Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Supergirl Season 4 Casts Nicole Maines As Transgender Superhero Dreamer

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Lora Ball | 22 July, 2018, 08:11

Two months after reports emerged that Supergirl was casting a transgender character to appear in season four, today's Comic Con International panel at San Diego introduced fans to Nia Nal, a transgender superhero known as Dreamer who will be played by Nicole Maines.

Dreamer is likely based on the Legion of Super-Heroes character Dream Girl (aka Nura Nal), who made her comic book debut in 1964 and had the power of precognitive visions.

Described as "a soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others", Nia won't be a full-fledged vigilante at the start of the fourth season of Supergirl.

As for how Nia finds her way to National City, Maines teased that she worked for Cat Grant in Washington, D.C., and relocates to be under Kara's wing at CatCo and taught the ways of "superhero-ing".

Most notably, the CW series will debut TV's first transgender superhero, Dreamer.

‘Supergirl’ Adds Nicole Maines As Transgender Superhero; April Parker Jones & David Ajala Also Cast – Comic-Con

This is the second bit of history-making news to come out of the Arrowverse this week. "Because it's such an important issue right now in our society and in the world". With trans folks we have a lot of people accusing us of just playing dress up for whatever reasons and that's just not true.

Jones' character, Colonel Haley, is described by the studio as a "hardline career military woman [who] lives and dies by the orders of her commanding officers". David Ajala plays Manchester Black, "the type of guy who brings a knife to a gunfight and still walks away the victor". He easily deflects the brutality of his mission with his charm and sense of humor. (If you want to learn more about Manchester Black, check out Patrick Gleason and Peter J. Tomasi's Superman: Black Dawn, which saw Manchester Black terrorize the Superman, Lois Lane, and their son Jon).

Jesse Rath, introduced in Season 3 as Brainiac 5, and Sam Witwer, who will play Agent Liberty, were previously announced as series regulars for Season 4.

For now, we can look forward to seeing fresh faces Nia Nal, Colonel Haley, and Manchester Black team up with the rest of the Supergirl crew when season 4 premieres Sunday, October 14 at 8 PM ET on the CW.

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