Jimmy Olsen is an expendable character. Always has been, always will be. Of the "core" characters, he's the one you can omit or kill off without losing anything whatsoever. If they've turned the character into a woman for this film, it does nothing to harm the mythos at all.
Lest we forget, John Watson, Sherlock Holmes' buddy and cohort? Changed to Joan Watson and played by Lucy Liu, and that seems to be working out just fine for Elementary. Based on that alone -- and Watson is a far more important character than Jimmy Olsen could ever dream of being -- I don't see where there's one single, solitary problem with a Jenny Olsen in one of many incarnations of Superman.
I sincerely doubt the people who sit on those cinema seats to make the money will care. If the movie is good, it's good. Regardless of the gender swap. Won't bother me. Superman and Zod are the ones I'm interested in.
I would not have minded seeing Lucy Lui cast as Lois Lane. haha
Superman's heat vision does not work on things coloured red, so no more free haircuts for Lois.
but, aye, just a lil coincidence i was commenting on, lois being a red head and ginger jimmy becoming a woman. ginger genes are making a comeback. freckles are fightin back.
Last edited by listenuscrewheads; 01-22-2013 at 04:35 PM.
please don't do this...please don't do this...please don't do this...
Something else I wanted to say regarding gender-switching supporting cast members:
I would be 100% fine with the cast of Superman being Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Perry White, Jenny Olsen, and Alexander "Lex" Luthor.
I would be 100% fine with the cast being Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Paris White, Jimmy Olsen, and Alexander "Lex" Luthor. (Fun fact: Paris was Perry's original name in the development scripts for the radio show. So a female version of the character by that name wouldn't be a big stretch.)
I would be 100% fine with the cast being Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Perry White, Jimmy Olsen, and Alexandra "Lex" Luthor. (In fact, I think a lot of fun could be had with turning the Superman/Luthor rivalry into a gender-flipped version of the Hannibal Lecter/Clarice Starling dynamic.)
Point being? I think after 75 years, I'm ready and willing to see some new and very different takes on the Superman mythos. As long as the absolute essentials of the mythos stay intact (Krypton blows up, baby Kal-El comes to Earth and is raised by the Kents, Superman himself stays more or less as is), I say kick the doors down and let there be new interpretations, new perspectives, new visions...basically go nuts. We've got 75 years of the "classic" stuff already, and we can go back to it whenever we want. I'm ready for something new.
I think you can recast Jimmy as a woman and still be fine. But to remove the character completely, the mythology does lose something important.