Supergirl Is Adding TV's First Transgender Superhero

Angelo Anderson
July 22, 2018

Not all heroes have, or need, super powers.

The CW's Supergirl has cast transgender activist Nicole Maines as television's first trans superhero, in a role that appears to introduce another member of DC's Legion of Super-Heroes to the drama. She added that Nia Nal is an appealing role to take on because of who she is on the inside.

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.

While Maines is relatively new to acting, she first entered the public spotlight as a teenager in 2013 when the Maine Supreme Court ruled that it was unlawful for her high school to deny her access to the girls' bathroom.

"She's so pure", Maines said.


Nia is described as a "soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others". Warner Bros. Television, the studio behind the show, describes Nia as "the newest addition to the CatCo reporting team".

Maines was featured in the HBO documentary The Trans Listand was the plaintiff in the lawsuit against the state of ME that allowed transgender people to use the bathroom they chose.

During an interview with Variety, Maines elaborated more on the idea she expressed during the panel, that there's a growing interest in securing better representation for the trans community in TV and film.

While there are still so many examples of groups of people being misrepresented in pop culture, it seems that DC and The CW are trying to make a step in the right direction for the next season of Supergirl. She recognizes that these casting decisions don't necessarily come from a malicious place, but that distinction matters little to the disenfranchised. 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.

"I think that cis gender actors don't take roles out of malice, it's just a failure to realize the context of having cis gender people play trans gender characters".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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