'Supergirl' Season 4: Nicole Maines as Cast as Trans Superhero Dreamer

23 July, 2018, 05:50 | Author: Donna Miller
  • Melissa Benoist plays Supergirl in the series that will feature the first transgender superhero

Previously, it had been revealed that Supergirl was adding to its series-regular cast Jesse Rath as the Legion of Super Heroes' Brianiac-5 and Sam Witwer as Agent Liberty.

On Saturday at Comic-Con came news that Nicole Maines would be making history on the fourth season of CW's "Supergirl", becoming the first ever trans superhero on television. Although Nura was introduced in the pages of Adventure Comics #317 in 1964 as Dream Girl, the character was also briefly known as Dreamer in the '90s.

"I've been doing a lot of auditions lately because a lot of different shows have been really eager to tell the story of transgender people", Maines said at Comic-Con, according to the New York Times.

In an interview with Variety, Maines discussed the responsibility she feels towards the historic role. There will apparently be many parallels between her journey to self-discovery and destiny fulfillment with Supergirl herself - we'll just have to wait and see what those similarities will be. "And what we see on television has a very dramatic effect on our society".

Nicole Maines will play Nia Nal also known as Dreamer who is described as a young transgender woman with a fierce
AOL VIDEO Nicole Maines will play Nia Nal also known as Dreamer who is described as a young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others

'In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have made a decision to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project, ' she said in a statement to Out Magazine.

Maines also talked about the recent controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson, who bowed out of playing a transgender man in a feature filming after her casting sparked an intense backlash online. Instead, the upcoming collection of episodes will see Nia, a new member of CatCo's reporting team, grab hold of her inner strength to become what she was always meant to be: the superhero Dreamer. In the end, Maines just wants to serve the character. "Having trans people play trans roles show that we are valid in our identities and we exist". "And so when we have cisgender actors play trans characters, it further that stereotype that we are playing dress up, which is not true".

Shown in the United Kingdom on Sky One, Supergirl is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and is set in the same universe as other comic book characters such as The Flash and Arrow.

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