National City is about to get a new crime-fighter, and his secret identity is the last person you’d expect.
“Supergirl” will be taking a page from “Arrow’s” playbook in Season 2, adding a very human vigilante to the mix, and the man under the mask will be James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks).
At a screening of “The Last Children of Krypton” on Tuesday (Oct. 11), executive producer Andrew Kreisberg announced to the press that James would be putting on the his own super-suit and becoming Guardian.
“James is going to decide that he can no longer sit back and be a sidekick, so he’s going to decide to become a vigilante,” Kreisberg says. “He’s going to become Guardian, complete with the shield, which is going to cause a massive problem in his relationship with Kara (Melissa Benoist) because he has decided not to tell her.”
After all the pain and strife secret identities caused in Season 1, we’re surprised James hasn’t learned his lesson.
Still, after Kara determined that they’d be better off as friends instead of romantic partners, we imagine he’s feeling a little hurt, which is probably why he’s unwilling to share.
Kreisberg also teased that romantic entanglements won’t be the only thing Kara and James have to navigate as they co-own hero status in the city. “Now there’s this new vigilante — masked vigilante, and she [Kara] has her own feelings about vigilantes, and it becomes sort of a push and pull about who gets to decide who gets to be a hero.”
Kara’s relationship with James won’t be the only one that will suffer from this new setup, since James won’t be crime-fighting alone.
“He’s recruited Winn (Jeremy Jordan) to help him, so Winn is his man in the van,” Kreisberg says. “The two of them are doing this together. Winn and James together is like comedy gold.”
This new vigilante role will take its toll on Winn as well, who now spends his days at the DEO and his nights fighting crime.
Lying to his new boss could land him in some serious trouble, but we’re more worried about what will happen when Kara finds out what these two have been up to. It sounds like the shoe will be on the other foot for our heroine, who’s so used to lying about her own identity.
“Supergirl” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.