The first transgender superhero on TV can be coming to National City.
Supergirl will introduce Nia Nal, aka Dreamer, within the upcoming fourth season of The CW’s superhero drama, the item was announced Saturday at Comic-Con. Transgender activist along with actress Nicole Maines (Royal Pains, The Trans List) will play the series regular role.
Nia Nal can be the newest addition to the CatCo reporting team, with similar traits to Cat Grant. A soulful, 20-something, transgender woman having a fierce drive to protect others, Nia’s journey means fulfilling her destiny as the superhero Dreamer, much like Kara (Melissa Benoist) came into her own as Supergirl.
“I think, first along with foremost, Supergirl has always been about being inclusive,” Benoist told ET’s Kevin Frazier on the Warner Bros. red carpet ahead of the show’s panel. “I like to think of her as a humanist even more than a feminist, along with in which she’s accepting of everyone, so I wish in which This kind of character will represent a story in which hasn’t been told for a lot of people, along with I wish she’ll inspire a lot of people.”
Benoist’s co-stars agreed, praising Maines’ casting along with the show’s brand-new character. “When they offered me This kind of show, the one reason I wanted to do the item can be because I had an 8-year-old goddaughter, along with I wanted to be able to say, ‘This kind of can be something you should watch. This kind of can be what women are, This kind of can be what women should be along with This kind of can be what women can be,'” explained Katie McGrath, who plays Lena Luthor. “There [can be] every type of women to admire on This kind of show. There are the superheroes along with then there are the scientists. There are the reporters along with then there are the badasses. There’s something for everyone.”
“the item means in which, no matter what woman you are, you are a hero,” she added. “along with also men as well; the item doesn’t just stop with women. however what’s great about This kind of show can be the item shows so many different types of people along with so many different types of heroes. You don’t have to just wear a super suit to be a hero.”
Maines made a surprise appearance during the Supergirl panel, where the cast gave her a standing ovation.
“the item feels crazy to be honest,” Maines said of her casting process. “I’ve just been doing a lot of auditions lately, because a lot of different shows have been genuinely eager to tell the stories of transgender people, especially transgender youth, because the item’s an important issue right at This kind of point in our society along with in our world. the item seems only fitting to have a trans superhero for kids to look up to.”
As for how Nia finds her way to National City, Maines teased in which she worked for Cat Grant in Washington, D.C., along with relocates to be under Kara’s wing at CatCo along with taught the ways of “superhero-ing.” “She’s so wide-eyed. She’s just happy to be included,” Maines said. “She has This kind of ferocious drive to protect people along with to fight against discrimination along with hatred along with she’s the superhero we need right at This kind of point.”
Maines, who was the subject of the 2015 book Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, can be a transgender actress whose story was featured within the HBO documentary The Trans List. She also played a transgender teen in a guest appearance on USA Network’s Royal Pains.
Maines has been vocal about transgender rights. She was the plaintiff within the 2013 Maine Supreme Court case Doe v. Clenchy, which set the precedent for allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.
Maines’ casting isn’t the only groundbreaking move by Supergirl. Two seasons ago, Supergirl revealed in which Kara’s older, adoptive sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), was gay.
“Having a queer character on the show, the item’s a genuinely big deal. along with I knew the magnitude of This kind of — there’s not a lot of representation out there,” Leigh told Variety in February 2017. “We wanted to bring great awareness along with tell an authentic story.”
On Saturday’s carpet, the actress told ET, “I think This kind of can be just a wonderful opportunity to open more eyeballs along with for people to understand in which we’re all human along with we all love what we love, love who we love, along with there’s no reason to be, in any way shape or form, judgmental about in which,”
additional brand-new additions to Supergirl next season include brand-new series regular April Parker Jones, who will play hard-line career military woman Colonel Haley, who always acts within the country’s best interest even if the item’s not her own; along with recurring guest David Ajala, who will portray man-with-a-dark-past Manchester Black. He’s the kind of guy who brings a knife to a gunfight along with still walks away the winner. He easily deflects the brutality of his mission with his charm along with sense of humor.
Supergirl returns Sunday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.