The first images of CBS’ upcoming “Supergirl” series have revealed the Kryptonian heroine’s new costume. And many can breathe a sigh of relief, because unlike some recent versions of her comic book counterpart, the TV Supergirl won’t have to wear a midriff costume.
The two images show series star Melissa Benoist in the traditional “super” combo of red, blue and gold. And in keeping with other DC Comics properties on screen, the lighting seems to emphasize a darker take on the character. But she is smiling in one of the photos, which promises she won’t be quite as brooding as some of her comic book colleagues.
The costume was designed by Oscar-winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costumes for DC’s “The Flash” and “Arrow” on the CW.
In a statement, Atwood said, “In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace the past, but more importantly, thrust her into the street-style action hero of today.”
Benoist, whose previous screen credits include “Glee” and “Whiplash,” plays Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El (a.k.a. Kara Danvers). Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom she shares an array of superhuman abilities.
The show will focus on a 24-year-old Kara who is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero.
Other members of the cast include “Homeland” star David Harewood as Department of Extra-Normal Operations head Hank Henshaw, “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Chyler Leigh as Supergirl’s foster sister, “True Blood” star as Jimmy Olsen, Calista Flockhart (“Ally McBeal,” “Brothers & Sisters”) as media magnate Cat Grant and Laura Benanti (“Nashville,” “Nurse Jackie”) as Kara’s mother, Alura Zor-El.
“Super” alumni Dean Cain, who played Superman in the 1990s ABC series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” and Helen Slater, who played “Supergirl” in the 1984 feature film, have also joined the cast in as-yet-unnamed roles.
“Supergirl” will be written and executive produced by “No Ordinary Family” team Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), Ali Adler (“Chuck,” “Glee”) and Andrew Kreisberg (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), with Sarah Schechter (“Pan”) also executive producing.
Production on the pilot episode began this week. It has already received a series commitment from CBS, though no premiere date has been announced.
The full costume can be viewed below.
— Patrick Kevin Day and Noelene Clark | @LATHeroComplex
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