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