|Supergirl (2016) - James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), Kara (Melissa Benoist)|
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen hasn't been around since 1974. No one cares about Jimmy by himself. Plus, he hasn't been a redhead in decades. In fact, he's been everything from a gorilla to an octopus, so this isn't that big a change.
Another complaint is that they should have brought in another Black character instead of race-changing an existing one. It's a valid point. There are tons of great Black DC characters from John Irons (Steel) to
The other exciting thing everyone is missing is that he's supposed to be Kara's love interest. That means a major television show is going to feature an interracial romance between a White girl and a Black man! That's exciting! If they'd cast Jimmy as a geeky teenager it would be more faithful, but it would weaken the relationship. Let her be in love with a strong Black man that's not a gangster rapper. Not that there's anything wrong with an urban character, but it's refreshing to see other types of minorities represented. It's odd that they did a major change to an existing character, but it's not going to ruin the show.
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Official Synopsis: "It's not a bird. It's not a plane. It's not a man. It's Supergirl. In the new drama from the world of DC Comics, Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El, embraces her superhuman abilities and becomes the hero she was always meant to be."
Starring Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Calista Flockhart, Jeremy Jordan, and Mehcad Brooks
Official Site: http://www.cbs.com/shows/supergirl/
What do you think of Jimmy Olsen? Does it make sense to change his race?
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