SPOILER ALERT! This article contains possible SPOILERS for ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’. Turn back if you want to avoid them!
Last year, it was announced that Scoot McNairy, a frequent Ben Affleck collaborator (‘Argo’, ‘Gone Girl’) had been cast in ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’, a film in which Affleck happens to star, as Batman. Since then, set photos of McNairy wearing lime green bags over his lower legs surfaced, indicating that whatever role he was playing, it involved CGI enhancements to those appendages. This led to rampant speculation that he would be portraying The Flash and that these green coverings were for some sort of super speed effect. But then, Ezra Miller was announced as playing that hero, once again throwing a shroud of mystery over his part.
In 2013’s ‘Man of Steel’ one of Clark Kent’s coworkers at the Daily Planet was named Jenny, played by Rebecca Buller. This lead many to think that Jenny was a feminized form of Jimmy Olsen, Superman’s longtime best pal. Jenny’s role in the movie was fairly small and didn’t amount to much. But apparently, she isn’t a substitute for Olsen.
That role is now said to be the one McNairy is playing in ‘Batman V Superman.’ The rumors have been swirling for a time now and have now apparently been confirmed by several sources.
An extra from the film stated:
Scoot is playing Jimmy Olsen, but with a bit of a twist. Jimmy was injured during the battle of Zod vs Superman. His legs where pinned under falling building rubble and that caused him to lose the legs. He now walks with the use of two prosthetic legs. He doesn’t blame Superman for it. He feels grateful that Superman saved the world.
So they may just end up as pals after all!Batman V Superman? Jimmy Olsen could take ’em both!
This is a departure, in that Olsen is usually depicted as quite young and innocent. McNairy is not only older, but this sort of makes it sound like he isn’t a colleague of Kent’s, but just a random Metropolis resident. But we most likely won’t know for certain until the film arrives.
This also may give away a major plot point in that the setup for this film is that Superman is perceived to be a menace after the destruction of Metropolis, which seemingly sics Batman on him. Having a man who lost his legs stand up for him (sorry!) would go a great distance in swaying public opinion in the Man of Steel’s favor.
This is, of course rumor. Rumor with a lot of back up, but rumor, nonetheless.
What do you think of this revelation? Would you prefer a more comic accurate Jimmy Olsen? Or are you glad that he won’t be the superfan/sidekick he has been in the past?