Supergirl season 5 is making some big changes, and chief amongst them is giving Kara a new look. Star Melissa Benoist has revealed the first image of her titular character's brand new suit that she'll be wearing this season, and it's not just a light tune-up. It's a major aesthetic change.

The biggest change is that Kara Zor-El will be trading in her skirt and tights for a pair of pants. Melissa Benoist had this to say in an interview about it, revealing this has been a long time coming.

"We've been talking about pants since season 1. Every time a writer from the show has come up, and it's freezing cold in Vancouver, I'm like, 'Guys, please can I not wear tights?' I love [Kara's old costume]. I haven't changed it because it so works, and I think it is very Kara. I've always felt that, until recently, I'm like, 'Something's gotta give.'"

The skirt and tights have been a big part of Supergirl's look ever since the series kicked off. But they film in a very cold environment. No matter how attached fans are to the look, and no matter how much Melissa Benoist feels it suits Kara, it was a reasonable change to make. Showrunners Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner were in full agreement. Queller had this to say about it.

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"A lot of us were passionate about getting Supergirl into pants and out of the short skirt, and we felt like that would be a powerful move, and Melissa is really excited about it. So we just had to find the right moment to design the suit and in between seasons gave us a chance. But this is something we've been thinking about for a while."

Not for nothing, but the show is heading into its fifth season. A show needs to grow and evolve to help it feel fresh. To that point, speaking further, Melissa Benoist made it clear she wants Kara to have a clear and satisfying story arc throughout the series, whenever they decide to wrap it up, and the suit is part of that.

"I just think it's more adult. Part of my goal in this whole series for whenever the show ends, I just want there to be a very clear arc for this character that she evolved as a woman and found her femininity and her adulthood, just a self-discovery."

As for what else will be new with Superman's cousin this season? Not much has been revealed by The CW just yet. However, the network is bringing the Arrowverse to San Diego Comic-Con in full force this weekend. So we should learn a whole lot more sooner rather than later. And we'll likely see the new suit in action, as we're assuredly going to get a season 5 trailer. Supergirl season 5 kicks off on October 6. Be sure to check out the image of the new suit below. This news comes to us via Entertainment Weekly.

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