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Zack Snyder explains his plans for Jimmy Olsen in the DC Cinematic Universe

03.25.2016

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Fans have been wondering when and how Jimmy Olsen might show up in the DC Cinematic Universe since MAN OF STEEL was in the works. If you remember, there were rumors that Jimmy Olsen would show up in that movie as a female for awhile, but, in the end, Rebecca Buller's character turned out to be Jenny Urwich, not Jenny Olsen, and the popular photographer still remained at-large.

Then, of course, there was wonder if Olsen would show up at some point in BATMAN V SUPERMAN, with even speculation that Scoot McNairy's role could end up being it when all was said and done. McNairy serves a different purpose in the film, so obviously that is not the case.

However, there are plans for Jimmy Olsen in the DC Cinematic Universe that Zack Snyder has now explained, but, in order for me to get into them with you, I have to issue a stern SPOILER WARNING and let you know that I'm going to get into some very detailed events of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. Therefore, if you want to remain fresh, now is the time to avert your eyes until after you've seen the film.

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Okay... Everyone here who still wants to be here?? Then let's proceed.

For those of you who may not have been aware while watching the film, Jimmy Olsen actually is in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. He's not referenced by name on-screen but, if you take a gander at the film's credits, you'll find a Jimmy Olsen listed, as played by Michael Cassidy.

But where does he show up?

Well, when Lois Lane travels to Africa to interview a dangerous warlord, she is accompanied by a photographer who, by the end of the sequence, is revealed to be an undercover CIA operative. He reveals that Lane didn't know his true identity and, for his confession, he is executed with a bullet to the head. That character is Jimmy Olsen.

Now you might ask yourself "Why would this be the beginning and end of Jimmy Olsen?" I'll let Zack Snyder tell you.

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?

For anyone who isn't a fan of BATMAN V SUPERMAN or Snyder directing it, this is only going to serve as more ammunition for your position. After all, what exactly is fun about killing Jimmy Olsen in front of Lois Lane? And why just waste the character so meaninglessly because he doesn't have a bigger role to play as the DCU expands? Isn't no Jimmy Olsen better than this Jimmy Olsen?

But Snyder had an entire idea around the death, which was to serve as some sort of PSYCHO-style moment where a more known actor in the part would have gotten whacked, designed to throw the audience into disarray. The actor he originally wanted was Jesse Eisenberg.

I thought, if it were Jesse Eisenberg and he got out and he goes, ‘I’m Jimmy Olsen,’ you’d be like, oh my God, we’re gonna have Jimmy Olsen in the whole movie, right?’ And then if he got shot, you’d just be like, ‘What!? You can’t do that.’

Ummm... You can do whatever you want in a movie, man. It's your movie. Should you though? I don't really think so, and, for all the negativity the film is generating at the moment, I don't know that this is going to add any much needed goodwill to the process either. It seems like such a callous death for no real purpose whatsoever and is sure to add much more fuel to the fire that is already raging on.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is now playing in theaters.

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8:33AM on 03/28/2016
Seems like a complete waste of not only a character, but just story-telling. I get that the move is too crowded to include Jimmy Olsen in the story. But why eliminate him altogether from the DCEU? He doesn't need to exist as part of the Justice League, he only needs to exist as a part of Superman's solo adventures. And wouldn't it be easier to just NOT use the character, rather than barely acknowledge him and then kill him off? Seems like Snyder goes out of his way to piss off fanboys.
Seems like a complete waste of not only a character, but just story-telling. I get that the move is too crowded to include Jimmy Olsen in the story. But why eliminate him altogether from the DCEU? He doesn't need to exist as part of the Justice League, he only needs to exist as a part of Superman's solo adventures. And wouldn't it be easier to just NOT use the character, rather than barely acknowledge him and then kill him off? Seems like Snyder goes out of his way to piss off fanboys.
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2:00AM on 03/28/2016
Introducing what the audience thinks will be a central character only to kill them off right away was Hicthcock's bag. Find your own schtick, Snyder.
Introducing what the audience thinks will be a central character only to kill them off right away was Hicthcock's bag. Find your own schtick, Snyder.
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4:14PM on 03/27/2016
Jimmy could still exist in the DCEU. Maybe the reason the CIA used Jimmy Olson as the alias for their agent was because Jimmy was an established young photographer and it was more plausible if they were to look into his background further. So maybe the real Jimmy Olson could show up as a photographer trying to find out about reports of his death and ends up working a story with Lois.
Jimmy could still exist in the DCEU. Maybe the reason the CIA used Jimmy Olson as the alias for their agent was because Jimmy was an established young photographer and it was more plausible if they were to look into his background further. So maybe the real Jimmy Olson could show up as a photographer trying to find out about reports of his death and ends up working a story with Lois.
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12:13AM on 03/27/2016

i honestly don't care...

