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The Flash: Why Supergirl's Flying Style Is So 'Angry,' According To Sasha Calle

One of the traits that has defined DC Comics icons Superman and Supergirl over the years is the way they pose their bodies while flying — an idea not lost on Sasha Calle when playing Supergirl in "The Flash."

Previously, Christopher Reeve's and Henry Cavill's film iterations of Superman had the Man of Steel's right arm or both arms extended forward while flying. Meanwhile, Helen Slater's movie version of Supergirl flies with her right arm stretched forward with a clenched fist and her left arm tucked by her side, although it's not unusual to see the superhero stretch both of her arms out sideways as if to form a pair of wings.

Now, nearly 40 years after Slater's 1984 turn in "Supergirl" (the character has been realized by the likes of Melissa Benoist and Laura Vandervoort on TV in-between), it's Calle's turn to fly with "The Flash." For Calle, it's not so much about Supergirl's pose while flying, but the attitude that drives it.

Calle told Jake's Takes' Jake Hamilton in an interview that she let her emotions dictate Supergirl's flying actions. "My body kind of knew what she would do in those, like, emotions, right?" she explained. "I really think about how she's feeling, how much time she's spent on this earth [and] the decisions that she's made in her time on Krypton ... I wanted [my flying] for some reason to just be, like, head on a lot of the time because I think that there's so much anger that she has and there's not a lot of time to process [it] ... she just bolts."

Calle says meeting Cavill made her turn as Supergirl feel complete

From the trailers and other information revealed about "The Flash" so far, it's clear the film is a DC multiversal affair. The approach allows director Andy Muschietti the opportunity to bring in Michael Keaton's Batman in from Tim Burton's classic movies, Ben Affleck's Batman from Zack Snyder's more recent outings, and Michael Shannon's General Zod from Snyder's 2013 blockbuster "Man of Steel." Muschietti also recently spoiled the "Flash" movie's biggest cameo, and it's a doozy.

And while Snyder's Man of Steel, Henry Cavill, doesn't factor into the events of "The Flash," Sasha Calle said she still needed validation from the actor to make her performance as Supergirl feel complete. "I didn't meet him until after we finished the movie," Calle told Jake Hamilton. "We briefly met and I gave him a hug. He is so sweet and so kind ... I obviously was, like, nerding out, and I was like, 'Did I make you proud ... as Superman, did I make you proud?' And he was, like, 'Absolutely. You killed it,' and that meant a lot to me."

"The Flash" has been an emotional ride for the actor since the moment Calle learned she would be Supergirl in the new "Flash" movie, when Muschietti asked her in a video call if she wanted to fly while holding Supergirl's costume up in front of the camera.

Starring Ezra Miller in the title role, "The Flash" zips into theaters June 16, 2023.