Viewers of last night’s Supergirl premier may have taken note that Kara’s sudden break up with James Olsen seemed to come out of left field. As it turns out, there could be a very good reason why the writers decided to break them up, as James is going to need some room to breathe later this season. According to a report from KryptonSite, James Olsen is going to become a vigilante – and not just any vigilante, but he will become the CW’s version of The Guardian.
Supergirl producer Andrew Kreisberg confirmed James’ new alias at a CW Q&A that took place earlier today:
“James has a pretty big turn coming up. These next few episodes are going to make him realize that being a photographer…is not enough for him, so he’s going to go on a pretty exciting career trajectory that we’re pretty pumped by. James is going to decide that he can no longer sit back and 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’s not going to tell her.”
The Guardian has had a few different incarnations, most notably Jim Harper – Roy Harper’s great uncle. Jim Harper was a police officer who decided to become a vigilante to catch villains that the law could not prosecute. His name was derived from ‘guarding society from criminals’, and his first appearance was all the way back in 1942. He has a resemblance to Captain America, which isn’t a coincidence, as both of their creators were Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. Additional names that took up the mantle include Mal Duncan and Jake Jordon.
Supergirl season 2 has already introduced a few new characters: Lena Luthor, Mon-El, Metallo, and Superman, and will be introducing even more with Miss Martian and Lynda Carter as the President. It’s exciting to know that James won’t always be seen as just an object for Supergirl to date, but will have character development of his own as he becomes a hero in his own right.
Jimmy Olsen has never been associated with the character before this. It was rumored for a time that Arrow‘s John Diggle would take the mantle The Guardian when it was revealed he would be receiving a suit and a codename, but that never came to fruition as he became Spartan instead. It is unknown when or why Olsen will take the codename, but we’re excited to see it play out.
Supergirl season 2 premiered last night, and airs every Monday at 8 pm on the CW.