Okay, first the press materials, then the pictures, then our opinions. This is for a Supergirl series to air on CBS, produced by the same team who put together Arrow and The Flash on The CW
“The costume for Supergirl was designed by three-time Oscar® winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costumes for THE FLASH & ARROW and whose motion picture credits include Academy Awards® for her work on Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago, as well as eight additional Oscar® nominations for films such as Into the Woods, Snow White and the Huntsman, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Sleepy Hollow, among others
Colleen Atwood said, “In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace the past, but more importantly, thrust her into the street-style action hero of today.”
Production begins on the SUPERGIRL pilot this week
Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was destined to be.”
We don’t hate it, but some of the choices seem odd, like the overall darkness of the colors (which ties it to the Man of Steel aesthetic, we suppose) and the black tights under the hooker boots. It doesn’t really say “street-style action hero of today” to us. Instead it looks like they’re struggling with how to make a classic costume work in a modern HD environment.We’re going to love seeing them try to make flying in a skirt not look awkward.
The thing about Supergirl’s classic, skirted costume is that it was modeled, way back in the fifties when she was introduced, on a cheerleader’s uniform. This actually made sense at the time because in the thirties, Superman’s costume was modeled on that of a circus strongman and there weren’t many comparable athletic female archetypes to choose from. In the fifties, if you thought “active teenage American girl,” then the image was “cheerleader,” just as in the thirties, when you thought “strong man” you pictured a guy in tights and boots. And because Supergirl was, oddly enough, considering her alien origins, pitched as the perfect All-American girl hero, the costume largely worked. She’s ditched the skirt a dozen times over since then, but inevitably, she always winds up back in it. We’re a little surprised they’ve gone in such a traditional direction for this costume, but as always, the real test will be how it looks in action.
[Photo Credit: Bonnie Osborne/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc]
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