Did Zack Snyder secretly kill of a major “Superman” character?

superman-jimmyolsen-protecting-700x328It’s common knowledge by now that Zack Snyder intends to release an R-rated version of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for home video that will extend the movie to roughly 3 hours in length, with additional footage that reportedly is to help flesh out some of the characters in the film, give more detail to the overall story, as well as include a character played by Jena Malone. However, the movie may do more than that as SlashFilm has just reported that one of the characters killed in the theatrical cut will now get a name.

Snyder has confirmed that the photojournalist who accompanies Lois Lane (Amy Adams) to meet with a group of freedom fighters is none other than Jimmy Olsen (Michael Cassidy), and that same character is the one who is shot in the head.

When approached Snyder simply gave this explanation:

“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?”

Seeing big named characters from the comic books meet their demise in the movies is not exactly a new thing. Starting even with the Joker in Tim Burton’s Batman, and even in an Extended Cut of Superman II where Lex Luthor is also killed, the death of a major character has been around for some time. And yet, how much fun is it when a director decides to have a much beloved character eliminated just by shooting him in the head?

According to Snyder, the death was originally supposed to be more shocking because he wanted to employ some stunt casting. How? Well Olsen was originally supposed to be played by Jesse Eisenberg himself.

According to Snyder:

“I said, ‘I want to do this misdirect and you’d be great. You’d be a great Jimmy Olsen,’ 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…”

However, upon meeting with Eisenberg, Snyder thought that he was crazy and would be perfect for the role of Lex. Apparently an older actor like Bryan Cranston was seriously being considered for the role of Superman’s arch-nemesis, but Snyder decided to go with an entirely different Luthor by making him younger and bonkers crazy. Sadly, this is my least favorite aspect of the film.

In any case, having Jimmy Olsen killed in this manner might be surprising by quite a few people, especially given that his death was basically a secret for the theatrical release, could be quite shocking to fans, but to then turn around and reveal it in Director’s Cut might further raise the ire of the fans.

Despite the relative success of Man of Steel, there are many fans that take great exception to the destruction and body count from that film, and while the story in Batman v Superman deals with the consequences from those actions, at least with this film the death toll has been reduced, which hopefully will make some fans happy.
How do you feel about Jimmy Olsen’s death? Do you feel it was handled well? Should Jimmy have died at all? What about Zack Snyder keeping his identity a secret for the theatrical release of the movie? Was this a good, or bad move on Zack Snyder’s part?
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