Supergirl Makes History with Dreamer, TV's First Trans Superhero

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The new character, Nia Nal, will be introduced as an employee of CatCo Worldwide Media, the organisation where much of the series is set. Deadline confirmed Maines' casting. "There's something for everyone".

Nicole will play Nia Nal, aka Dreamer, "the newest addition to the CatCo reporting team. I wish there was a trans superhero when I was little". "We can be anybody, we can be who we want, we can be superheroes - because in many ways we are".

Maines, who was the subject of the 2015 book Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, is a transgender actress whose story was featured in the HBO documentary The Trans List. Maines's previous acting credit was on the U.S. network series Royal Pains.

Maines has been vocal about transgender rights.

The activist's case went all the way to the Maine Supreme Court in 2013 when the court ruled that transgenders can use the bathroom of their choice.

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Maines' casting isn't the only groundbreaking move by Supergirl.

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"I haven't really wrapped my head around it", Maines told TV exec editor Debra Birnbaum at Variety's Comic-Con Studio.

In addition, the show has tapped April Parker Jones (If Loving You Is Wrong) to play the series-regular role of Colonel Haley and David Ajala (Falling Water) to recur as Manchester Black.

Just how Nia will factor in with the chaos and mayhem threatening to destroy the Earth (yet again) remains to be seen, but it's safe to say that when Supergirl returns on October 14, she'll be out there kicking alien ass and taking names with the best of them. David Ajala (Nightflyers, Doctor Who) is also on board, albeit in a recurring role rather than a series regular one, as the devilishly charming and witty Manchester Black, described as the kind of man who can best his enemies in any situation - even when he "brings a knife to a gunfight". He easily deflects the brutality of his mission with his charm and sense of humor.

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