The movie was really good regardless.
The movie was really good regardless.
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10:54AM on 03/26/2016
He could still be alive. We didn't see blood, we didn't see a body. Unless it's on the R rated version.
He could still be alive. We didn't see blood, we didn't see a body. Unless it's on the R rated version.
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10:24AM on 03/26/2016
There are artistic decisions you have to take while knowing not everyone will agree with them, and there are unforced errors. This was an unforced error.
There are artistic decisions you have to take while knowing not everyone will agree with them, and there are unforced errors. This was an unforced error.
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3:10PM on 03/26/2016
I feel like you're making terms up.
I feel like you're making terms up.
4:58AM on 03/26/2016
Jesus Christ that is fucking stupid. In the end, I don't think Jimmy Olson matters for this series... It's not like this version of Superman deserves to have any friends anyway.
Jesus Christ that is fucking stupid. In the end, I don't think Jimmy Olson matters for this series... It's not like this version of Superman deserves to have any friends anyway.
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10:03PM on 03/25/2016

Possible Spoilers Below.....

Am I the only one who thinks the events in BvS will be undone once the Flash travels back in time? He will figure out that everything began to collapse after the events in Africa. He will travel back in time (much like he did to warn Bruce Wayne) stop the killings (to include Jimmy's death) from happening, thus preventing the events of BvS especially the ENDING allowing the 7 to do battle Darkseid.
Am I the only one who thinks the events in BvS will be undone once the Flash travels back in time? He will figure out that everything began to collapse after the events in Africa. He will travel back in time (much like he did to warn Bruce Wayne) stop the killings (to include Jimmy's death) from happening, thus preventing the events of BvS especially the ENDING allowing the 7 to do battle Darkseid.
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11:26PM on 03/25/2016
Dude... that's the thing.. anything can happen with the Flash around! That's the beauty about these stories... you can take them in so many directions. People need to stop complaining and just take it for what it is. It's a new story that takes inspiration from it's source material. 20 years from now, Hollywood will do it all over again with a new story, cast and crew.
Dude... that's the thing.. anything can happen with the Flash around! That's the beauty about these stories... you can take them in so many directions. People need to stop complaining and just take it for what it is. It's a new story that takes inspiration from it's source material. 20 years from now, Hollywood will do it all over again with a new story, cast and crew.
11:28PM on 03/25/2016
That's actually a really cool theory.

And CarloswithaK, I couldn't agree more.
That's actually a really cool theory.

And CarloswithaK, I couldn't agree more.
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8:59PM on 03/25/2016

Who cares?

When I saw him with the camera I thought "That's Jimmy Olsen." Then they shot him and I thought "Ok maybe not" but then the credits had him listed as Jimmy. Personally, I'm a huge Superman fan and I couldn't care less about Jimmy Olsen not being in this universe. At least Snyder made him a CIA operative. That's probably the coolest thing Jimmy Olsen's ever gotten to do.
When I saw him with the camera I thought "That's Jimmy Olsen." Then they shot him and I thought "Ok maybe not" but then the credits had him listed as Jimmy. Personally, I'm a huge Superman fan and I couldn't care less about Jimmy Olsen not being in this universe. At least Snyder made him a CIA operative. That's probably the coolest thing Jimmy Olsen's ever gotten to do.
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11:28PM on 03/25/2016
Right?! Too be honest, I can see Jimmy Olson getting in the way in future films... trying to flag down Superman every time he's in danger.
Right?! Too be honest, I can see Jimmy Olson getting in the way in future films... trying to flag down Superman every time he's in danger.
8:52PM on 03/25/2016
Cue the fans pretending to care about Jimmy Olsen.
Cue the fans pretending to care about Jimmy Olsen.
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1:51AM on 03/26/2016
Haha this is great!
Haha this is great!
6:58PM on 03/25/2016
"but we can have fun with him, right?"

This quote perfectly sums up what's wrong with these movies. Shooting someone in the head is Hack Snyder's idea of "fun." Why does WB keep letting this guy with the mentality of your average fratbro sink their flagship franchises?
"but we can have fun with him, right?"

This quote perfectly sums up what's wrong with these movies. Shooting someone in the head is Hack Snyder's idea of "fun." Why does WB keep letting this guy with the mentality of your average fratbro sink their flagship franchises?
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1:51AM on 03/26/2016
You are so clever.
You are so clever.
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6:56PM on 03/25/2016
I think Snyder needs some serious therapy.
I think Snyder needs some serious therapy.
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6:53PM on 03/25/2016
It's too bad Michael Kelly's character didn't make an appearance during any of the Daily Planet scenes. It would have been cool to have Jimmy Olsen in the DCU, but he's really an afterthought at this point.
It's too bad Michael Kelly's character didn't make an appearance during any of the Daily Planet scenes. It would have been cool to have Jimmy Olsen in the DCU, but he's really an afterthought at this point.
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6:18PM on 03/25/2016
That pretty much sums up Snyder's reverence for Superman and his universe right there - making a hopeful hero into a sad, cynical man, and murdering his best friend as an aside for "fun".
That pretty much sums up Snyder's reverence for Superman and his universe right there - making a hopeful hero into a sad, cynical man, and murdering his best friend as an aside for "fun".
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