The Young and the Restless standout Sasha Calle will appear as Supergirl in the upcoming film adaptation of The Flash, filmmaker Andy Muschietti revealed today in a video posted to his Instagram account. The director reportedly saw literally hundreds of actors to play the character, who will debut in the 2022 superhero film, which will also star Ezra Miller as the titular Scarlet Speedster and Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck, each reprising their versions of Batman. It is not yet clear whether Calle's Supergirl will hail from the main DC Films timeline or from another location in the multiverse.
Calle will be the latest live-action iteration of Supergirl, following in the footsteps of Helen Slater, who played the role in a 1984 movie, and Melissa Benoist, who currently headlines Supergirl on The CW. Set in the shared DC continuity fans call the Arrowverse, Benoist's series is set to conclude at the end of its upcoming season.
You can see Muschietti and Calle make the announcement below.
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The video, which takes the form of a video call between Muschietti and Calle, first feels pretty staged, with the filmmaker asking whether Calle can fly, and Calle playing the joke off in a low-key fashion. Pretty quickly, though, it seems as though this might be the moment that Calle actually learned about the gig, as she is visibly emotional when the director shows her a Superman costume and tells her that "you're Supergirl."
Calle marks the first time the character has been played by a Latina. In the comics and on The CW's Supergirl, Kara Zor-El is Superman's first cousin, and is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed character. In a tie-in comic released around the time of Man of Steel, Kara Zor-El was depicted as blonde as well -- but instead of being Sueprman's cousin, she was an ancestor of his, who traveled to earth thousands of years ago and was stranded here, her scout ship being the one Clark Kent found in the movie.
Earlier this week, following DC's announcement that they would begin publishing comics set in the universes of the 1989 Batman and 1978 Superman movies, ComicBook speculated about whether Brandon Routh's Superman, who was a continuation of the one played by Christopher Reeve in the '70s and '80s, might appear in The Flash. The music that plays behind the footage of Calle seeing the costume for the first time is a theme from the Reeve movies.
The Flash is currently scheduled to open in theaters on November 4, 2022.