Supergirl is Turning James Olsen into Guardian

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Just when we thought that the CW DC Universe couldn’t add any more heroes, the folks behind CW’s recently acquired, Supergirl, are aiming for the stars. Earlier today they went ahead and released a new image that features Machad Brooks, James Olsen, as the DC character known as Guardian.

According to the shows official character description, “James Olsen takes on the mantle of the classic DC Comics hero, Guardian. With his trademark shield intact, James will fight to protect National City alongside Supergirl.”

It’ll be interesting to see exactly how they get there, but in the comic books Guardian was originally a character named, Jim Harper, who was a police officer assigned to the slums of Metropolis and eventually became fed-up with criminals evading the law which led to his taking on the mantle and wielding his signature shield.

What’s really interesting is that before season 4 of Arrow aired, when Diggle’s new costume was introduced, it was initially thought that he’d be playing Guardian, however, that was quickly refuted by the CW. In fact, show creator, Marc Guggenheim, went so far as to explain that, “No. He won’t be the Guardian. We’ve always said Diggle’s comic book trajectory is Diggle. DC Comics has put John Diggle in the comics. We’re going to give him a code name out of practicality. I can’t tell you when it’s going to happen, because every time I write it, I end up taking it out, because it feels forced. I need to find the right moment for it. But we have the code name, DC’s approved it… but it’s unique to Diggle, and that’s what I like about it.”

Of course Diggle eventually got his name, Sparten, but the new Guardian outfit isn’t exactly dissimilar from the one Diggle uses, especially with the new helmet upgrade he’s getting this season.

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So what do you think, should the CW just keep dishing out the heroes or are they going to need to call it quits at some point? Should they go all in and introduce the rest of the Justice League given that they’re currently only missing Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Green Lantern? Would adding four more heroes really be that big of a stretch? As always, let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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