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SUPERGIRLS' Jimmy Olsen, Mehcad Brooks, Says "We Have To Respect" the World of Superman

Supergirl (2015) - Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist), James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks)
It ain't easy making a superhero show. While DC Comics has two hits with Arrow and The Flash on the CW Network, they've faltered on other networks. Both Fox's Gotham and NBC's Constantine have been ratings disappointments despite heavy promotion and vocal fan bases. Executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, who also produce The Flash and Arrow have had they're hands full working on they're latest show Supergirl. The cast of Supergirl Melissa Benoist ("Kara Danvers"), and her co-stars Chyler Leigh ("Alex Danvers") and Mehcad Brooks ("James Olsen") talked to IGN about what we can expect from the show and how they're handling the pressure.

Melissa Benoist said they're excited and there's a lot of pressure, but "the good kind to just blow everyone out of the water and inspire some people." Mehcad Brooks, who plays the show's first Black Jimmy Olsen, says all the attention is "beyond flattering. I'm ecstatic, as we all are. It's a dream come true but at the same time, it's also our job so we have to respect the world we're stepping into but also bring our own voice to it. That's exciting, doing that juggling act and trying to have a good time and not be stressed out about it."

Being Superman's "BFFL" has it's own set of chellenges, but Brooks says he'll be an excellent mentor for Supergirl. "Like any good mentor, I think you step back and you allow someone to be who they are and then you tweak if they ask for advice." Brooks said, "Superman asked me to come -- that's so weird to say, 'Superman asked me to come.' Superman asked my character to come and watch over his cousin, who he cares about very much, and help her reach her potential. So it isn't about me as it is I'm a tool to help her get there."

It sounds like the cast is passionate about living up to the expectations of the fans.

Supergirl debuts October 26th on CBS

SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret. Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime. Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Arrow”), Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Glen Winter (“Arrow”).

What do you think of the show? Do you think it will blow fans out of the water?

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  1. Now that they've rebooted the world of Superman again, it will all have to feel like the same universe. Glad they're ready to go with a great show.

  2. You have to wonder how well it will do on a network like CBS that skews older and has higher expectations than the CW.

  3. I am really hoping this shows flies right, I hear mixed feelings on the trailer... though the trailer shares the strength of strong characters and makes it innocently fun to know you have powers. Never getting to share, fingers crossed.

  4. If Gotham gets canceled I'll never watch a show on FOX again. The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Almost Human deserved to live on!


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