SDCC 2015: Supergirl’s Mehcad Brooks on why Jimmy Olsen is different

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Supergirl tells the story of 24-year-old Kara Zor-El, the cousin of Superman who arrived on Earth at the age of 12 after being sent away from Krypton. Her adopted family and sister help her deal with her powers as she struggles to find her own identity instead of just being known as Superman’s cousin, bringing a new and fresh take to the male-dominated world of superhero television.

As you can imagine, DC has become VERY busy with all of their hit shows; for example The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, and iZombie. And now due to the success of these shows, they are adding more series like Legends of Tomorrow, Preacher, and of course Supergirl, who will be played by Melissa Benoist. 

I was lucky enough to take a seat with a few members of the upcoming Supergirl. Jeremy Jordan who plays Supergirl’s best friend, Winn Schott, talked a little bit about playing a different character than his normal “dark and brooding angry man” which he attributes to his “brows” – not that his character won’t change from the youthful and excited friend. He can see himself eventually becoming a little darker which could be due to the apparent love triangle on the show.

When asked about the first time he saw her in costume on the show, he stated that it was the first time that he saw her in costume in real life, and that they laughed and joked around until it was time to film. Not saying that it was a bad reaction, but the camaraderie among the cast was clearly apparent in their actions and behavior. Jeremy then joked about pitching next year’s Comic-Con introduction as a musical performance because of all the musical talent is on set.

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I was also able to spend some time with Mehcad Brooks, who will be playing a very different Jimmy Olsen. I asked him about the character’s change, and he said “This is what happens when somebody goes to Superman confidence bootcamp. You hang out with Superman long enough, it’s going to rub off on you. You’re going to lift some weights, you’re going to dress different, you might even take that bow-tie off, maybe. You go to a bar and a girls like ‘Hey what do you do?’ [laughs] I hang out with Superman, and that works by the way.”

This makes sense, because it’s true. This is why we see a potential flirtation between Jimmy Olsen and Kara Danvers aka Supergirl.

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When asked about the character’s change of color by another interviewer, Mehcad responded with a touching story:

“To me, that means the country is headed in the right direction. It sounds corny, but I am a corny guy. It goes to show you that if you don’t think things are changing, all you have to do is look around you.” He continued, “Me, growing up as a kid, I didn’t have anybody to look to. One time I dressed up as Superman and one of my friend’s parents told me ‘You can’t be Superman, you’re black.’ I was 10/9 years old, and well he’s from Krypton, so he’s probably not white either. He’s an alien.”

The cast apparently knows their stuff. Not only are they fans of the DC universe, but they have really done their homework, which will be apparent in the Supergirl series.

Supergirl premieres on Monday, October 26th at 8:30pm.

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For as long as he can remember, Robert asked the questions that others wouldn't about love, life, and death which brought about his interest in the human psyche and moral compass, resulting in an infatuation with comics, zombies, and movies leading to a long standing relationship with his imagination.