Can You Fly?
Can you fly…?
This is the question director Andy Muschietti asks actress Sasha Calle in a video call. You can see a two minute clip on YouTube. If you haven’t seen it already, I recommend you do. It’s the most heartwarming clip I’ve ever seen.
The title of the clip on YouTube is “DCEU Supergirl announcement”. Yes! We have a new Supergirl, and she’s being played for the first time by a Latinx/Latina.
Sasha Calle is Colombian from Boston, Massachusetts. She has recently received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Younger Performer in a drama series in 2020 for her role as Lola Rosales on The Young and the Restless.
Like many superhero characters, especially in the MCU & DCEU, Supergirl will have multiple appearances in various movies. So get used to seeing Sasha. She’ll make her debut in the highly anticipated Flash movie. Set to be released in 2022.
Going back to the video call…
We are given so much in just a few minutes. The “spanglish” was great as Andy and Sasha went back and forth, speaking both English and Spanish. We don’t know how long and rigorous the casting process was, but from the clip, we get the sense that Sasha has had multiple meetings and conversations. Andy opens by stating he has a few more questions for Sasha. Sasha is open to any question, when Andy asks Sasha, “Can you fly?”.
What follows this question is one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen. It’s like watching the Pursuit of Happyness and getting to the end. Will Smith with his arms raised and crying with joy. This is what I saw and felt, watching Sasha get emotional. She even asks if she could let her emotions out a bit.
Just seeing her joy brings me joy. It’s a contagious joy. I can’t wait to see her in action.
Now, sadly we also come to the same issues we’ve discussed in my article “Find Me Under the Mask”.
Do I or have I seen any valid arguments as to why Sasha would not be great as Supergirl? No. What’s the most common gripe I continue to see people have with this casting? Blonde hair.
Let’s ignore the racial undertones, of which people are really looking for a blonde, blue eyed white girl to play Supergirl, and just focus on the hair.
Personally, I’m totally fine if we were getting a brunette Supergirl. But….but if we needed to make Supergirl’s hair blonde, let’s consider a few things.
First, I’m pretty sure Sasha would be up to dying her hair if need be.
Second, let’s look at the movie and special effects, where we’ll be seeing Supergirl for the first time. What is the The Flash movie going to be about? Well, we know the Flash (one of my favorite superheroes) has super speed. It is said that the movie will deal with different timelines and/or alternate universes. This to me sounds like a lot of special effects and even CGI will be used.
If I’m looking at the scope of difficulty of any of the special effects, CGI, or scenes, well then the task of changing hair color doesn’t seem to be that difficult.
What really needs to be acknowledged is the impact this will have and currently has begun to have. Overpowering the negative is the massive support for Sasha.
People are filling chat groups and social media sites.
“I am so “happy” for this young lady you did it!!! Now it’s time “save” the world “Supergirl””.
“I can’t wait OMFG this is history”
“y habla español!!!!!!!🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳💘💘💘💘”
“I honestly can’t wait to see her as Supergirl people are saying she can’t because she Latina and Supergirl is white but she’s not she’s Kryptonian and that’s not a race and most importantly she’s a alien”
We’ll continue to discuss representation, and bring awareness to people like Sasha Calle, bringing hope and inspiration to many.
Up up and away, Supergirl. We’re cheering for you!
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