"Supergirl" Casts First Transgender Superhero In Television's History

Melissa Benoist in Supergirl

At the series' San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday, the CW announced that Royal Pains and The Trans List's Nicole Maines will join Supergirl season 4 as Nia Nal, better known by the superhero moniker Dreamer, to become the first transgender superhero on television. The character is a soulful young transgender woman, who is said to have an intense drive to protect others.

In an interview with Variety, Maines discussed the responsibility she feels towards the historic role.

"We can be whoever we want, we can do whatever we want, we can be superheroes, because in many ways we are", she said.

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CBR also pointed out that the Legion of Super-Heroes comic also introduced a transgender character in 1992 in the form of the scientist Shvaughn Erin, Element Lad's romantic interest, who took a drug to changer her sex from male to female.

Maines also talked about the recent controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson, who bowed out of playing a transgender man in a feature filming after her casting sparked an intense backlash online. "I think it's just failure to realize the context behind having cisgender people play transgender characters because we don't see the same issue with sexuality".

"We've had trans representation in television for a while but it hasn't been the right representation". "We've had trans representation in television for a while but it hasn't been the right representation". And so it seems only fitting that we have a trans superhero for trans kids to look up to.

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Maines explained that part of the problem with casting cis actors in trans roles is that it could lend credence to "harmful rhetoric" about trans people. And so having trans people play trans roles shows that we are valid in our identity and we deserve to exist as we do.

In addition, the show has tapped April Parker Jones (If Loving You Is Wrong) to play the series-regular role of Colonel Haley and David Ajala (Falling Water) to recur as Manchester Black. Supergirl's version is described as "the type of guy who brings a knife to a gunfight and still walks away the victor".

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