Supergirl Season 4 to Introduce TV's First Transgender Superhero

23 July, 2018, 05:52 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Nicole Maines is ‘nervous’ to portray first ever trans superhero

The CW's Supergirl is making history with the addition of television's first transgender superhero.

Her character's name on Supergirl is Nia Nal (aka Dreamer).

The announcement of not just Dreamer but of Maines in the role was met with an outpouring of support and excitement on Twitter with fans excited to see what the new addition will bring not only to the show, but to representation of LGBTQ youth in media.

The trade publication Variety quoted Maines in an interview as saying, "We can be whoever we want, we can do whatever we want, we can be superheroes, because in many ways we are", adding, "We've had trans representation in television for a while but it hasn't been the right representation". "And what we see on television has a very dramatic effect on our society".

Maines is the subject of author Amy Ellis Nutt's book Becoming Nicole.

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'In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have chose to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project, ' she said in a statement to Out Magazine.

Nicole has gone on to an acting career, winning a 2016 GLAAD award for her performance in U.S. show Royal Pains.

Maines explained that part of the problem with casting cis actors in trans roles is that it could lend credence to "harmful rhetoric" about trans people.

The news that the DC Comics show will welcome a transgender character played by a transgender person shows a step toward inclusion onscreen at a time when Scarlett Johansson has faced backlash for signing on to play a transgender man. And so having trans people play trans roles shows that we are valid in our identity and we deserve to exist as we do. 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.

Starring Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers, David Harewood as Martian Manhunter, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen and Chyler Leigh as Alex Danver, Supergirl returns on a new night, Sunday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Jericho star April Parker Jones joins the upcoming season of Supergirl as Colonel Haley along with David Ajala as Manchester Black.

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