Although James Olsen is best known as Superman’s sidekick, he, too, has taken on various superhero identities in the comics. Even though it’s unclear whether the character’s incarnation on “Supergirl” will also assume a superhero identity at some point in the future, the actor who plays the role on the CW series is on board with the idea.
“We had some moments of some heroism with James, and I’d like to see more of that,” Mehcad Brooks said in a video interview released by the CW. “James actually has super powers in the comics. So sticking to canon, I hope I become Turtle Boy or Elastic Lad.”
“He didn’t have the greatest names,” the 35-year-old actor said of his character’s superhero alter ego in the comics. “Some of the powers are cool, but the names, we can work with that.”
In addition to Turtle Boy and Elastic lad, James has also taken on the mantle of Mr. Action in the comics. In 2007 and 2008, James found himself with superpowers in connection to comic book limited series “Death of the New Gods.” According to Screen Rant, Jimmy began to develop multiple superpowers during that time, so he suited up and started calling himself Mr. Action. This attempt at being a superhero, however, didn’t go down so well. After several failed attempts to join established superhero teams, James ultimately gave up his heroic identity.
Though “Supergirl’s” James isn’t becoming a superhero anytime soon, the character remains to have a significant role on the series, especially on the romance front. According to TV Guide, James and Kara (Melissa Benoist) will struggle to connect with one another in Season 2 as the Girl of Steel’s professional life at CatCo World Media becomes her priority.
“Supergirl” Season 2 premieres on Monday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Check out the synopsis for episode 1, titled “The Adventures of Supergirl,” below:
“When a new threat emerges in National City, Kara / Supergirl teams up with her cousin, Clark Kent / Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), to stop it. Kara is thrilled to have family in town but it leaves Alex (Chyler Leigh) feeling a bit left out. Meanwhile, Hank (David Harewood) and Supergirl are stunned by the pod that came crashing to Earth.”