Get ready for some ‘Supergirl’ news this weekend, as the returning CW series will hold a video presentation and Q&A at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 20 in Ballroom 20. But before that, star Melissa Benoist has shared an image of herself from the new season and Supergirl has undergone some changes. She has bangs now, and beyond that, looks to have traded in her skirt for leggings.
Check out the image she shared on Instagram below:
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Beyond the obvious switch to leggings, the suit overall has a more detailed, armored look. Even her belt is chunkier. Based on this image, it would appear that perhaps Supergirl will be facing a more physically powerful opponent this season, necessitating the switch to a suit that offers more coverage.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Benoist said:
“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.’
“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.”
Jessica Queller who acts as co-showrunner with Robert Rovner added, “This is something we’ve been thinking about for a while.”
While Supergirl is usually depicted in a skirt in the comics and other adaptations, she has actually worn a variety of different costumes over the years. In the 1970s, she briefly wore a full bodysuit, which not only featured leg coverage but gloves, an accessory she has almost never been shown wearing.
The ‘Supergirl’ event at SDCC will take place on Saturday, July 20 at 4:15-5:00 pm in Ballroom 20.
‘Supergirl’ returns for its fifth season on Sunday, October 6 at 9pm EST on The CW.
Benoist will direct her first episode, with the 17th new episode. As she said:
“I’ve been wanting to direct since season 3, but couldn’t last year because of scheduling conflicts, so [star] 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.”