Azie Tesfai’s Kelly Olsen To Become The New Guardian On ‘Supergirl’

by Erik Amaya

Supergirl -- Image Number: SPGS6_FirstLook_Guardian -- Pictured: Azie Tesfai as Guardian -- Photo: Justina Mintz/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

It was only a matter of time before Kelly Olsen (Azie Tesfai) joined the Superfriends.

Deadline reports the character will debut as The Guardian sometime in the latter half of Supergirl‘s final season. As seen in the above photo, she’s going for more of the golden color scheme than her brother James (Mechad Brooks) used during his time in the heroic persona. Indeed, it is interesting to see The Guardian become an Olsen family legacy. Though original devised in the Golden Age by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, the Guardian became a recurring cast member of Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen when Kirby took over the book and made it part of his Fourth World saga. In those stories, Guardian was cloned by the folks at Project Cadmus — then a benevolent research firm ran by the grownup Newsboy Legion — to assist in their science adventures and repel the forces of Apokolips when they made their presence known.

In the decades since Kirby’s Fourth World, the Guardian has recurred as part of a street level auxiliary of Metropolis heroes. Grant Morrison also re-envisioned the character as the official mascot and defender of a Manhattan newspaper during their Seven Soldiers of Victory event series. And out of all of the possible interpretations of the character, The CW series chose to give the name and costume to James during Supergirl‘s second season. He continued in the role off-and-on until his departure in Season 5. Kelly was subsequently seen with the Guardian’s shield during the Crisis, but retained her civilian job and positioning through the most recent episodes.

She will debut as the Guardian in the September 21st episode, co-written by Tesfai and J. Holtham and directed by David Ramsey as part of his extended Arrowverse stay both onscreen and behind the scenes.

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