SUPERGIRL Star Melissa Benoist Shares Her Advice For DCU's WOMAN OF TOMORROW Milly Alcock

SUPERGIRL Star Melissa Benoist Shares Her Advice For DCU's WOMAN OF TOMORROW Milly Alcock

Supergirl star Melissa Benoist has shared her advice for Milly Alcock (House of the Dragon) before she suits up in DC Studios' Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow and reflects on playing the Arrowverse's Kara.

By JoshWilding - Jun 20, 2024 06:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Supergirl
Source: Collider

Despite DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn calling The Flash "one of the greatest superhero movies ever made," he chose to drop Sasha Calle from the new DCU. He's since cast Milly Alcock as the title character in Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow.

The news has been welcomed given what we saw from Alcock in House of the Dragon and, in an interview with Collider, Melissa Benoist - who played the Girl of Steel in The CW's Supergirl - shared her advice for the rising star.

"I think what always drove me while working on that show was the audience and who I knew I was making the show for," Benoist said. "Of course, I know that she is an iconic character that spans many generations of fans."

"[But] the people that I was making that show for while we were making it were young women, and if I kept that in the forefront of my mind, it always made everything palatable."

When Benoist was cast in the Arrowverse, she was best known for starring in Glee. Her role in that series was a stark contrast to playing a superhero, but it still helped prepare the actress for Supergirl.

"What I learned on Glee was that I was a really hard worker and that I could do really hard things because the schedule on that show was grueling because there were so many moving parts. It was fun but tough. I'm sure if you've had anyone else from the show on here, they've said the same thing."

"You had to rehearse the dances, you had to prerecord the songs, then you had to film the songs, and filming the songs were a lot longer — they took hours and hours and hours — and then you also had the scene work. Then I knew that Supergirl was going to carry a lot of pressure , and the responsibilities were going to be immense. I think that my experience on Glee gave me the belief that I had the ability to carry Supergirl."

Benoist was the third person to play Supergirl in live-action. The first was Helen Slater in 1984's Supergirl movie (where she was portrayed as the cousin of Christopher Reeve's Superman) with Laura Vandervoort up next in Smallville. Benoist then followed and Calle came next in The Flash

There had been tentative plans for her to headline a spin-off, though those were ultimately scrapped by DC Studios.

Now, it will be up to Alcock to put her spin on the iconic comic book character when Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow is released in theaters on June 26, 2026.

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FireandBlood - 6/20/2024, 7:10 AM
With the right material, Milly is going to absolute smash this role
dragon316 - 6/20/2024, 8:29 AM
@FireandBlood - shall see more than one way make movie bad
lazlodaytona - 6/20/2024, 10:46 AM
@FireandBlood - she even nearly exactly looks the part which i believe is always important.
I like Sasha's Supergirl but I hated the suit and her hair wasn't blonde. That stuff irritates me.
TheVisionary25 - 6/20/2024, 7:23 AM
That’s fair advice but idk if it will necessarily apply to Milly and the film since it needs to appeal to a wider audience than just young women but I get what she’s saying.

Anyway besides S4 which imo was one of the best in the Arrowverse , I don’t hold a strong enamor for that show even though I enjoyed it to varying degrees depending on the season…

However , Melissa was always one of if not THE bright spot of the show for me as Kara as she embodied that version of the character well and I enjoyed seeing her performance.

I am looking forward to Milly though since I think she could fit the role and am interested to see her carve a place for herself in the live action legacy of Supergirl!!.

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Apophis71 - 6/20/2024, 8:29 AM
@TheVisionary25 - Of all demographics typicaly cracking the market for young women tends to be the toughest to do, in regard to CBM's at least, WAY easier to get the male demographic onboard in general. Good looking Supergirl, plenty of action and a strong villain oft enough in the latter case, beyond what applies to attracting ALL audiences in regard to an actual good story and well scripted/made product.
TheVisionary25 - 6/20/2024, 9:03 AM
@Apophis71 - oh definitely.
mck13 - 6/20/2024, 9:44 AM
Who needs her advice? the show sucked
lazlodaytona - 6/20/2024, 10:52 AM
@mck13 - The whole idea of the show was not just making it a show to inspire girls. That concept I'm on board with.

I liked the show at first but then it became WAY too far left preachy. Not into politics or either side, but I watch Superhero stuff for escapism. Not to try to be politically convinced/bombarded.

I finally got fed up with the show when Supergirl was gone for an episode and the whole episode was about gun control and getting rid of them. Never saw an episode after that and will not ever.
NinnesMBC - 6/20/2024, 2:39 PM
@mck13 - Yeah why would an actress that's been in the skin of the character longer than anyone ever has and also has been far longer in the business even bother to share some tips as a good gesture? That's so lame bruh.

Seriously you people.
NinnesMBC - 6/20/2024, 2:42 PM
@lazlodaytona - One filler-ish episode out of the great run that was Season 3 was enough to fed you up? Jeez.
lazlodaytona - 6/21/2024, 6:49 AM
@NinnesMBC - it wasn't just one filler ep. it was a slow burn up to that point. It just kept getting preachy worse and worse until it hit that boiling point.

Don't get me wrong, Superman is my all-time fav and his cousin is right behind him too me. JJust didn't like how they handled this specific show.
karazorel - 6/20/2024, 10:36 AM
That’s really cool/nice of Melissa to give advice to anyone new who is about to portray a superhero. She was very supportive to Sasha Calle as Supergirl and Sasha was to her as well. She will always be one of the best people to ever wear the S shield. Sasha was fantastic as Supergirl last year but I’m excited to see Milly as The Girl of Steel.
THEKENDOMAN - 6/20/2024, 11:04 AM
Please keep your advice. Milly will do just fine.
NinnesMBC - 6/20/2024, 2:54 PM
True, one way or the other the ones that will be most enthusiastic to see a new Supergirl movie after years will be the female demographic in the end. If they aren't feeling nor liking what they're selling, it's over.

At this point most of actors that have lived and journeyed in the skin of these characters in DCTV should be welcomed at DC Studios as advisors in case the new gen needs any kind of advice. Gotta do something with that experience they've gained all these years.

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