Supergirl season four is only a month away from premiering.
With it, the CW series will make history by being the first show to have a transgender superhero on television. Real life trans actress and activist, Nicole Maines joined the cast as Nia Nal/Dreamer, a superhero with precognitive abilities.
Entertainment Weekly released some photos showing Nal interact with her mentor, Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist). (The third picture shows Benoist with Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor and Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen/Guardian.)
On her upcoming role, Maines talked about her own real life heroism. In 2014, she made headlines as the plantiff in a landmark case where the Maine Supreme Judicial Court declared that it was illegal to prohibit transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice. It reminded Maines that there are people who are willing to stand-up for the marginalized.
“Saying it now sounds obvious, but that can be really hard to remember when you’re a trans kid who feels like your world’s been turned upside down. Just having someone to see in the media is so empowering and validating.”
As for Nia’s story on the show, Supergirl co-showrunners Jessica Queller and Robert Rovener shared that Nia and Kara will have a mentor-mentee relationship. They likened it to the Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) and Kara dynamic in season one. Though we’re thinking Kara will be a bit more nice.
Rovner said, “We’re telling a lot of stories of what’ll be happening in National City as a result of things that happen in the season opener. She’ll be reporting on all that there is and kind of learning from both Kara and from James. There are things that happen in this season opener that kind of propel the whole season forward, and the rise of the Children of Liberty and Agent Liberty [Sam Witwer], and she gets very involved with that.”
Maines admitted to finding Nia to be an inspiring role for her to play. (She’s also super excited to try on her superhero costume.)
“She reaches in and she recognizes her experience, and other people’s experiences, and brings folks together. She just lights my own fire to continue working for social justice; I admire her so much.”
Supergirl returns Sunday, October 14th at 8/7c on the CW.
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