CW's 'Supergirl' Casts Transgender Rights Activist as First Trans TV Superhero

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Most notably, the CW series will debut TV's first transgender superhero, Dreamer. Hopefully, the introduction of a new CatCo based character means this season will be spending a bit more time at CatCo, which diminished in importance in season 3 due to the fact that Kara was focused on being Supergirl.

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.

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.

"I think, first and foremost, Supergirl has always been about being inclusive", Benoist told ET's Kevin Frazier on the Warner Bros. red carpet ahead of the show's panel.

According to her official character description, Nal is the newest addition to the CatCo reporting team. And so it seems only fitting that we have a trans superhero for trans kids to look up to. What it did have was a new, space-faring, super suit.

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Maines appeared in the HBO documentary The Trans List, and guest starred on the USA Network series Royal Pains in 2015.

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

Maines, now 21, was the pseudonymous plaintiff in Doe v. Clency, the landmark 2013 case in which the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled it's unlawful for schools to deny transgender students access to the restroom consistent with their gender. April Parker-Jones, known for The Last Ship and If Loving You Is Wrong, landed the role of Colonel Haley.

Supergirl returns for Season 4 Sunday, Oct. 14 at 8/7c on the CW. David Ajala (Nightflyers, Doctor Who) is also on board, albeit in a recurring role rather than a series regular one, as the devilishly charming and witty Manchester Black, described as the kind of man who can best his enemies in any situation - even when he "brings a knife to a gunfight". With a dark past, he easily deflects the brutality of his mission with his charm and sense of humor.

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