It was announced over the weekend at San Diego Comic Con that season 4 of Supergirl will feature television’s first transgender superhero.
Transgender activist Nicole Maines (Royal Pains, The Trans List, Becoming Nicole book) will join the show in the series regular role of Nia Nal, the newest addition to the CatCo reporting team. According to the press release from Warner Bros. Television, “a soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others, Nia’s journey this season means fulfilling her destiny as the superhero Dreamer (much like Kara came into her own as Supergirl).”
Two other new cast members were also announced at the panel. April Parker Jones (Jericho, The Last Ship) will play Colonel Haley and join the cast as a series regular while David Ajala (Dr. Who, Nightflyers, The Dark Knight) will recur as Manchester Black.
According to the press release, “hardline career military woman Colonel Haley lives and dies by the orders of her commanding officers. Dedicated to her country, she always acts in its best interest — even if it’s not her own.” Manchester Black is based on the iconic DC character and is “the type of guy who brings a knife to a gunfight and still walks away the winner. With a dark past, he easily deflects the brutality of his mission with his charm and sense of humor.”
Supergirl returns for its fourth season on October 14 in its new Sunday 8/7c time period on The CW.