Supergirl’s James Olsen Becoming Guardian


Guardian to Arrive in National City

The explosion of heroes on The CW continues with the addition of Guardian on Supergirl. James [Jimmy] Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) will become the vigilante, according to producers. Created by comic book legends Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Guardian was a former Metropolis police officer who became a street-level vigilante. With Supergirl, Martian Manhunter and Superman, I suppose there’s room for a street-level hero. However, the writers have a lot to do, in order to convince us he’s Guardian.


Not Your Typical Guardian

Brooks’ Olsen doesn’t fit the bill of DC Comic’s vigilante. Throughout the first season, he’s only been presented as either a love interest or a bailout to reach Superman. After the second season premiere, we know that he’s lost both of those characteristics. How the writers and producers get from there to the version of the hero we know from the comics will be a tall order. They’ve shelved the relationship for now, freeing him up to have a separate arc.


“James is going to decide that he can no longer be a sidekick, so he’s going to become a vigilante,” says executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. “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 decides not to tell her. There’s this new masked vigilante, and she has her own feelings about vigilantes. He’s recruited Winn to help him. Winn is his man in the van. Winn and James together is like comedy gold.”


This Isn’t Your Daddy’s Guardian

At first glance, I dig it. A few more glances later, not so much. For one, the suit should be more representative of a SWAT officer’s outfit. I do understand why it doesn’t look closer to the comic book version, as James is not an ex-cop. As for the helmet, it’s a complete departure from it’s counterpart. Again, I understand the reasoning, but the difference is major. However, it should be lined with lead to prevent Supergirl from knowing his identity. The best thing about the outfit is the shield. Minus the yellow/gold coloring, it’s the most comic-accurate part of The CW Guardian. It’s possible we’ll need to see him standing up first, but I believe the shield is the only similarity of the Simon/Kirby version.


“James Olsen takes on the mantle of the classic DC Comics hero, Guardian,” exclaims Kreisberg. “With his trademark shield intact, James will fight to protect National City alongside Supergirl.


Catch Supergirl Mondays 8/7c on The CW. What are your thoughts of James Olsen becoming Guardian? Do you think he’ll do a good job? What do you think of the Guardian’s suit? Let us know what  you think by liking, sharing and/or leaving a comment.


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