Supergirl is going to look a little different when she returns to The CW this fall.
On Monday, Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist took to Instagram to reveal her character’s new skirtless suit for season 5 of the superhero series. The costume update says goodbye to Supergirl’s iconic red skirt and is now more in line with the costumes of her fellow Arrowverse superheroes like Arrow, The Flash, and White Canary. Supergirl’s new suit also features a more stylized gold belt that has a semblance to Wonder Woman’s belt.
Benoist’s co-stars were quick to comment on her character’s new outfit. Nicole Maines (Nia Nal) called the new suit “practical,” with Azie Tesfai (Kelly Olsen) saying that the skirtless outfit is “optimal for filming Vancouver winter nights.” Additionally, Mehcad Brooks (Jimmy Olsen) commented that with Supergirl’s new costume, season 5 is going to be the “high-kick-to-the-face season.”
Majority of the fans are also happy with Supergirl’s new suit. While some said that they are going to miss the Kryptonian’s red skirt, they still can’t wait to see the new look of Kara Zor-El’s superhero alter ego on the small screen
The suit is amazing!!! pic.twitter.com/jGmEiBiFtd
— Rebecca (@Reb_452) July 15, 2019
It (and you) looks PHENOMENAL!!! ??
— Daily Supercorp (@DailySupercorp) July 15, 2019
Wonderful!! ???? Wow an Amazing suit! A big thumb up to who made it! ???
— claudia mutti (@claudia_mutti) July 15, 2019
Wow! Kara’s new suit looks UH-mazing! I’ll miss the original, but I’m loving this Injustice/badass look.?#supergirl
— Chassy Cat (@chassycat) July 15, 2019
I will really miss the skirt tbh, it's so iconic to the character. But change is a good thing and I can't wait to see how this new suit will look on screen. ? #Supergirl x
— Siobhan #DinahAndOllieForever ?? (@slinehan1) July 15, 2019
But since the costume change makes Supergirl’s overall look bluer than ever, a few fans feel that the new suit needs more color red.
I miss the red classic look in her new costume and that of Superman's outer-underwear. Bring back the red! 🙂
— Zygon Curry ?️ (@ZygCurry) July 16, 2019
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Benoist revealed that replacing Supergirl’s skirt with pants is something that the show’s creative team has been discussing since season 1.
“We’ve been talking about pants since season 1,” Benoist said. “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.’”
Though Benoist remains partial to Supergirl’s old suit, the actress feels that the costume change reflects Kara’s progression as a character. “I just think it’s more adult,” Benoist said of her character’s updated costume. “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.”
Supergirl season 5 will premiere on Sunday, October 6th, at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.