There’s a new Supergirl in town. “The Young and the Restless” star Sasha Calle has been cast as the DC Comics hero and will make her film debut in the upcoming installment “The Flash.”
Director Andy Muschietti confirmed the news on Instagram. In an emotional video, Calle finds out on camera that she has landed the part. “Little me would be like, ‘No way,'” she says, through tears. “I’m probably not going to stop crying all day.”
The film, the first standalone adventure for the Flash following appearances in “Justice League” and “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” features Ezra Miller as the eponymous speedster known as Barry Allen. The DC Extended Universe entry has been in the works for some time now, having suffered numerous setbacks since it was originally expected to hit theaters years ago. “The Flash” was further knocked by the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the studio to postpone production. The film is currently scheduled to begin shooting in 2021.
“The Flash” is slated to release theatrically on Nov. 4, 2022.
Muschietti reportedly auditioned more than 400 actresses prior to casting Calle, the first Latina ever to portray Supergirl. In DC canon, several actresses have donned the red and blue Spandex, starting with Helen Slater in the 1984 Warner Bros. movie, Laura Vandervoort on the CW series “Smallville” and most recently Melissa Benoist on the Warner Bros. TV series of the same name.
“The Flash” will mark Calle’s first film role. She received a Daytime Emmy nomination last year for “The Young and the Restless,” in which she plays Lola Rosales.
Along with Calle and Miller, “The Flash” will include appearances by Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton, who will reprise their roles of Batman from separate films. The need for two Caped Crusaders, you ask? Well that’s because “The Flash” will unfold in a multiverse, which involves several dimensions that exist simultaneously and allow different versions of the same character to exist concurrently — and occasionally overlap. The concept was initially introduced to casual comic book fans in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and will be revisited in Disney and Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
Christina Hodson, who wrote the “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee” and “Birds of Prey,” has penned the latest version of the script. Muschietti, best known for directing “It” and the sequel “It: Chapter Two,” boarded the film after John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, and Rick Famuyiwa separately parted ways.