Ever since Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice started filming, fans have been speculating over the possible inclusion of Jimmy Olsen, Clark Kent's longtime pal. With so many new characters joining the DC Extended Universe (Wonder Woman! The Flash! Aquaman!), it always seemed likely the photojournalist could turn up.
Now that the movie has finally made its way to theaters, we have our answer. But even those who have already seen the spectacular brawl might not have spotted Jimmy.
Spoiler warning: This article discusses one plot point of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.' If you want to go into the theater totally unspoiled, turn back now!
I'll even throw in a trailer to give you time to flee.
As expected, Jimmy Olsen is indeed in Batman V Superman, but he doesn't last very long.
Olsen is played by Michael Cassidy — who you might remember as Zach on The O.C., or a Daily Planet editor on Smallville — and he appears as the photographer that joins Lois Lane (Amy Adams) on her perilous mission to interview an African warlord. Viewers will remember that Olsen is almost immediately revealed to be a CIA operative undercover, and shockingly gets shot in the head.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Zack Snyder elaborated on his rationale for such a brutal offing of a classic character:
“We just did it as this little aside because we had been tracking where we thought the movies were gonna go, and we don’t have room for Jimmy Olsen in our big pantheon of characters, but we can have fun with him, right?”
So, pretty much "Sorry, Jimmy, you weren't good enough for a character, but you could at least provide a good healthy shock."
The decision to avoid overtly revealing his character was deliberate, an apparent attempt to make the loss a little more bearable. However, the R-rated "Ultimate Edition," with 30 minutes of extra footage, will show his official introduction, so there's really no going back on this death after that comes out this summer.
In an interesting twist, Snyder also admitted that Jesse Eisenberg was intended to play Jimmy, making his murder all the more surprising. It was in those early discussions with Eisenberg that Snyder got the idea for him to play Lex Luthor, and that's how we got this reimagined version of the Superman villain.
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)