Bonnie Osborne
March 06, 2015 at 09:07 PM EST

The new Supergirl costume feels very different—and in this case, that’s a good thing.

Warner Bros. released the first shot of Melissa Benoist in costume for the new CBS series from Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg. Gone are the days of the bright blue and red color scheme, as this Kara Zor-El appears to be taking a walk on the dark side—figuratively, of course.

Also different from the costume Helen Slater donned in the ’80s is that Kara is showing off less skin now that her boots go above her knees and she appears to be wearing stockings underneath. And she certainly isn’t sporting the bare midriff Kara has often appeared with in the comics.

The costume, designed by three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood, also feels very reminiscent of the texturized one Henry Cavill dons in Man of Steel, even down to the positioning of the cape.  “In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace the past, but more importantly, thrust her into the street-style action hero of today,” says Atwood, who also designed the costumes for The Flash and Arrow.

What do you think of the new costume?

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