'Supergirl' First Look Images: Meet Melissa Benoist as DC's Next TV Superhero

Friday, 06 March 2015 14:14 Written by  iamrogue
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'Supergirl' First Look Images: Meet Melissa Benoist as DC's Next TV Superhero

Check out the first pictures of TV's newest superhero Supergirl in full super-regalia that puts her cousin, Superman, to sartorial shame.

Melissa Benoist of Whiplash and Glee stars as Kara Zor-El, who survived the destruction of Krypton and quietly lived out her first couple decades on Earth in comfortable anonymity.  After years hiding her true self, though, Supergirl finds Kara Danvers finally accepting her destiny as a superpowered mega-hero.

Our first look at the Supergirl costume is decidedly old school and comics-accurate, with Benoist striking a classic, confident pose in Kara's skirt and cape.  Unlike most Supergirls in the pages of DC Comics, though, this television incarnation doesn't leave her legs exposed, going instead for a stocking and high boots combo.

The costume is designed by Colleen Atwood, who also whipped up the main heroic outfits for Arrow and The Flash.  That's to be expected, since Supergirl is from executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, both of whom executive produce those shows, as well as a developing Arrow team-up spinoff featuring The Atom.

A three-time Oscar winner, Atwood's known for her frequent collaborations with Tim Burton, including Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands, and Big Fish, as well as Burtonless joints like Silence of the Lambs and Intro the Woods.

“In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace the past,” Atwood says, “but more importantly, thrust her into the street-style action hero of today.”

The pilot episode starts production in Los Angeles this week.  Warner Bros. Television's official reveal of the costume might be an attempt to get ahead of unofficial set photos we're expecting to pop up in the next week.

Ali Adler, a vet of shows like No Ordinary Family, Glee, and The New Normal, co-wrote the pilot teleplay with Berlanti and will serve as showrunner should CBS order Supergirl to series.  If that happens, the show will likely kick off its first season this fall.

The supporting cast includes erstwhile Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Kara's boss, Mehcad Brooks plays none other than Jimmy Olsen, and Laura Benanti appears as Alura Zor-El.  Chyler Leigh recently joined as Alexandra Danvers, with David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, who in the comics eventually becomes the villainous Cyborg Superman. 

Former big screen Supergirl Helen Slater and former small screen Superman Dean Cain also appear in mysterious roles.

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