Guardian has arrived! The CW has released our first look at Jimmy Olsen as “Supergirl’s” Guardian.
According to the character’s official description, “James Olsen takes on the mantle of the classic DC Comics hero, Guardian. With his trademark shield intact, James will fight to protect National City alongside Supergirl.”
Created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, the original Guardian was Jim Harper, a police officer assigned to Metropolis’ Suicide Slum. Tired of seeing criminals evading justice, he took on the role of a costumed vigilante. With the aid of the Newsboy Legion, he took on criminals with his fists and a badge-shaped shield.
The Jim Harper Guardian does have ties to the Cadmus Project, with his original Newsboys becoming the project’s original founders. But it is unknown if that detail will find its way into the origins of “Supergirl’s” Cadmus. Later incarnations of the hero included former Teen Titan Mal Duncan, who utilized an exoskeleton to provide him with super strength, and Jake Jordan, who was actually known as the Manhattan Guardian. Unlike Harper, both of those characters are Black rather than Caucasian.
Starring Melissa Benoist as the Girl of Steel, “Supergirl” airs Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars David Harewood as Martian Manhunter, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers and Jeremy Jordan as Winn Schott and features appearances by Calista Flockhart’s Cat Grant as well as Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman.
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