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The Man of Steel Female Jimmy Olsen Theory Appears to Be Dead

It appears that actor Rebecca Buller may not be playing Jenny Olsen, as we thought, but an assistant by the name of Jenny Jurwich, based on evidence from a higher quality image of a Man of Steel shot.  Zooming in on Buller’s ID badge in this Man of Steel shot reveals that the character of Jenny, previously suspected to be a gender bent version of Daily Planet employee Jimmy Olsen, is not an Olsen.  Click through for the close up image.

Initially, we were given hope that Jenny might be a female Jimmy, in the form of Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer‘s refusal to comment on the rumor, implying that perhaps it was a secret worth keeping, which it still might be.  Unfortunately, while it would have been nice to see a female Jimmy Olsen, this rumor has been shaky for a while, and we saw it debunked in May with the news that Jenny Olsen may have been Jimmy Olsen’s sister.  However, now it appears that there is no hope for the Jenny-as-Jimmy theory, as the two characters now don’t even share a last name.

While this new evidence is the last nail in the coffin for the Jimmy Olsen gender bending rumor, we still have a new, and now completely unknown character to look forward to in the film.  While Jenny isn’t a known character, she could still be an exciting character independent of her status as an Olsen, perhaps even one who fills the same narrative role: the cub reporter who admires Lois Lane and becomes Superman’s best friend.  The only real way to know is to see Man of Steel when it comes out later this month.


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  • Charlotte Van Zee

    Jurwich is her married name? Or Jurwich is her professional name (because it is a pia to get your name changed on your diplomas afterwards) and Jimmy was her husband who died tragically in Metropolis while investigating Lex Luthor. Thus she searches for vengeance.

  • James Gardiner

    I kinda like this. It seems like she might have a Jimmy Olsen-esque role yet she gets to be more than just his sister/a female version of him.

  • Important Film Maker

    It’s wonder woman.

  • grimlocket

    Not that it matters. Her part is almost non-existent either way.

  • DarthBetty

    This news just ruined a point I was trying to make in many ongoing internet arguments. I hope that more people will at least consider gender swapping in film.

  • Anonymous

    I hope this is true. I hate it when they change the gender of iconic characters. Sometimes doing so is okay (i.e. a female Starbuck of Battlestar Galactica), but in of those cases where it feels okay, the characters aren’t as nearly as iconic as Jimmy Olsen who has been around for about 75 years.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. I thought they spent too much time with the employees of the Planet. They could have used that time to better flesh out the rest of the movie where it felt lacking. A lot of times the movie seemed to go too fast when they should have allowed the story to simmer a bit.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps this was done to give Lois Lane some competition? Gotta throw in a competing female with the main female like they did with the first Spider Man movies.