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SDCC 2018: Supergirl Breaks Ground with the First Transgender Superhero on TV played by Nicole Maines

With the reign of Reign ended in last season’s finale, cast and producers of The CW/Warner Bros. Television’s hit drama Supergirl took the stage at the show’s San Diego Comic-Con 2018 panel session to reveal that the DC Super Hero series will welcome three new cast members for the upcoming 2018–19 season — including TV’s first transgender superhero. Transgender activist Nicole Maines will join the show in the series regular role of Nia Nal, aka Dreamer. In addition to Maines, Supergirl fans can look forward to the addition of the following new cast members: series regular April Parker Jones as Colonel Haley and David Ajala, who will recur as Manchester Black.

The inclusion of Maines is groundbreaking in numerous ways. Maines, who’s transgender, is an activist and part of the groundbreaking lawsuit Doe v. Clency which focused on Maines’ rights to use a girls’ washroom in elementary school. Maines was barred from using the female washroom and forced to use the staff washroom. Maines and her family sued the school disctrict claiming discrimination. In June 2014, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the school violated the Human Rights Act and prohibited the district from barring transgender students access to the bathrooms consistent with their gender indentity.

  • Nia Nal (Nicole Maines) is the newest addition to the CatCo reporting team. A soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others, Nia’s journey this season means fulfilling her destiny as the superhero Dreamer (much like Kara came into her own as Supergirl).
  • Hardline career military woman Colonel Haley (April Parker Jones) lives and dies by the orders of her commanding officers. Dedicated to her country, she always acts in its best interest — even if it’s not her own.
  • Based on the iconic DC character, Manchester Black (David Ajala) is the type of guy who brings a knife to a gunfight and still walks away the winner. With a dark past, he easily deflects the brutality of his mission with his charm and sense of humor.

These three cast members join the previously announced new series regulars Jesse Rath (who plays the Legion of Super Heroes’ Brainiac-5) and Sam Witwer (who will play Agent Liberty).

Supergirl returns for its fourth season on October 14 in its new Sunday 8/7c time period on The CW.