Supergirl’s New Suit Ditches the Skirt to Show Kara Has ‘Evolved as a Woman’

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“Supergirl” is going through an extreme makeover, wardrobe edition.
Melissa Benoist, who plays the titular superhero on The CW series, revealed Kara Danvers’ new Season 5 look on Instagram. Gone is the  red miniskirt; in its place are long blue leggings and thigh-high red boots.
“We’ve been talking about pants since Season 1,” Benoist told Entertainment Weekly. “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.’”

Showrunners Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner explained, “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. 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.”
Benoist also touted the new suit as a visual sign that Kara is maturing. “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,” she said.
“Supergirl” Season 5 premieres Sunday, October 6 at 9 p.m on The CW.

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