Who is Jenny Olsen and why is she in Man of Steel?

Rebecca Buller

A beloved Superman character may look quite different in the upcoming movie Man of Steel.

We've been getting little doses of information over the past year or two about Man of Steel, the new Superman reboot directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen) and produced by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises). While the details of the plot have remained murky, we know that the movie features a number of iconic characters from the mythology, including Superman's birth father Jor-El and mother Lara, his adopted parents Ma and Pa Kent, the villainous General Zod, his love interest Lois Lane and his boss at the Daily Planet, Perry White.

But one character has been missing from that list: Jimmy Olsen, the young Daily Planet photographer who often tags along with Lois on assignment and usually has to get rescued along with her by Superman. 

According to Comic Book Movie, it's possible that the character does appear in the movie -- but radically re-imagined as a woman.

What's the basis for this theory? For one thing, IMDB lists actress Rebecca Buller as playing someone named "Jenny Olsen," with no mention of Jimmy anywhere else in the credits. And in the latest trailer, there's a brief shot of Perry White (played by Laurence Fishburne) running away from some sort of destruction with a person who looks a lot like Buller keeping up alongside him.

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If Jimmy has indeed become Jenny, it falls in line with other revisions that Snyder has made to some of the movie's characters. Lois, as played by Amy Adams, is now a redhead instead of the brunette she's been since time immemorial; Fishburne, in case you hadn't noticed, is African-American, while Perry White has traditionally been an older Caucasian man in every version of Superman that ever existed -- heck, even his last name is White.

How do you feel about a female version of Jimmy Olsen? Are these changes interesting and refreshing, or is Snyder taking too many liberties with the classic Superman canon?

Man of Steel arrives in theaters on June 14, 2013.

(via Slashfilm)