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Supergirl's New Arrowverse Symbol and Suit, Explained

As Supergirl prepares to return for its fifth season on The CW, the eponymous DC TV superhero will have a new suit and symbol as she continues to defend National City and the Arrowverse from new threats. The new uniform is markedly different than both previous seasons and the classic costume from the original comic book source material most often associated with the character.

Here is a quick comparison between the new suit and its counterparts at the start of the CW series and the comics.

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The Comic Book Costume

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The classic, most iconic version of Supergirl's costume in comics has the superhero wearing a form-fitting version of her cousin Superman's costume, with its blue uniform accented by a red cape and boots. In lieu of Superman's red shorts, Supergirl's usual costume has a red skirt without leggings. Since both Kryptonians are from the House of El, they bear the same red and yellow "S" family crest that also stands for the Kryptonian word for hope.

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The basic design would stay largely intact over Supergirl's comic history though occasionally the midriff would be bared while the skirt would be swapped out for red shorts. Matching  her design on Superman: The Animated Series, Supergirl would later get a white t-shirt bearing the El logo while her New 52 costume more closely resembled her classic design though tweaked to give it more of an armored look and militaristic boots.

The Original Arrowverse Costume

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For much of the first four seasons of Supergirl, the Arrowverse's incarnation of Kara Zor-El has a relatively similar costume to her classic comic book uniform. The blue body suit with red cape, skirt, and boots are all sit present as is the gold belt linking the skirt to the torso.

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The most notable difference involves the familiar Super logo which trades the logo's iconic yellow background for a thing gold trim around the outline of the 'S,' instead going right to the blue material used throughout the majority of the costume's torso in direct contrast to the Arrowverse's Superman costume worn by Tyler Hoechlin which has the traditional yellow background on the logo.

The New Arrowverse Costume

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At Comic-Con International in San Diego last month, it was revealed that Supergirl would adopt a brand new costume for the upcoming fifth season, and its one of the most radical redesigns of the character's look to date. The skirt is eschewed entirely and the bare legs replaced by full leggings in what appears to be a one-piece costume. The logo, still lacking the gold background, now appears to be attached as a separate item rather than a printed or embroidered one.

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The suit itself has more prominent lines dividing it into sections, with textured fabric instead of the relatively smooth original Arrowverse costume. The belt is more metallic than its predecessor while the sleeves move up further on the backs of both hands. Finally, while the cape does not appear to be changed from its earlier incarnation, it now connects to the suit through two brackets like Superman's Arrowverse costume rather than join together at the hem of the collar as they had for the first four seasons.

With her new threads, Supergirl will be fighting for the fate of the entire DC TV Multiverse this coming season in the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, which will join the heroes of the Arrowverse together they face the threat that endangers all of existence.

Returning Sunday, October 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers, David Harewood as Martian Manhunter, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen and Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers.

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