Riding on the coattails of actress Melissa Benoist being cast as the title character in CBS’s upcoming “Supergirl” pilot, actor Mehcad Brooks has landed the role of “Superman’s Pal” James “Jimmy” Olsen. Based on the DC comic book character, Olsen works as photographer.
For the pilot, Olsen will be employed at the media company CatCo, where Kara Zor-El (Supergirl) works as an assistant to Cat Grant. As of late, Jimmy has been living and working in National City, though the reason is still a secret. Kara’s cousin, Clark Kent and reporter Lois Lane are close friends with Olsen.
Brooks is well-known for his roles in “Necessary Roughness,” “True Blood” and “Desperate Housewives.”
Executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”) and Ali Adler (“Glee,” “The New Normal,”) wrote the hour long “Supergirl” pilot for Berlanti Productions, in association with Warner Bros. The series may be set in the same universe as “Arrow” and “The Flash.”