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

Lawrence Kim
July 22, 2018

Overall, the character appears to be a new iteration of DC Comics' Nura Nal, otherwise known as Dream Girl. The season will find her coming into her own as the superhero Dreamer, following a similar path as Kara as she transitioned into Supergirl. It's produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. "I like to think of her as a humanist even more than a feminist, and that she's accepting of everyone, so I hope that this character will represent a story that hasn't been told for a lot of people, and I hope she'll inspire a lot of people". "Having trans people play trans roles show that we are valid in our identities and we exist". "You don't have to just wear a super suit to be a hero".

Johannson's casting, according to Maines, would've only furthered stereotypes about the trans community.

"It feels insane to be honest", Maines said of her casting process. And so it seems only fitting that we have a trans superhero for trans kids to look up to. "She's the superhero we need right now". "She's so wide-eyed. She's just happy to be included", Maines said. Fans may know Maines from shows like Royal Pains and The Trans List.

Maines has been vocal about transgender rights.

Maines, now 21, was the pseudonymous plaintiff in Doe v. Clency, the landmark 2013 case in which the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled it's unlawful for schools to deny transgender students access to the restroom consistent with their gender.

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

Supergirl has also introduced two more actors for season 4.

"I haven't really wrapped my head around it", Maines told TV exec editor Debra Birnbaum at Variety's Comic-Con Studio. April Parker Jones (If Loving You Is Wrong, Jericho, The Last Ship) is set to play Colonel Haley, a "hardline career military woman" who is fiercely dedicated to her country and loyal to a fault to her commanding officers. 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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