With so many alien enemies, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) is often fighting on a level playing field with her foes. That means she needs to use every skill at her disposal, which often includes some old-fashioned hand-to-hand combat. This translates to a lot of hard work from Benoist under the guidance of her stunt coordinators – and now she may get an experienced action perspective from a guest director, too.
Lexi Alexander, a former World Kickboxing champion and United States Marine Corps combat instructor, started her career in Hollywood as a stunt woman. She progressed to directing, including the film Punisher: War Zone and well-received recent Arrow episode, “Beyond Redemption”. Now it appears she’ll be continuing to work in the world of DC TV.
The new about Alexander working on Supergirl got out via a couple of tweets from Alexander and comedian Patton Oswalt. The director’s replies to excited fans indicated confirmation that the allusions to her next directing gig are true:
Sorry I canceled all kinds of events in a secretive manner & sorry I won't make it to Christkindl Market this year, but #SupGirl...you know?— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) December 2, 2015
Supergirl has always been promised as a story of female empowerment, and the production has included women in some off-screen roles as well. This includes co-creator Ali Adler (Glee, Chuck), writers Caitlin Parrish (Under the Dome) and Rachel Shukert (Red Band Society), and assistant stunt coordinator/2nd unit director Anna Lauren Long (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). So far it looks like Alexander will be the first woman to direct the series.
Alexander herself has been outspoken about the lack of equal opportunities for female directors, particularly on action-oriented properties like Arrow and Supergirl. As she recently told Vulture, her own action-oriented resume has helped.
“I think in industries riddled with bias, you tend to hire women only if their previous work is very masculine, which is hilarious given that this is not how male directors are chosen. I am pretty sure when Kenneth Branagh came up for Thor, nobody at Marvel thought: ‘Yes, that Kenneth Branagh is masculine enough to do action, just look at Henry V and The Magic Flute.'”
There’s no word yet on which upcoming episode Alexander will take charge of, but we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest news. There will be a lot more updates coming on Supergirl, since the show just got a full season pickup. Stars Benoist, Chyler Leigh (Alex), and David Harewood (Hank) recently posted a video to thank the fans for their support:
Supergirl airs on CBS, Monday nights at 8/7c.