Melissa Benoist Passes the Supergirl Cape to Milly Alcock, Offers Words of Wisdom

The former 'Supergirl' star offers advice to the 'House of the Dragon' actress, who will portray the iconic superhero in the upcoming DCU film, 'Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow'.

AceShowbiz - As fans eagerly await Milly Alcock's debut as Supergirl in the DC Universe's "Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow", former "Supergirl" star Melissa Benoist has shared some valuable insights and encouragement for the young actress. Benoist, who brought Kara Zor-El to life from 2015 to 2021, knows well the pressure and excitement that come with portraying such an iconic character.

During a recent appearance on Collider's "Ladies Night" podcast, Benoist emphasized the importance of keeping the audience in mind while working on the show. "I think what always drove me while working on that show was the audience and who I knew I was making the show for," she recalled. "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."

Benoist's portrayal of Supergirl was a significant moment for inclusivity in the superhero genre. Her tenure was not just about fighting comic book foes but also about inspiring young women, which resulted in critical acclaim and an 88% Rotten Tomatoes score across all seasons. As Alcock steps into this illustrious role, she will be part of a new chapter in the DCU under the creative vision of James Gunn and Peter Safran.

The upcoming film "Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow", directed by Craig Gillespie and inspired by Tom King's graphic novel, promises a deeper character study of Kara Zor-El. The story will take her away from Earth, where she aids an alien girl named Ruthye in seeking revenge for her father's death. This fresh take on Supergirl, set to be released in June 2026, will undoubtedly challenge Alcock in her first major film role.

Interestingly, while some former Supergirl actors might be tempted to offer advice, Benoist believes in allowing Alcock the space to create her own version of the character. Speaking at the premiere of her new drama series "The Girls on the Bus", Benoist remarked, "I hesitate to give anyone advice because I feel like the joy that Supergirl exudes [and] what she stands for, everyone that is able to don the cape -- [the way] I was lucky to be able to -- should have their own spin on it."

With Alcock's portrayal on the horizon, fans are eager to see how she will interpret the powerful and complex character of Supergirl. Benoist's reflections and encouragement not only highlight the significance of audience connection but also speak to the excitement and potential of new beginnings within the beloved DC Universe.

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