The Saga of the New Supergirl Suit

The website Insider today posted an extensive story about the time and difficulty it took to create the new Supergirl suit for the upcoming season.

According to the article, after asking for years to ditch the character’s signature red skirt and tights for a more sophisticated and modern outfit, Benoist collaborated on a redesign.

Four designs, approximately, were tested before the version that made it to the screen, and the process itself took the better part of four months, from concept art to approval.

According to costume designer Victoria Auth:

“We did samples where we wanted to kind of pull the red of her skirt into it,” Auth said. “So we experimented with some red piping, some red flashes on the hips, that kind of thing. She started to look a little bit like a band leader, so we backed off of that and went with more of the gold accents.”

For more, and the full article, head on over to Insider.

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Superman2878
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Superman2878

Yeah….. sorry Melissa, I just don’t like the new design.

LarGand
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LarGand

I thought Melissa was a great casting choice for Supergirl when the show began, but – with the greatest respect – she’s 31 years old now and there ain’t nothing “girl”-ish about her any more. They should consider changing the name of the show or (sorry, Melissa) rebooting with a new cast.

TheRBBlur
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therbblur

The show is only going into it’s fifth season. I think a reboot is a bit premature, and retitling the show to something like “Superwoman” seems unnecessary, and would only complicate branding. The character is Supergirl, and as MattComics stated, they actually addressed that in Episode 1. Despite what I think are a ton of terrible writing choices for most of it’s run, Melissa is a fantastic Supergirl, and her real life age (and she isn’t old) has nothing to do with anything. I never heard anyone commenting on Tom Welling’s age, and he was 25 back in season 1… Read more »

MattComics
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MattComics

She’s plenty girlish. They actually address that in the first episode. Cat Grant who is older than Kara makes a pretty good case for using “girl” as opposed to “woman”. Also Supergirl is just that much more distinct from Wonder Woman.

Under more ideal circumstances the character would have started her career as a teenager and then changing it to “woman” could be seen as an evolution the way that versions that have Clark start out as Superboy do when he becomes Superman.