Melissa Benoist leaves behind an incredible legacy from her tenure as Kara Zor-El in the CW series Supergirl. For a certain generation, she will likely be the gold standard for the character. She has certainly given her all to the part and will be remembered as one of the most crucial performers to ever take on the role over the character’s 60+ years in popular media. But now, it is time for a new Supergirl to don the cape and fly forward into the future of DC’s film universe.
Replacing Melissa Benoist in the iconic role will be Sasha Calle. As of now, Calle’s primary recognition in film and television comes from numerous appearances on the long-running daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless. Calle sports over 243 episode credits for the series which has been running on television for nearly half a century. Calle will make her debut as Supergirl in The Flash. Director Andy Muschietti (It) revealed the casting through social media, which you can watch right here:
Could Melissa Benoist actually pop in for a quick cameo as her version of Kara Zor-El? With Supergirl now a part of the cast, we have to wonder just how many other heroic surprises we can expect in The Flash. We know the movie is going to involve the multiverse, so it would be a very cute and heartwarming way to pass the torch to Sasha Calle’s iteration of the superheroine. And you know fans would go giddy at seeing Benoist on the big screen as Supergirl. It would probably be her only chance to do so.
However, it is likely that The Flash will not feature Melissa Benoist in any way. In keeping her version of Supergirl totally separate from theirs, it will help to solidify Sasha Calle as the new definitive version of the character in the ongoing saga of DC films. Audiences are going to have to swallow the big pill of multiverse characters anyways, so the fewer complications they have to deal with, the better. The movie is already going to have Ezra Miller’s Flash teaming up with Michael Keaton’s Batman. There is only so much wackiness a modern audience can take before they get overloaded.
Regardless, it is great to see Sasha Calle follow in the footsteps of Melissa Benoist and bring a new voice and spirit to the role of Supergirl. the character has yet to really have a great showing in a feature film. The notorious 1984 film has gained some cult status but was not a fair or excellent showcase for the character. With Sasha Calle now embodying a new big-screen version of Supergirl, here’s hoping she also gets to deliver a standout performance and solidifies herself as the Supergirl of the DC film universe.
We will miss Melissa Benoist as Supergirl but we are excited to see what Sasha Calle brings to the role. The Flash has begun production and is expected to open in theaters on November 4, 2022.