First Images Of TV’s New Supergirl

Melissa Benoist suits up

First Images Of TV's New Supergirl

by James White |
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With Melissa Benoist in place as the lead and a quickly growing assortment of actors filling out the ensemble around her, the Supergirl pilot has begun to move… well, faster than a speeding bullet. Production has kicked off on the new show and, to avoid on-set spies getting an awkwardly-lit first look at Benoist in her suit, the producers have put out the initial imagery{ =nofollow}.

Designed by Oscar winner and costume veteran Colleen Atwood (who works regularly with Tim Burton and crafted the looks for DC’s other main superhero shows, Arrow and The Flash), it’s a modern, stylish take on the traditional look for the character that also borrows a little of the texture of Man Of Steel’s version of the suit. "In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace the past but more importantly, thrust her into the street-style action hero of today," Atwood said in a statement.

The show’s story follows Kara Zor-El, born on Krypton as Kal-El’s cousin and, like him, saved from its destruction. After arriving on Earth, she was taken in by the Danvers family, who taught her to be careful with her powers. Now, though, she’s decided to put them to good use...

Calista Flockhart is aboard as Cat Grant, Kara’s media mogul boss, with Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw and Chyler Leigh as Alexandra Danvers, Kara’s confident foster sister. And two superhero veterans are also aboard, with Helen Slater, the Supergirl from the 1984 movie and former TV Superman Dean Cain taking guest spots on the pilot.

It’s the brainchild of Greg Berlanti, the man behind two of the bigger superhero shows on TV right now, Arrow and The Flash and Ali Adler, who worked on Chuck and short-lived super-powered domestic drama No Ordinary Family.

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