James Olsen Becomes the Guardian in “Supergirl” Season 2
DC Comics releases a quick “first look” at the newest hero to join “Team Supergirl” in the form of James Olsen as The Guardian.
It would seem like hanging out with both Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) has given James Olsen enough reason to become a hero as well, donning the suit and shield and calling himself The Guardian.
Mehcad Brooks who plays Olsen and now Guardian has some pretty serious realizations throughout the second season. As Andrew Kreisberg explained:
These next few episodes are going to make [James] realize that being a photographer is not enough for him, so he’s going to go on a pretty exciting career trajectory that we’re really pumped by. James is going to decide that he can no longer sit back and be a sidekick, so he’s going to decide to become a vigilante.
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 has decided not to tell her. Now there’s this new masked vigilante, and she has her own feelings about vigilantes, and it becomes a push and pull about who gets to decide who gets to be a hero?
Here’s what Brooks would look like as the hero The Guardian…
Being that the Olsen character has graduated from being a sidekick to Superman to a full-fledged hero, it will require some assistance, a sidekick if you will and that role belongs to Winn. Kreisberg relates:
The two of them are doing this together, and Winn and James together—it’s comedy gold. Watching Winn, as he takes his job at the DEO, but then he’s lying to everybody about how he’s spending his nights—because he’s going out with James—and how he walks in exhausted or walks in with a black eye and says he walked into a door. It’s the fun and excitement of building these first 10 episodes.
The Supergirl season 2 Guardian though has a few differences with the comic book counterpart. For one, the comic book version (created by Captain America creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby) has the colors blue and yellow for a uniform…
… while the TV version appears to be dressed in whites and greys….
The design for the shield is also different from the comic book iteration of the character.
So what do you guys think about this new addition to the growing number of heroes appearing in Supergirl?