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‘Supergirl’ Unveils Television’s First Transgender Superhero With Dreamer

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Over the decades, comic books have become a lot more inclusive with their cast of characters. When it comes to live action adaptations, Supergirl has been leading the pack with their compelling storylines. The CW series decided to deliver a major first to the landscape of television.

Making Dreams Come True

The show introduced the first ever transgender superhero to the small screen. Actress Nicole Maines portrays the role of Nia Nal, who is better known as Dreamer.

Dreamer made her debut back in 1964 in Adventure Comics #317. The character has the power to see into the future. In the comics, Dreamer’s real name is Nura Nal. For Supergirl, she is a distant relative of Nia.

A Historic Decision

Maines first gained recognition for her part in the Doe v. Regional School Unit 26 case in 2013. The case determined her high school wrongfully banned transgender people from bathrooms that fit their gender identity. She began her acting career in a 2015 episode of Royal Pains.

“With Dreamer, the biggest opportunity and challenge is being the first. There’s a lot of pressure to set a good example and carve a path for more trans heroes, but that’s also what is exciting about it. We’re doing something on SG that hasn’t been done before, so that is equal parts scary and exciting,” she told Deadline.

Heroes For Everyone

The CW has always been a strong advocator for LGBTQ characters. Aside from Dreamer, Supergirl also introduced trans intern Dr. Casey Parker, who is played by Alex Blue Davis. In 2016, the show unveiled the lesbian relationship between Supergirl’s cousin Alex Danvers and detective Maggie Sawyer. Other lesbian characters include Batwoman, League of Tomorrow‘s The Canary and Black Lightning‘s Thunder.

Maines hopes this character can inspired a new generation of people. “If I had had a trans superhero, someone who looks like me wearing a cape, growing up, that would have changed the game. That would have been an entire new level of validation in myself to think that I can be a superhero,” she told USA Today.

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