"Superman's Pal" Jimmy Olsen Rumored be Cast as Female in Man of Steel

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"Superman's Pal" Jimmy Olsen Rumored be Cast as Female in <i>Man of Steel</i>

Here’s a potential shift in the Superman universe we didn’t see coming. As Digital Spy points out, Clark Kent’s photojournalist pal at the Daily Planet, Jimmy Olsen, might have been cast as actress Rebecca Buller. Olsen originally appeared in Action Comics #6 in 1938 and would even get his own series, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, in 1954.

The root of the rumor comes from an IMDb listing that shows Buller cast as “Jenny Olsen” with little explanation outside of that. As Digital Spy further points out, Lawrence Fishburne—who was cast as the Daily Planet Editor-in-Chief, Perry White—appears with Olsen in the trailer, a shot that might suggest she’s an employee of the newspaper (take a look at the screenshot below, which appears at the 1:54 mark in Man of Steel’s theatrical trailer). There is also no listing or actor attached to the Jimmy Olsen character.

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Although the rumor is based only on an IMDb listing, Warner Bros. hasn’t commented either way. Check out a trailer for the film below.