Mehcad Brooks will co-star opposite Melissa Benoist in CBS’ Supergirl pilot. Brooks will play Jimmy Olsen, a photographer at CatCo. where Benoist’s Kara Zor-El works.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on Wednesday that Brooks will play the major role in the DC Comics television series. Mehcad is most famous for his roles in Necessary Roughness, HBO’s True Blood, and ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Greg Berlanti, who writes for Arrow and Flash, will write the script alongside Ali Adler of The New Normal. Berlanti will also executive produce Supergirl via the television arm of Berlanti Productions.
Mehcad has been cast as the boy-next-door to Melissa’s superhero. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Brooks’ Jimmy Olsen will be a love interest, but with a mystery surrounding why Olsen is in National City in the first place.
“[Jimmy Olsen is] the salt of the earth and this only makes Kara crush on him even more. The character has recently been living and working in National City, though the reason is still a secret. But with Kara emerging as Supergirl they grow closer.”
More about Mehcad’s co-star was also revealed.
“Now 24, Kara feels disempowered, a slave to having repressed her innate abilities. She’s still pretty, but with her face hidden behind glasses and her hair pulled back, she doesn’t know it herself. But an unexpected disaster forces her to use her powers in public.”
As seen in the image below, Mehcad is playing a different take on the photographer.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Jimmy Olsen is traditionally the young photographer who works alongside Clark Kent and Lois Lane at the Daily Planet. CBS instead will have Mehcad working at the a media company named CatCo., which originates from the Superman character Catherine “Cat” Grant who also worked at the Daily Planet as a gossip columnist.
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Superheroes are enjoying the television spotlight. DC Comics has other titles in development, including Titans, Lucifer, Ronin, DMZ, and Scalped, says the Los Angeles Times. Fox currently airs the Detective James Gordon-centered Gotham, the CW has Arrow and The Flash, and Constantine is on NBC.
The Inquisitr recently reported on the casting of Melissa Benoist in the title role of Supergirl. CBS hopes that their new superhero will be completely relatable and that the story will be one of female empowerment.
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