A new Supergirl has been chosen.
Deadline reports The Young and the Restless‘s Sasha Calle has won the role of Kara Zor-El/Kara Danvers/Supergirl in the upcoming feature film version of The Flash. “Winning” the role is an appropriate turn of phrase as Calle was chosen by director Andy Muschietti after meeting with 425 actors for the part. “The talent pool was truly amazing and it was very hard to make a decision, but we finally found an actress who was destined to play this role,” he said in a statement.
Being of Columbian descent, Calle will be the first Latina take on Kara in live action. The character is typically depicted as a blonde, blue eyed, and ivory-skinned. Helen Slatter played her in the first live action Supergirl film, Laura Vandervoort assumed the role during Smallville‘s long run, and Melissa Benoist currently plays her on The CW’s Supergirl series. We imagine a certain segment of the DC film watchers will be annoyed by the decision to give Kara a different look, but one should remember The Flash will take Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) across the Multiverse, where anything — even a Latina Supergirl — is possible.
At the same time, it is possible Calle will move on to star in the long-in-development Supergirl feature. At last report, The Cloverfield Paradox‘s Oren Uziel was hired to write the script, but there has been no movement on that project for sometime. Perhaps finding a lead via The Flash is just the pushed it needs to get moving again. Additionally, the imminent end of the Supergirl television series will likely add to its momentum.
The Flash, meanwhile, is due to run into theaters on November 4th, 2022.