Melissa Benoist talks about playing Supergirl and donning that 'daunting' costume

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Feb 25, 2015, 6:49 PM EST (Updated)

Supergirl herself — Whiplash actress Melissa Benoist — had a bit of a chat with Comic Book Resources, who caught up with her during the Film Independent's Spirit Awards ceremony over the weekend. Benoist opened up about her eagerness to play Kal-El’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, and even talked about that iconic costume.

This is probably one of the first times (if not the first) the actress has actually chatted about taking on the Supergirl mantle for the CBS series created by producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) and Ali Adler (Glee). Ever since Benoist was cast back in January in the role made even more famous by Helen Slater on the big screen (Supergirl) and Laura Vandervoort on the small one (Smallville), she has remained mum. But now she reveals that she’s looking forward to playing the Kryptonian character with a more human side to her:

“What's so wonderful about her is that she is such a relatable character, amongst her powers,” said Benoist. “What I'm the most excited about is telling a story about a human being really realizing their potential and their strength, and I think that's something that everyone will root for and want in their own lives – I'm really excited about that.”

Benoist didn’t want to reveal which version of the Supergirl costume she might be wearing on the upcoming comic book TV series, or even if she’ll be wearing one (nope, we don't think she'll go naked -- this is CBS, not Starz or HBO), but she did say that she’s had a good look at the comic book costume:

“It's a little daunting,” she laughed. “It's daunting, but that's good. I like being pushed. I work well under pressure.”

What do you think about the way that CBS Supergirl TV series will portray Kara? And do you think she’ll get to wear her Supergirl costume -- if so, which version? -- or that the powers-that-be will go down the Smallville route, and not have her wear the iconic suit?

(via Comic Book Resources