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The Flash movie casts first Latina Supergirl with Young and the Restless actress


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Supergirl will arrive in the DC universe with the upcoming movie for The Flash.

Director Andy Muschietti announced on social media Friday that Sasha Calle, a Daytime Emmy nominee for The Young and the Restless, has been cast in the role — making Calle the first Latina Supergirl.

Muschietti revealed the news by releasing a video of the time he told Calle she got the part.

“Little me would be like, ‘No way!'” the actress said through tears. “Can I freak out for a second?”

She now joins Ezra Miller, who’s returning as the titular scarlet speedster, in the movie that is inspired by the Flashpoint Paradox arc from the comics, which involves multiple realities. Muschietti previously revealed that Ben Affleck would also reprise his role of Batman for the film after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, while Michael Keaton as a parallel universe Batman would have a “substantial” part.

Muschietti told Deadline separately that he “saw more than 400 auditions” for the part.

“The US, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia. The talent pool was truly amazing and it was very hard to make a decision, but we finally found an actress who was destined to play this role,” he said.

Calle was nominated last year for the Outstanding Young Performer in a Drama category for her portrayal of Lola Rosales on The Young and the Restless. She also starred on the web series Socially Awkward.

Supergirl is a title given to multiple characters throughout the lexicon of DC Comics, but the original was Kara Zor-el, Superman’s Kryptonian cousin who also has super strength, invulnerability, flight, speed, laser vision, and X-ray vision. Melissa Benoist plays the character on the CW show Supergirl and the crossover TV events with the Arrowverse roster of series. Supergirl will end with season 6.

The Flash is scheduled for release in theaters on June 3, 2022.

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