Melissa Benoist ditches the skirt for more adult Supergirl outfit for Season 5

I’ve always liked the Supergirl costume on the CW series, but after four seasons in a skirt, Melissa Benoist said she was ready for a change.

In a new interview with EW, Benoist described the wardrobe switch as a more practical way to portray the character.

“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.’”

Melissa Benoist in new supergirl suit on Instagram

Benoist said the new attire represents her overall goal for Supergirl to be more mature.

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.

The title of the character somewhat betrays that though and with this new look, maybe it’s time for the show to be renamed Superwoman? I know early on the writers had Cat Grant fumble through an explanation, but with the more feminist-focused slant on the show calling a woman Supergirl seems somewhat backwards.

Maybe this is the dude writer in me, but did wearing a skirt somehow prevent Kara from finding her femininity and does this also mean Lena Luthor will start wearing pant suits next season?

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I’m not sure how ditching the skirt will help with the action scenes as the more melee battles have always looked like Benoist was suspended on wires without a more fluid sense of movement like we see in most comic book films.

What do you think of the new look and are you excited about Supergirl returning in Oct. 6 as part of the World’s Finest block with Batwoman?

Photo Credit: Melissa Benoist Instagram

 

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