Warner Bros. has released the first official photo of Glee and Whiplash actress Melissa Benoist in costume as Supergirl, the star of the upcoming television series featuring the DC Comics superheroine.
First announced in 2014, the upcoming series will follow Kara Zor-El, the cousin of Superman, as she learns to become a hero like her famous relative. CBS has already given Supergirl a full series commitment, and is produced by the same team responsible for Arrow and The Flash on The CW — leading to much speculation that the shared universe of the latter programs could be joined by this new series.
Benoist’s costume as Supergirl also shares something in common with the costumes worn by the titular heroes of Arrow and The Flash, as it was created by the same Oscar-winning designer, Colleen Atwood.
“In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace the past, but more importantly, thrust her into the street-style action hero of today,” said Atwood in a statement accompanying the photos.
Benoist is joined in the cast by Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Chyler Leigh as Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow “Winn” Schott, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, and former Lois & Clark star Dean Cain and the original Supergirl movie’s star, Helen Slater, in unidentified roles.
There’s no premiere date set for Supergirl at this point.