Supergirl casts Nicole Maines as TV’s first transgender superhero

Supergirl will be making history in Season 4. Television's hit drama Supergirl took the stage at the show's Comic-Con 2018 panel session to reveal that the DC Super Hero series will welcome three new cast members for the upcoming 2018-19 season - including TV's first transgender superhero.

According to her official character description, Nal is the newest addition to the CatCo reporting team.

"She has this ferocious drive to protect people and to fight against discrimination and hatred", Maines told the audience during the panel.

Nia Nal, a.k.a., Dreamer, is a transgender superhero played by Maines - herself a transgender woman.

Prior to the Supergirl news, Maines had been featured in the 2016 HBO documentary, The Trans List, which profiled eleven transgender Americans.

'Supergirl' casts Nicole Maines as TV's first transgender superhero
Maines was featured in the HBO documentary The Trans List and is the subject of the book Becoming Nicole by author Amy Ellis Nutt. With trans folks we have a lot of people accusing us of just playing dress up for whatever reasons and that's just not true.

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There's no indication yet whether Maines' character on Supergirl will depicted as a member of the show's Legion, which so far has included Mon-El, Brainiac 5 and Saturn Girl among its ranks (Chameleon was also mentioned). "It feels fitting to say with great power, comes great responsibility, I'm nervous because I want to do it right". "She's the superhero we need right now". "I wish there was a trans superhero when I was little".

Supergirl introducing Maines' Nia Nal as TV's first transgender superhero sets an incredible precedent and opens the doors for even more positive LGBTQ+ representation on the small screen.

Up, up, and away Supergirl goes to a historic casting decision. With trans folks we have a lot of people accusing us of just playing dress up for whatever reasons and that's just not true.

She added: "I think that cis gender actors don't take roles out of malice, it's just a failure to realize the context of having cis gender people play trans gender characters".

Maines is joined in Season 4 by fellow newcomers April Parker Jones (Jericho, The Last Ship) as Colonel Haley and David Ajala (Doctor Who, The Dark Knight) as Manchester Black. David Ajala (Dr. Who, Nightflyers) will be recurring on the series as the British vigilante anti-hero Manchester Black, a beloved DC comics character.

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