Melissa Benoist is trading in the skirt for some new pants in season 5 of Showcase‘s “Supergirl”.
The actress, 30, shared the first look at Kara Danvers’ modern superhero costume for the show’s upcoming fifth season. Benoist drew attention to the outfit’s lower half, using a ‘pants’ emoji in the caption.
The new look is something Benoist was very much looking forward to: “We’ve been talking about pants since season 1,” the actress 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.’ 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.”
Showrunners Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner also welcomed the change.
“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,” Queller said. “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.”
The “Supergirl” costume has undergone a number of transformations over the years but it has often maintained the skirt-and-tights combination.
Season 5 of “Supergirl” premieres Sunday, Oct. 6, on The CW. Keep your eyes glued to Showcase for the Canadian airdates of the upcoming season.