Melissa Benoist Shares First Look (And Details) On Supergirl’s New Season Five Costume

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In the Arrowverse, costume changes happen pretty frequently. Or, at least, in Arrow and The Flash, they happen at a pretty decent pace.

Barry (Grant Gustin) gets a new suit every season it seems. Oliver (Stephen Amell) also evolves his costume during his own heroic journey. Legends of Tomorrow, meanwhile, well, they don’t wear their costumes much. It’s just not that kind of show.

The one who stayed with their original costume (for the most part) is Supergirl. To be fair, it’s a very well designed and quite nice costume. Though any person who wears skirts and tights will tell you, poor Melissa Benoist has to be feeling the cold in the Vancouver winters.

It looks like there’s a new costume for Supergirl. It has pants.

Benoist posted the following image today showcasing the new look for her heroic character in season five.

Talking with Entertainment Weekly, Benoist along with co-showrunners Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner had this to say. Simply put? It was just time for Kara to get a new costume.

“We’ve been talking about pants since season 1. 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.’”

Queller added, “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.”

As for the look? I like. Supergirl has switched to pants recently in the comics. Kara also donned a special anti-Kryptonite suit in season four, which had a similar look. Plus, it makes filming easier on Benoist. Canadian winters are no joke. Plus it makes narrative sense, especially after the amount of growing both the character and the show did in season four.

Benoist think that it also showcases Kara coming into her own, “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.”

As for the costume itself? Well, as the Supergirl recapper, I can say that I like it. Though it will take a bit to get use to it. I also wish there was a little more red or gold or something to break-up the blue (which is also an issue I have with Superman’s costume). Overall though, I think it’s well-designed and looks good. I can’t wait to see it in action.

Supergirl returns for season five on Sunday October 6th at 9/8c on the CW.

Bec Heim