‘Man of Steel’ Switches Genders with Jimmy Olsen Becoming Jenny Olsen

Rebecca Buller is reportedly playing a female version of the iconic DC Comics photojournalist in Zack Snyder’s revisionist take on the material.

We know that Man of Steel will star Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, and Michael Shannon as Zod. One comic book character we haven't heard anything about is Jimmy Olsen, the photojournalist who works with Clark at The Daily Planet in the DC Comics. Today, an interesting theory has developed that Jimmy Olsen is being changed to Jenny Olsen for Man of Steel. Actress Rebecca Buller is listed as Jenny Olsen on the Man of Steel IMDB page, where there is no listing for Jimmy Olsen. There is also this blurry image from the trailer that shows a woman who appears to be Rebecca Buller running from an exploding building with Laurence Fishburne's Perry White, the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Planet. Take a look at the photo, along with one of the actress' headshots for comparison, then read on for more information.

Man of Steel Trailer Photo

Rebecca Buller Headshot

Warner Bros. has not confirmed that Jenny Olsen is in fact replacing Jimmy Olsen in Man of Steel, although there is one other minor character change we do know about. Back in November, actor Michael Shannon revealed he does not say the classic line "Kneel before Zod" in Man of Steel. Of course, that isn't as drastic of a change as switching a character's gender. It is completely possible that Jenny Olsen is totally unrelated to the Jimmy Olsen character. We'll have to wait until June to find out for sure. Rebecca Buller's only other acting credit is a guest-starring stint on the short-lived NBC drama The Playboy Club.

Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Sources: Comic Book Movie

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  1. supermanvenom

    @shuabert just saw it now sorry. Its just superman is one of the greatest heroes around. So i just think they shouldn't change something like this.

    2 years agoby @supermanvenomFlag

  2. Sean

    @felipe-11 I agree.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  3. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Meh, I still think that there are some characters that should remain the way they were drawn and written

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  4. ejk1

    @shuabert In fairness on the Captain Marvel front, they didn't change a character the way they did Fury. Carol Danvers just took the mantle to honor the dead Mar-vell. But I do agree that this shouldn't be too much of a big deal.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  5. Josh

    @supermanvenom Why not? Adaptations change things all the time. Hell, the comics themselves are constantly rebooting and retooling. Remember when Nick Fury was white? Remember when Captain Marvel was a dude?

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  6. supermanvenom

    @shuabert They still shouldn't change sh*t.

    2 years agoby @supermanvenomFlag

  7. Josh

    And Perry White is black. Who cares? It's not going to affect the movie one way or the other.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  8. John Peter LoFaro Jr.

    Just another reason why this movie is going to be a huge flop. I can't believe they'd be stupid enough to screw up this big though. As if a terrible choice for the lead role wasn't bad enough. R.I.P. Man of Steel.

    2 years agoby @John-Peter-LoFaro-JrFlag

  9. rjh094

    I was cool with everything about this movie, even Lois Lane's new hair color and Perry White being black, but this... just doesn't feel right. I guess we'll just have to wait & see.

    2 years agoby @rjh094Flag

  10. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Well, after further research, it may be on IMDB, but then again, it could be a mistake. Same happened with OZ where Kunis was one witch and Weiz was another, until she cleared up the confusion. Maybe Nolan and co. wanted to make a change (albeit an unnecessary one) for the franchise. We'll find out with either a second trailer, come June or if Snyder or someone else from WB debunks or confirms her role in the movie

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  11. Replicant

    I don't mind at all. In fact, it's kinda cool.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  12. masterofthemoon

    Maybe she's his sister, have to wait and see. It's gonna be hard getting used to seeing a gender change for a long standing character.

    2 years agoby @masterofthemoonFlag

  13. Z_Money

    This could be interesting...she is HOT! But I agree guys Jimmy is needed. This is either a pre-cursor or a casting hiccup. We already have an balding english actor in a padded suit as Supes, a 40-year old Lois Lane, a black Perry White, so at this point does it matter?

    2 years agoby @z-moneyFlag

  14. Mieko_Siede

    @bawnian-dexeus Yeah, I know what you mean. Oh wait, they already did that. It's called Super Girl. lol!

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  15. skywise


    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  16. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @mieko-siede Hopefully for future reboots, Lois lane won't go Larry Lane and Supes goes diva on us :p

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  17. Mieko_Siede

    @bawnian-dexeus I don't know, if this information is true, it's already been more than enough changes. For me, this is the first slight disappointment I've felt. But I won't judge.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  18. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    The one time where I'm cool with it for this reboot, but hopeful the brother makes an appearance. Hey, if they can make Perry black, then Jimmy can be Jenny, but in the end, we need Jimmy Olsen.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  19. Mieko_Siede

    @Joshua-Hollaway I hope that's true.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  20. Joshua Hollaway

    This is his sister, She will die and her brother will take over the helm..sort of like smallville where Himmy Olsen died but wasnt really Jimmy he was James, and his little brother was Jimmy.

    2 years agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  21. LazerDude

    yesa basa WHAT!

    2 years agoby @lazerdudeFlag

  22. justatadmatt

    @artkid04 that's what i'm hoping...

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  23. artkid04

    she could be playing Jim's sister

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

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