After a six-month wait, the first trans superhero is finally ready to dive into action.
The first images of comic book character Nia Nal, also known as Dreamer, have been released by series CW.
The landmark role will be played by 21-year-old trans woman, Nicole Maines.
Dreamer will make her first appearance on the Supergirl episode due to air on 27 January.
The episode will see the young reporter and soon-to-be superhero traveling to her home town for a local festival, delving into the character’s backstory.
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Maines, who is also a trans rights activist, was confirmed for the role in July.
The announcement of the role and casting was praised by many in the LGBTI community.
Producers described the character as a ‘soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others’.
Maines said she was ‘beyond thrilled’ at being chosen for the role, adding that, ‘[it] seems only fitting that we have a trans superhero for trans kids to look up to.’
The actress came to public attention in 2014 after a state court’s ruling on a dispute with her elementary school.
The state’s highest court found in favor of Maines, ruling that school officials had violated state anti-discrimination laws by banning her from using the girls’ bathroom.
— 🧛🏻♀️Nicole Maines🧛🏻♀️ (@NicoleAMaines) January 18, 2019
In good company
Maines’ character will exist in the same universe as DC superheroes, The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl.
Last year also saw CW introducing another first: gay superhero Batwoman, played by lesbian and genderfluid actress Ruby Rose.
Rose made her debut as Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, in December 2018 in CW’s three-part superhero crossover ‘Elseworlds’.
Rose hailed her role as a win for the LGBTI community.
‘I can’t speak on behalf of everyone in the LGBTIQ community, but I know any win for anyone in our community is a win for all,’ Rose said earlier last year.