Christmas came early for Mehcad Brooks when he found out that he’s suiting up as DC Comics character Guardian in Season 2 of “Supergirl.”
In response to a fan tweet, Brooks revealed what his reaction was when learned that his character James Olsen will be taking on the mantle of the classic superhero very soon. “I was like a kid on Christmas,” the 35-year-old actor wrote on the social networking site.
Brooks’ tweet came just a day after the first-look photo of himself sporting James’ new Guardian costume was released online.
News that James is going to become Guardian in the sophomore run of the CW series was revealed by executive producer Andrew Kreisberg during a press Q&A earlier this week. “James is going to decide that he can no longer sit back and be a sidekick,” Kreisberg said (via TV Guide). “He’s going to decide to become a vigilante. He’s going to become Guardian, complete with the shield.”
In one of the character’s various iterations in the comics, Guardian was a police officer in Metropolis’ Suicide Slum named James Harper who took on the role of a masked vigilante in order to take down the criminals he couldn’t arrest during his day job. Guardian resembles Marvel’s Captain America, who are both created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. Like Captain America, Guardian has no superpowers, but uses an indestructible shield.
Kreisberg said that James won’t be telling his secret identity to Kara (Melissa Benoist) right away, so she is apparently not going to be happy once she learns about it.
“It’s going to cause a massive problem in his relationship with Kara,” the exec producer said. “She has her own feelings about vigilantes. It becomes a push and pull of who gets to decide who gets to be the hero.”
“Supergirl’s” next episode, titled “The Last Children of Krypton,” airs on Monday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Check out the synopsis for Season 2, episode 2 below:
“CADMUS attacks National City with a kryptonite powered villain who ends up seriously hurting Supergirl. Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) blames Hank (David Harewood) because the kryptonite was stolen from the DEO. Meanwhile, Kara’s first day at her new job doesn’t go as planned after she meets her new boss, Snapper Carr (Ian Gomez).”