UPDATED: ‘Supergirl’ Melissa Benoist shares new look for fall


Well, well Kara Danvers has a new suit. And bangs.

She is also going to get to call the shots as director this season as well.

Entertainment Weekly has reported that Supergirl star, Melissa Benoist, will be getting a new practical suit, good-bye fighting in impractical skirt, a new “do” and will direct an episode when the “Arrowverse” superheroine returns to the CW for a fifth season this fall. Watch the new suit and bangs in action in the trailer below:

Benoist expressed her enthusiasm about finally getting out of the skirt. She explained, “We’ve been talking about pants since season 1. Every time a writer from the show has come up, and it’s freezing cold in Vancouver, I’m like, ‘Guys, please can I not wear tights?’” I love [Kara’s old costume]. I haven’t changed it because it so works, and I think it is very Kara. I’ve always felt that — until recently, I’m like, ‘Something’s gotta give.’”

Benoist posted her new look on Instagram as you can see below:

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The suit is a pretty big departure for Supergirl. There’s more of a focus on the blue aspects of her costume with the boots and cape bringing in the majority of the red.

Benoist doesn’t seem to be the only one who is thrilled about the new suit. The action and FX departments are also reportedly excited as it seems the costume will allow Benoist to have a wider range of motion while filming.

From a character standpoint, the change also helps represent how much Kara has changed and grown since the inception of the series, “I just think it’s more adult. Part of my goal in this whole series for whenever the show ends, I just want there to be a very clear arc for this character that she evolved as a woman and found her femininity and her adulthood, just a self-discovery.”

Showrunners Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner explained that while they’ve been considering it for a while, it was all about finding the time to design a new look for the heroine.

“A lot of us were passionate about getting Supergirl into pants and out of the short skirt, and we felt that would be a powerful move, and Melissa is really excited about it,” Queller said. “So we just had to find the right moment to design the suit and in between seasons gave us a chance. But this is something we’ve been thinking about for a while.”

It’s also been confirmed that Benoist will direct the seventeenth episode of season five, which is set to air sometime in 2020. She tells the trade, “I’ve been wanting to direct since season 3, but couldn’t last year because of scheduling conflicts, so David Harewood did it first. I just felt really drawn to it for a couple of seasons now, just because you know the show so well, and you get to know the character, and the world, and the tone of the show so well that you can’t help but envision certain scenes in a certain way. I want to play with that.”

The fourth season of Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers / Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen / Guardian, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, David Harewood as J’onn J’onzz / Martian Manhunter, Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor, Jesse Rath as Querl Dox / Brainiac 5, Sam Witwer as Agent Liberty, Nicole Maines as Nia Nal / Dreamer and April Parker Jones as Colonel Lauren Haley.

Supergirl airs on Sunday nights at 8 P.M. ET on The CW.

Source: Entertainment Weekly