There have been quite a few firsts that have been achieved by The CW’s superhero related series in recent times, and now season four of Supergirl will feature another of those firsts. According to CBR, the series is adding transgender activist Nicole Maines to the series in the role of Nia Nal/Dreamer making her the first transgender superhero on a television series.
Nia will be a new hire at CatCo and is described as “a soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others.” That drive to protect matches with the fact that her codename of Dreamer is connected to a group of superheroes that have found a home on the CW series. In the comics, Dream Girl (Nura Nal) is a member of the future team the Legion of Superheroes, and was briefly known as Dreamer in the 90s., with precognitive abilities that gave her visions of the future in her dreams.
There is no indication if Nia will find herself tied to the Legion, but with Brainiac 5 hanging around in the past on a regular basis for season four it seems very likely that some connections will be made.
Maines was the plaintiff in the 2013 Doe v. Clency case that led to Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court ruling it was unlawful for schools to deny transgender students access to the restroom that matched their gender. Previously Maines appeared on HBO’s The Trans List and USA’s Royal Pains.
Supergirl moves to Mondy nights and returns on October 14.