We just got our titular Supergirl a few days ago, with news of Melissa Benoist (who will still be pretty! even in glasses!) taking the role. Now we have her love interest: none other than Jimmy Olsen himself, who will be played by Mehcad Brooks. According to Variety,
Jimmy, based on the DC Comics character, is an attractive photographer at CatCo, the media company where Kara Zor-El works, as an assistant to Cat Grant, (yet to be casted). Recently, Jimmy has been living and working in National City, though the reason is still a secret.
Now, I should have an opinion on Mehcad Brooks. I held two guilty pleasures long enough to see him show up in them (he was on early seasons of True Blood and Desperate Housewives), but he apparently made no lasting impression on me because I had to have Google remind me that he was in both of those. However, Google also told me that Brooks looks like this:
So I’ve decided I’m okay with him being on my TV as much as he wants. This is a notable shift for the character, isn’t it? We’re used to seeing a Jimmy Olsen with a little less in the ab (and arm and face and everything) department. Historically, Olsen looks a little more like this:
Okay,every once in a while Jimmy gets to shine:
And we did get close to a sexy Jimmy when Lois & Clark went the super 90s hair route.
But I think it’s safe to say we’ve entered a new era of Olsen.