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‘Superman: Legacy’ Has Found Its Jimmy Olsen

‘Superman: Legacy’ Has Found Its Jimmy Olsen

A Picture-Perfect Casting Choice

While Superman: Legacy won’t release for another two years, casting news for the James Gunn-led blockbuster has been steadily released over the past year. In addition to the announcement of Lex Luthor’s actor earlier this week, another longtime Superman character, Jimmy Olsen, has just been cast. 

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Jimmy Olsen was first introduced in a Superman radio show in 1940 and has been an important side character in the Man of Steel’s canon ever since. Olsen is a photographer who works alongside his close friends Clark Kent and Lois Lane at the Daily Planet. He has appeared in a handful of Superman’s cinematic releases, like Superman (1978), Superman Returns (2006), and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). His roles have always been fairly minimal when compared to his comic counterpart. 

In a recent Variety article, it was confirmed that Jimmy Olsen will be appearing once again in the upcoming Superman: Legacy. He will be played by Skyler Gisondo. Gisondo is known for his work on Vacation (2015), Booksmart (2019), Licorice Pizza (2021), and The Righteous Gemstones (2019-2023).

‘Superman: Legacy’ Has Found Its Jimmy Olsen

A New Universe with New Faces

Gisondo will be joining an already star-studded cast for Superman: Legacy. The film features David Corenswet as Superman, Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific, and Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho. Nicholas Hoult was also confirmed to be playing Lex Luthor earlier this week. 

While the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes did slow down production, James Gunn is hopeful that the film will maintain its July 11th, 2025 release date. Superman: Legacy will function as the first film in a semi-rebooted DC cinematic universe now under James Gunn’s supervision following the director’s success with other superhero properties such as the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy and The Suicide Squad (2021). Unlike other properties in this new lineup, Gunn has confirmed that he will both write and direct Superman: Legacy.

‘Superman: Legacy’ Has Found Its Jimmy Olsen

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Ethan Mallory joined the Dead Talk News team in 2023. Aside from writing for Dead Talk News, he has also worked as a student editor for the Short Vine Literary Journal. Ethan is currently pursuing a film major and an English minor at the University of Cincinnati. While working for Dead Talk News, he has covered trending horror and action film news and written comic reviews.
Cailen Fienemann is a current student at Le Moyne College pursuing her BA in English and Communications with a film studies minor and a creative writing concentration.  Though uncertain about her career end-goals, any job that allows her to write is a cherished one indeed.