has red hair or freckles.
I care that he seems like... Jimmy Olsen.
Jimmy Olsen was frankly, a geek. He was a stand-in for the comic book reader, a Superman fan but one who got to hang out with Superman. He had an unreasonably high opinion of his own abilities and his biggest power was lack of foresight. Jimmy Olsen was a mess, but he was a mess that readers could identify with. Was he a little goofier than you? Maybe. Was he occasionally smarter at some crazy Silver Age last minute idea that save the day? Probably.
But Jimmy Olsen was not an underwear model who's two inches taller than Superman>
I'd really really like to identify with that. But I can't.
ALL they had to do to make this work smoothly was NOT make him Jimmy Olsen. Make him Richard Malverne, who actually WAS Supergirl's love interest.
Supergirl needs a man like this in her story (don't we all?!). But she deserves her own, not one borrowed from her cousin's storyline for the sake of name recognition. It's one thing to do that on the Flash with the likes of Cisco Ramone and Linda Park; it's quite another to do it with Jimmy Olsen, who's know to the entire viewing public.