Melissa Benoist, the star of the American Supergirl TV series, reveals the newest super suit on her Instagram account. The photo shows off the wardrobe upgrade that Benoist and showrunners Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner have been wanting to do for a very long time.
Compared to the old super suit, the new one doesn’t look too different in terms of colours and design. The only major change is the replacement of the skirt with the more matured pants.
Benoist tells Entertainment Weekly, “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.’”
Queller and Rovner agreed. “A lot of us were passionate about getting Supergirl into pants and out of the short skirt, and we felt like that would be a powerful move, and Melissa is really excited about it,” said Queller. “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.”
Besides, the new suit gives Benoist more “range of motion” which is crucial for the more physical action scenes. Plus, it’s a great visual expression of Kara’s growth over the years in the show.
“I just think it’s more adult,” Benoist added. “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.”