Supergirl to feature TV’s first transgender superhero

Transgender activist and actor Nicole Maines will play Nia Nal in the fourth season of the show

Nicole Maines is to become the first-ever transgender superhero in TV series Supergirl.

Maines, who is an activist and is transgender herself, has been cast as Nia Nal/Dreamer in the series and will be introduced in the fourth series. The series is based on the DC Comics character.

Speaking at Comic-Con in San Diego, Maines said: “It seems only fitting that we have a trans superhero for trans kids to look up to.”

Maines told  Variety: “I want fans to take away an understanding of trans people. We can be anybody, we can be who we want, we can be superheroes – because in many ways we are.”

She added: “We’ve had trans representation in television for a while but it hasn’t been the right representation.”

“Having trans people play trans roles show that we are valid in our identities and we exist.”

Nicole Maines at San Diego’s Comic-Con – Credit: Mike Coppola / Getty

The show’s creators described Nia Nal as a “soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others”.
She joins April Parker Jones, who plays Colonel Haley and David Ajala, who portrays character Manchester Black.
The show resumes on October 21 on Sky 1 in the UK.