'Supergirl' to feature first-ever transgender superhero on television in Nicole Maines' Dreamer
In what is undoubtedly a groundbreaking development, 'Supergirl' will boast television's first-ever transgender superhero.
The cast and producers of The CW/Warner Bros' superhero action-adventure series 'Supergirl' took the stage at the show's San Diego International Comic-Con 2018 panel session to reveal that the series will be adding three new cast members to its ranks for the upcoming fourth season.
Part of the big reveal was that the show is set to feature television's first-ever transgender hero in Nicole Maines' Nia Nal/Dreamer. A staunch proponent of transgender rights, Maines is best-known as being the pseudonymous plaintiff of Doe v. Clenchy brought before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in June 2013 that set a precedent for allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice across the country.
Having featured in the HBO documentary 'The Trans List,' the groundbreaking actress made a guest appearance in an episode of USA Network TV drama 'Royal Pains' and is also the subject of author Amy Ellis Nutt's book, 'Becoming Nicole.'
Her character in 'Supergirl' will be the newest addition to the CatCo reporting team. Described as "a soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others," her journey in season 4 will see her fulfilling her destiny as the superhero Dreamer. Her transformation has likened to that of how Melissa Benoist's Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-El came into her own as Supergirl.
Speaking about her new role, Maines told Variety: "I haven’t really wrapped my head around it. It feels fitting to say with great power, comes great responsibility,” adding, “I’m nervous because I want to do it right."
In addition to Maines, fans of the show will also be seeing the addition of two further cast members. April Parker Jones (Jericho, The Last Ship) will feature in a series regular role of Colonel Haley, "a hardline career military woman who lives and dies by the orders of her commanding officers." Dedicated to her country, she will always act in its best interest — even if it's not her own. A confrontation with Supergirl seems all but set in stone.
David Ajala (Dr. Who, Nightflyers, The Dark Knight) will portray the recurring role of Manchester Black. An official description for the character reads: "Based on the iconic DC character, Manchester Black is the type of guy who brings a knife to a gunfight and still walks away the winner. With a dark past, he easily deflects the brutality of his mission with his charm and sense of humor."
Maines, Jones, and Ajala will be joining the previously announced new series regulars Jesse Rath (who plays the Legion of Super Heroes’ Brainiac-5) and Sam Witwer (who will play Agent Liberty).
Season 4 of 'Supergirl' will premiere on The CW on October 14, 2018, in its new Sunday 8/7c time period. Based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. It is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.