Entertainment Weekly has jumped on board the San Diego Comic Con publicity train this week, releasing their Comic-Con preview issue. The cover sports the Trinity as seen in Batman v Superman. While I am dreading this movie, fearing what it will be like, even I have to admit to scrolling through the website, looking at the pictures from the set, and being at least a little happier at the Wonder Woman costume and it's splash of color.
From the first still photos of Benoist in costume to the six-minute trailer, I have been thrilled with the casting of Benoist who seems to simply transcend reality and become Kara. The smile, the joy, the desire to help, everything I have seen of her as Kara has felt 100% right. Is there any wonder that my optimism is high?
All that optimism permeates this interview which I highly recommend fans read in their entirety. But I also felt I needed to showcase some of the highlights.
I love reading how excited she was to land the part.
I like hearing Benoist drop some geek cred by saying she is a DC fan, like their movies, and a friend who read 'graphic novels'.
But I wonder if the New 52 Supergirl is the best comic for Benoist to read as a foundation for her understanding of the character. Someone get her the Gates/Igle trades!!
She has said it elsewhere but I do like how she keeps saying that she feels inspired, hopeful, and empowered when she puts on the suit.
There is a comment about the dreaded Black Widow skit comparison which Benoist deftly handles.
And she continues to talk about how she wants Kara to be someone relatable and inspiring to women and all people. The thing that I really like here is the idea that Kara is human and complicated and flawed. One of the main reasons I love Supergirl as a character is that idea that she isn't infallible or immutable. She is growing, becoming a hero.
So this response echoes that nicely. She is still a hero. She is still inspiring. But she isn't an impossible goal. We can see ourselves in Kara.
Maybe one of the reasons why I think Benoist makes a great Kara is because she has a lot in common with the Maid of Steel. Awkward, weird, dorky, but inherently good and helpful!