‘Supergirl’: Mehcad Brooks to play Jimmy Olsen in CBS drama

Jan. 29, 2015 | 8:11 a.m.

“Supergirl” has found its Jimmy Olsen, casting “True Blood” alumnus Mehcad Brooks in the staple role.

Word came late Tuesday that Brooks, whose previous credits include “Necessary Roughness” and “Desperate Housewives,” will star opposite Melissa Benoist’s Kara Zor-El.

Supergirl, comics fans know, is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom she shares an array of superhuman abilities. The show will focus on a 24-year-old Kara who is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero.

Mehcad Brooks in 2005. (Mark Mainz / Getty Images)

Mehcad Brooks in 2005. (Mark Mainz / Getty Images)

In the comics, James “Jimmy” Olsen is a young photographer who works with Clark Kent and Lois Lane in the Daily Planet Newsroom, but in the upcoming CBS series, Jimmy and Kara are colleagues at a media company called CatCo. (Astute comic fans might remember the “Superman” character Catherine “Cat” Grant, a gossip columnist for the Daily Planet.)

In the new one-hour drama, Jimmy Olsen has recently been living and working in National City, though his reasons are still a secret, according to DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.

“Supergirl” will be written and executive produced by “No Ordinary Family” team Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”) and Ali Adler (“Chuck,” “Glee”), with Sarah Schechter (“Pan”) also executive producing.

It won’t be Supergirl’s first time on screen; Helen Slater played the character in the critically panned 1984 film “Supergirl,” which also starred Faye Dunaway. More recently, Laura Vandervoort portrayed Kara Zor-El in “Smallville,” the Superman origin series on the CW.

With the new series, Supergirl is joining a plethora of DC Entertainment characters to land their own TV shows. “Gotham,” which follows Batman universe characters and focuses on Gotham City Police Department Det. James Gordon, is on Fox; “Arrow” and “The Flash” are on the CW; and “Constantine” is on NBC. “IZombie,” based on the Vertigo title, is set for a March premiere on the CW.

Other DC properties still in development include “Titans,” “Lucifer,” “Ronin,” “DMZ” and “Scalped,” according to DC Entertainment.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+


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One Response to ‘Supergirl’: Mehcad Brooks to play Jimmy Olsen in CBS drama

  1. John says:

    30… 29… 28…

    The countdown to the wave of not-so-secretly-racist fanboys who are about to descend on this comment section with their ridiculous outrage over a black man being cast as Jimmy Olsen.

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