Sasha Calle, the actress from The Young and the Restless, has just become the first Latina to star as Supergirl in 2022’s movie, The Flash. The famous character was first introduced to the audience in 2017’s Justice League, and this new movie will follow him more closely.
After being nominated for her outstanding performance in a drama series category for the Young and the Restless, Calle learned she had landed the role of Supergirl during a call with the director of the movie, Andy Muschietti.
The video-call was posted to her Instagram shortly after finding out she had landed the role. It opens with the two interchanging jokes, with Muschietti asking her if she can physically fly. He then whips out a costume, saying, ‘You’re Supergirl.’
Immediately, Calle bursts into tears of joy.
In an interview with Deadline, Muschietti said over 400 people auditioned for the role before choosing Calle. “The US, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia. The talent pool was truly amazing, and it was very hard to make a decision, but we finally found an actress who was destined to play this role,” Muschietti shared.
Helen Slater was the first to play Supergirl in Warner Bros 1984 movie.
However, Melissa Benoist was the last woman to play the role of Zoe-el on Supergirl at the CW, which is going to close with their sixth season this year.
After the movie was announced, the audience also found out Ben Afflick would play Batman. This could possibly mean that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is starting the next generation of movies.
One way or another, this seems to be a new generation for representation on the big screen.
To be the first Latina to play the role of Supergirl is not only inspiring, but it evidences the glassdoor continues to be shattered, and we’re witnessing from the first row.
The Flash is expected to be released in theaters on June 3, 2022. Hopefully no mask in sight, only the ones on the screen.