It sounds like a Supergirl movie may finally be happening - and we know just the actress to play her in the DCEU. Well, we know nine who could handle the role, depending on what kind of a Supergirl story WB is looking to tell.
With a faithful take on Supergirl already airing on The CW, it's possible, and probably better for the studio to try something different. A younger Kara struggling to understand her new life, perhaps, or an older Superwoman who can stand as an equal to Henry Cavill's Superman.
Heck, why not scrap the "cousin" relationship and just reveal Kara to be the last Kryptonian not trying to kill Clark Kent?
We know that Zack Snyder had a plan for Supergirl in his larger movie universe, apparently unrelated to the version of Kara in Man of Steel's prequel comic. We wouldn't bet that his vision will be the one that WB takes, but that only makes it harder to guess what actress a Supergirl movie will need, not easier.
In the interest of not only suggesting actresses we could see playing Supergirl, but preparing fans for what the casting might say about the overall movie's direction, we're running down our top contenders.
9. Imogen Poots
The type of movie WB will want to make will inform the casting of Supergirl more than any other factor, so for our first pick, we're going with an actress versatile enough to easily pull off the challenge. Imogen Poots has demonstrated smarts, nerve, emotion, and a sense of humor throughout her career on film and TV (most recognizable to casual moviegoers for her roles in Green Room, That Awkward Moment, and Need For Speed).
Her star is still on the rise among her peers, and may step into the realm of comic book adaptations once the TV version of Y: The Last Man arrives (playing Yorick's older sister, Hero). As an actress who has chosen one interesting project after another, Imogen Poots stepping into the role of Kara Zor-El wouldn't just be fitting, but a great sign that the film itself holds promise.
8. Margaret Qualley
The other main question facing a Supergirl on film is how close it will keep to the TV version currently airing. Assuming that the filmmakers will want to take Kara in a different direction - perhaps one exploring the fear, isolation, and trauma Kara has to endure upon waking up on Earth - an actress like Margaret Qualley is a bullseye. Because it isn't easy being dangerous, angry, devastated, and afraid, all while remaining inherently likeable. But that's something Supergirl and Qualley have achieved in both their pasts.
Lest any fans worry that we're pitching a dark, or psychological thriller version of Supergirl, Kara still ends up as a hero. But being raised on Krypton gives Kara an "otherworldly" nature Clark never faced, Qualley's training as a ballet dancer and fashion model before acting will give her a head start. And with the range she's shown in the live-action adaptation of Death Note, Shane Black's The Nice Guys, or on HBO's The Leftovers, we trust she could do Kara Zor-El justice.
7. Jessica Rothe
If the critical reception of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad (not the box office) has convinced the studio that pursuing a whimsical, more lighthearted treatment of Supergirl is best, they may not care about the movie falling too closely to the TV show. Which means that the door would be open to another actress cut from the same cloth as Melissa Benoist - that's Jessica Rothe, who fans may have already seen killed multiple times in Happy Death Day.
Others may know her from the MTV series Mary + Jane, which confirmed her knack for smaller-scale comedy in unorthodox situations (and the same goes for Death Day). Again, we can't say whether or not it's wise to deliver two similar takes on The Girl of Steel on film and TV. But for those wanting to see Henry Cavill's Superman interact with TV's style of Supergirl, that's a job that Rothe could excel at, while making it her own.
6. Naomi Scott
If her role on the short-lived Fox series Terra Nova showed she had leading potential, then the Power Rangers movie confirmed that Naomi Scott had truly arrived. Anyone who missed out on the reboot doesn't need to take our word for it. Before long, Scott was signed by Disney in the coveted role of Princess Jasmine in their live-action Aladdin movie. So if her star power seems like less than Supergirl demands, that's about to change.
It's well-deserved, too. If WB plans to give young women a heroine who embraces superpowers, instead of being terrified by them, then Scott's attitude and confidence will be put to good use. And before anyone claims that Kara Zor-El needs to be Caucasian to match Henry Cavill's skin tone... let's just not waste time on that question. Plus, Scott's native English accent would fit right in with most of the Kryptonians glimpsed in Man of Steel.