Behind the scenes
The name is based off the long supporting DC Comics Superman character Jimmy Olsen, who first debuted in The Adventure of Superman radio show story "Donelli's Protection Racket" (April 15, 1940) and later becoming a regular in the comic books as of 1941. He was both a friend to Superman, and photojournalist for the Metropolis newspaper, The Daily Planet.
- Marc McClure (Dave McFly) played Jimmy Olsen in Superman: The Movie (1978), Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983), Supergirl (1984) and Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987). Previously unused footage of McClure was presented in the 2006 release of Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut.
- Superman III coincidentally had Earth Angel as one of the songs played in the film.
- McClure, appeared in a featurette of Smallville Season 7 DVD Set (2008), among other actors who've played Jimmy Olsen.
- In Back to the Future: The Game episode "Citizen Brown", McClure's portrayal of the character was referenced by George McFly mentioning that Dave left Hill Valley to work in a newspaper in the big city.
- David Kaufman (voice of Marty on "Super Doc" and the other episodes of BTTF: The Animated Series) provided the voice of Jimmy Olsen in Superman The Animated Series from 1996 to 1999. He reprised his role in: