Superheroes are everywhere now. They’re breaking the box office and it seems like each week, there’s a new spin-off television show being announced. As the roster of superheroes continues to grow, so does the different types of superheroes we see. In the past few years alone, we’ve seen a plethora of different superheroes from different backgrounds coming into the fold. X-Men’s Iceman came out as gay. Iron Man’s successor is the young black female Riri Williams. Wonder Woman and Black Panther slaughtered at the box office. It seems like nowadays there’s a different comic book hero from every walk of life. The latest superhero to make it into the larger canon of superheroes is Nia Nal aka Dreamer, the hero many are calling the first transgender superhero.
Nia Nal, played by transgender activist Nicole Maines, will make her appearance on the fourth season of the teen hero drama Supergirl on the CW channel this fall.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nia Nal is described “as a soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others. Nia’s journey in season four means fulfilling her destiny as the superhero Dreamer, which is similar to Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) journey to become Supergirl.”
Nia Nal’s character is somewhat inspired by the DC Comics character named Nura Nal, who is also known as Dream Girl. Dream Girl has the ability to see the death of others before they happen. Dream Girl herself is not noted as a transgender character.
The announcement of the character came during the recent San Diego Comic-Con at the CW/DC superhero event. Two other characters were revealed as well – Manchester Black played by David Ajala and Col. Haley played by April Parker Jones. Supergirl will make its return to the CW on October 14th, 2018 in the 8 o’clock p.m. PT/ET time slot, as part of its fresh Sunday lineup.
The reactions to the announcement have been pretty positive. Maines, who will be playing the character, took to Twitter to convey her appreciation for being able to play the role.
Supergirl’s future was up in the air a few years ago. Initially the series was on the CBS network but the views weren’t in the ballpark of where the network wanted them to be. Variety reports that CBS president Glenn Geller said that the series started off a little high, but it didn’t keep its viewership. He also notes that the change made a lot of sense.
“I think it found the right home. It’s a win-win for us. We co-own the CW and we made a great deal with Warner Bros,” he said.
The switch was made after the first season, and with the fourth season coming to CW this fall, it’s safe to say that the transition was successful.