DC fans got some good news this week, with The New Gods and The Trench both being cancelled. But buried in the report, there was the suggestion that the long-rumored Supergirl solo movie is still in development, presumably allowing for Sasha Calle, who is set to debut the role in the upcoming movie version of The Flash, to pursue a solo career as Superman’s cousin (and/or another Kryptonian female that better fits whatever is going on in the DC Films universe going forward post-The Flash).
Calle will be the latest live-action iteration of Supergirl, following in the footsteps of Helen Slater, who played the role in a 1984 movie, and Melissa Benoist, who currently headlines Supergirl on The CW. Set in the shared DC continuity fans call the Arrowverse, Benoist’s series is set to conclude at the end of its upcoming season.
The Arrowverse, as a side note, also got a visit from Ezra Miller’s Flash in last year’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” event. During DC FanDome over the summer, Warner Bros.’ Walter Hamada hinted that the “Crisis” cameo could be referenced in the upcoming movie.
Calle marks the first time the character has been played by a Latina. In the comics and on The CW’s Supergirl, Kara Zor-El is Superman’s first cousin, and is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed character. In a tie-in comic released around the time of Man of Steel, Kara Zor-El was depicted as blonde as well — but instead of being Superman’s cousin, she was an ancestor of his, who traveled to Earth thousands of years ago and was stranded here, her scout ship being the one Clark Kent found in the movie.
Warner Bros. seems to banking on the siren song of identity politics will be just what DC fans want. After scrapping the Snyderverse, they’ve decided to race-swap a few of their legacy characters, namely Superman and now Supergirl. Personally, if they want a black superhero on the screen, why not reboot Green Lantern with John Stewart?