Michael Landes first major role was Jimmy Olsen in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in 1993. Michael Landes was able to bring the role of Jimmy more up to date and more modern than he had previously been depicted in other Superman media.
Michael Landes was not invited to continue the role of Jimmy Olsen after the first season. The creator of the series explained in DVD commentary that this was because the producers perceived him to resemble lead actor Dean Cain too much. Justin Whalin took over the role for the remaining three seasons of the program.