'Supergirl' ditches the skirt as Melissa Benoist reveals season 5 costume

Supergirl ditches the skirt and tights in season 5 (Credit: The CW)

The new season of Supergirl will see the title hero ditch her classic skirt.

Melissa Benoist has revealed her new hero get-up on social media and it features a bottom half that more closely resembles the Superman outfit work by Tyler Hoechlin.

The costume doesn’t depart too much from Kara’s original look from the last four seasons - the belt and thigh high boots are still there as well as the cape - but instead of the super short red skirt and tights the actor now wears tight trousers.

If that wasn’t enough, Benoist is also rocking a fringe which altogether offers up a more mature version of the DC hero.

Talking about the new look with Entertainment Weekly, the actor along with co-showrunners Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner said it was more than time for Kara to get an updated look.

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“We’ve been talking about pants since season 1,” Benoist said. “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.’”

Helen Slater starred as Supergirl in the 1984 movie. (Columbia-EMI-Warner)

“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,” Queller added.

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“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.”

A trailer for Supergirl season five is yet to be released by The CW but it should be returning to Sky and Now TV later this year.