‘Supergirl’ Season 2: Which Major Character is Becoming a Superhero?
Supergirl’s James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) is about to shed his sidekick persona and become a hero in his own right. The CatCo. photographer is reportedly set to suit up as DC Comics vigilante, Guardian, in the first half of Season 2.
As fans know, James served as the object of Kara Danvers’s (Melissa Benoist) affections in the freshman season of Supergirl. But the Season 2 premiere seemed to take him out of the love interest role, with Kara choosing to keep their relationship platonic in order to focus on her new career goal of becoming a reporter. The sudden split may have come as a bit of surprise to some viewers, but it looks like it was all just a set-up to put James on to something bigger.
As executive producer, Andrew Kreisberg revealed during a recent press screening, the character is set to make a significant transformation in the coming installments of Season 2. “These next few episodes are going to make him 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,” he said, per Entertainment Weekly.
That new career? Hitting the streets to defend National City and its citizens in his own hero identity. “James is going to decide that he can no longer sit back and be a sidekick,” Kreisberg continued. “He’s going to decide to become a vigilante and he’s going to become Guardian — complete with the shield.”
In the comics, Guardian is a police officer named James Harper who became a masked vigilante in order to take down the bad guys that he wasn’t able to arrest during the day. The character didn’t have any actual superpowers, but did utilize a helmet and an indestructible shield to help protect himself during his battles.
Supergirl actually introduced a character by the name of James Harper in Season 1. He’s a colonel who works as part of the evil organization, Cadmus. Considering his questionable intentions, it was never likely that he would become the Guardian, despite sharing the same original name as the character. James Olsen, on the other hand, is a good guy through and through, making him an obvious choice to become a hero.
But not everyone will be thrilled with his new vigilante ways (which you can get a first glimpse of, above). “It’s going to cause a massive problem in his relationship with Kara,” Kreisberg notes. “She has her own feelings about vigilantes. It becomes a push and pull of who gets to decide who gets to be the hero.”
Meanwhile, James and Kara’s mutual friend, Winn, will be left stuck in the middle. As Kreisberg describes:
[James has] recruited Winn to help him. Winn is his man in the van. He takes this job at the DEO and then is lying to everyone about how he’s spending his nights because he’s going out with James. [He’s lying] about why he’s exhausted and coming in with a black eye. He says he walked into a door. That’s sort of the fun and excitement of filming these first 10 episodes.
It’ll be interesting to not only see James embrace his new identity, but also watch how his hero role will impact his relationships with other characters, particularly Kara. While it sounds like the transition won’t be all smooth sailing, fans can bet that his evolution into Guardian will involve several humorous moments, especially with Winn involved.
Supergirl’s Season 2 will continue to air on Monday nights at 8 p.m. EST on The CW.
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