Supergirl Guardian

Supergirl First Look: Mehcad Brooks' James Olsen Morphs Into Guardian

Supergirl‘s James Olsen is getting in on the superhero action, and we’ve got a first look at his indestructible getup.

As we previously reported, Mehcad Brooks’ character is going to try his hand at crimefighting later this season when he adopts the persona of DC Comics’ shield-toting Guardian.

“James is going to decide that he can no longer be a sidekick, so he’s going to become a vigilante,” EP Andrew Kreisberg explained to TVLine. “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 decides not to tell her. There’s this new masked vigilante, and she has her own feelings about vigilantes. … And he’s recruited Winn to help him. Winn is his man in the van. Winn and James together is like comedy gold.”

Supergirl made a splash in its new CW home on Monday, kicking off its second season with 3 million viewers and a 1.1 18-49 demo rating, up triple digits compared to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s performance in the Monday timeslot last fall. It was The CW’s most-watched show in the Monday-at-8 pm perch in nearly eight years (since a 2008 Gossip Girl episode) and best 18-49 rating in six years (since a 2010 90210 episode).

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38 Comments
  1. Josh says:

    For a show about Supergirl, they sure are surrounding her with a lot of super dudes(Manhunter, Guardian, Superman, and it’s kind of obvious Superboy is around the corner.)

    And more superheroes coming in didn’t help Arrow….

    Focus on Kara, especially since you’re on a whole new network.

    • Lea says:

      What’s wrong with giving her help? As long as they don’t stop giving her focus, I see no reason why she can’t have other heroes helping her. It’s even good to show that, despite her powers, she’s not an omnipotent god who can save the world by herself.

      • Steph says:

        He’s not saying she doesn’t need help but there are plenty of female superheroes who could easily be her helping hands instead. They’re surrounding her with too much men. They should make it equal. Kara literally has no female friends. Except her sister and Cat Grant.

        • jj says:

          actually Josh did say that she doesn’t need help. Read his last two sentences.

          • Lisa says:

            How I’m reading it is he’s saying being in more superheroes didn’t help Arrow be a better show. And I agree, I’m not liking. Friends of Arrow all that much anymore.

          • Josh says:

            I’m saying both. The show needs more female characters(and female heroes would be eve cooler) but they also shouldn’t rush it. I’m not saying don’t have other Heroes but go slow at first. It’s the second season, the first on a new network. Don’t over crowd when Kara still needs more time on her own too.

            But I’d love a slow and steady intro of more heroes, and yes, I want more female heroes. I mean, I also forgot about Mon-El! She’s surrounded by dudes(outside of Alex).

    • Mary says:

      Yeah, I thought that they were going to be giving Kara more female friends her own age to spend time with. Somehow I don’t see her and Lena hanging out any time soon. And Miss Martian seems to be being brought on more for the sake of Martian Manhunter than Kara having a woman fighting alongside her besides Alex.

    • Agent 86 says:

      I agree. With Supergirl, Martian Manhunter, Mon-El, Miss Martian, Alex Danvers (especially when in her super suit of armour) and Superman on the scene, what need is there for The Guardian?

    • Steph says:

      Totally agree. At the rate they’re going, supergirl will become a guest star on her own show

    • Superman is temporary. Guardian isn’t super and of course Miss Martian is appearing too. I don’t think we’ll get Superboy, not with Mon-el

    • Joe says:

      That’s a pretty decent point, actually.

    • Thanh says:

      @Josh – I agree. I don’t think making James another superhero will be a good thing for his character, or the show. It definitely makes me wary that this is going the same path as how Arrow digressed so much after putting so many other archers and superheroes on the show. Do the writers really have no idea how to develop his character and give him a personality, aside from hiding him in a costume that any stunt double can do, and hoping Superhero-James would be more likable?

    • Plllover says:

      I’m not at all interested in James Olson becoming a superhero. Sorry.

  2. How does the same people who make Wild Dog look so perfect that it’s like he walked off the page, make THIS too? To mess up The Guardian’s costume this badly would actually take work.

    • clintbrew says:

      jimmy not the proper guardian so the colour scheme anything goes would had been cool though if James Harper (eddie mcclintock) was the guardian he was the proper guardian in the comics and Young Justice cartoon

  3. JP says:

    lol this is becoming so ridiculous and absurd, these producers have such a bad habit of puting everyone in a costume.

  4. R.O.B. says:

    It looks like he should be called Blindspot

  5. Mary says:

    Kind of looks like a Cylon’s helmet but without the red eye.

  6. Scribe says:

    Well I think introducing the Guardian might actually be the forerunner of Intergang and that might lead to Darkseid’s minions getting a show. Intergang is more street related and it makes sense a character like Guardian might come into contact with it rather than Supergirl.

  7. M3rc_Nate says:

    I prefer how Flash has taken the slow-burn approach to the group around Barry getting powers. We all knew Cisco (Vibe) and Caitlyn (Killer Frost) would get powers but they wait until well into season two, and even then it burns slow in the build up to them being someone in a suit.
    .
    Compare that to this show where in season two we are getting the whole kitchen sink thrown at us. The nerdy friend now works for the DEO, James Olsen is Guardian in a suit, Superboy is likely coming, Superman is a reoccurring/regular character…I’m not really digging that.
    .
    A bit off topic but I’m also not a fan of Kara being even more so of a rip-off of Superman by her becoming a reporter/journalist like Clark is. Couldn’t they have given her a unique and new career path?

  8. Agent 86 says:

    No thank you. It’s clear that they don’t know what to do with Jimmy’s character, but turning him into a street level vigilante called The Guardian is NOT the answer. I hope this is a one episode only appearance and they figure out something interesting for the character or simply have him return to the Daily Planet in Metropolis. Also, the costume is almost as ridiculous as Diggle’s “Spartan” costume. The Turtle Boy costume would have been an improvement over this.

  9. parstl says:

    I like the Jimmy character and Macad as an actor but I too agree that the show doesn’t need to overpopulate with super heroes…it did confuse the Arrow storylines and distract. Kara still has plenty of character development to go and should remain the focus. Still a great show.

  10. peterwdawson says:

    Still better than the Mr. Action costume.

  11. The Kaibosh says:

    **groan** The CW just can’t help themselves. They just have to put everyone in a costume regardless of how implausible it comes across. Jimmy Olson should be just that: Jimmy Olson. Superman’s Pal. NOT The Guardian. Such baffoonery. **groan**

  12. absherlock says:

    Looks more like the Atomic Knights – can we get him a giant dalmatian?

  13. Joe says:

    No. Bad idea. Bad Supergirl! Bad! No! Stand in the corner and think about what you did!

    Damn it, Supergirl! Jimmy Olsen is a superhero now?! That’s just not good. Just… Not good. Jimmy Frakking Olsen should not be a superhero.

  14. hank says:

    super girl is pretty lame so far