It’s learned that Mehcad Brooks has been cast as Jimmy Olsen in the CBS Supergirl TV series, with it also said Olsen will be the love interest to Kara Zor-El.
The character will actually apparently be called “James” and not Jimmy, and is described as: an attractive photographer at CatCo, the media company where Kara Zor-El works, as an assistant to Cat Grant. Recently, James has been living and working in National City, though the reason is still a secret.
Of course, Jimmy Olsen is known for being a co-worker and friend to Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane.
More than likely the casting of Brooks will come with some controversy, similar to Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch in Fantastic Four, as Jimmy Olsen is white in the comic books.
Mehcad Brooks joins Melissa Benoist who will play Supergirl. Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler are executive producing, with Berlanti and Adler also penning the pilot.
Brooks is known for roles in Necessary Roughness and Desperate Housewives.