'Supergirl' star Mehcad Brooks says being the first black Jimmy Olsen gives him 'hope'

CBS's new "Supergirl" series includes lots of nods to the Superman legacy, including borrowing Jimmy Olsen (with a twist).

Mehcad Brooks plays the role of Superman's young photographer friend — but under the more grownup name James Olsen. As a favor to the Man of Steel, James took a job at the same newspaper where his cousin Kara aka Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) works.

The character, which has been a part of the Superman mythology since the 1940s, is traditionally portrayed as white.

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