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Zack Snyder Talks About Decision To Include Jimmy Olsen In Batman V Superman (SPOILERS)

March 26, 2016 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Zack Snyder revealed that Jimmy Olsen makes an appearance in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Eagle-eyed viewers may have discovered this fact already if they stayed for the credits. The rest of the article contains spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie you should click away now.

The character is played by Michael Cassidy in the film. It was previously reported that Scoot McNairy would play the character, but instead, he played an employee of Bruce Wayne’s who is impacted by Superman’s battle with Zod in Man of Steel. Jimmy Olsen shows up with Lois Lane during a trip to Africa and is revealed to be a CIA plant. He’s then killed off quickly with a gunshot to the head. Snyder not only explained why he did this, but revealed that the R-rated Ultimate Edition (due out this summer) will feature more of the character. Here are highlights:

On why Olsen was brought in for that scene: “We just did it as this little aside because we had been tracking where we thought the movies were gonna go, and we don’t have room for Jimmy Olsen in our big pantheon of characters, but we can have fun with him, right?”

On what Jimmy does in the R-rated Ultimate Edition: “He comes up to her and he goes, ‘Lois Lane, I’m Jimmy Olsen, photographer, obviously … You know, I’ve been assigned to you for this mission.’ But it turns out that Jimmy Olsen is a spook for the CIA.”

On who almost got cast as Jimmy: “I thought, if it were Jesse Eisenberg and he got out and he goes, ‘I’m Jimmy Olsen,’ you’d be like, oh my God, we’re gonna have Jimmy Olsen in the whole movie, right?’” Snyder says. “And then if he got shot, you’d just be like, ‘What!? You can’t do that.’ I said, ‘I want to do this misdirect and you’d be great. You’d be a great Jimmy Olsen,’” the director says. “And he’s like, ‘Yeah, that’s cool,’ and he was being very Jesse in the meeting. Introverted but constantly going, ‘Okay, I see, uh-huh. So it’s sort of a pop-culture redirect, you’re gonna do, because of the certain status of an actor…’ I was like, ‘Wow, that guy is crazy… Debbie, what about Jesse as Lex?'”

On speaking with several actors to play Luthor: “We talked about the usual suspects that you would imagine; any actor who has been bald, probably. Bryan Cranston would have been great, right? And by the way, he’s an amazing actor. Can you imagine how different the movie would be?”