Supergirl doesn’t hit the schedule until the end of the month, but we’ve already been hearing plenty about the series, including the flirtation between lead Kara Danvers a.k.a Supergirl and James Olsen, who doesn’t really like the Jimmy moniker in this new TV reimagining. At New York Comic-Con, actor Mehcad Brooks explained that he’s there to protect Kara rather than to strike up a romance with the young magazine worker-turned-superheroine. Here’s what the actor had to say:
There’s definitely an attraction between the two [James and Kara] but there’s kind of a bro code with Superman. If Superman asked you to go check in on his cousin, you can’t just go hitting on Superman’s cousin, because you start getting hit on by Superman – and that’s not a good thing. He will heat vision you and freeze breath you to death.
When Supergirl kicks off, Kara Danvers is already aware of the powers she and her powerful cousin, Superman, have as a result of coming to Earth from another planet. Still, in a lot of ways, she’s an awkward young professional, willing to jump for more work given to her by powerful individuals. She rocks the dorky glasses and has fights with her sister just like a normal person, and she’s interested in romance just like most people living and working in the city in their twenties. Unfortunately, it looks like a potentially blossoming romance between Kara and her coworker Olsen--who will have just started to work for Cat Grant’s media empire CatCo at the start of the series--will remain only a flirtation for the foreseeable future.
According to the interview with Screenrant, Brooks says Olsen is meant to be a much more mature character than Kara on the hit series. He was Superman’s peer before he even met her, and he knows what the hero life can be like. So, he will help to take care of the heroine as she faces new challenges during Season 1.
He’s very protective of her. He’s very protective but he also allows her the room to grow. Being Supergirl is just the metaphor for all of us being our higher selves.
If Supergirl continues as a series, down the line the Jimmy and Kara flirtation could turn into something more obviously romantic, but that really, really doesn't seem to be the direction the CBS drama wants to go in. Unfortunately for those who were hoping for a little more romantic flair to the relationship, it looks like you are out of luck. But there are plenty of fish in the sea, and I'm sure Supergirl will introduce us to some of them.
We can officially meet Kara and Jimmy on the show rather soon. Supergirl is expected to hit the schedule on Monday, October 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET after The Big Bang Theory and in subsequent weeks will air at 8 p.m. ET. For more premiere dates, check out our fall TV premiere schedule. And check out what we know about Supergirl, here.