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Nia Nal (also known by her code name Dreamer) is a fictional character from the television series Supergirl, portrayed by Nicole Maines. The character is based on and is depicted as an ancestor of the DC Comics character Nura Nal/Dream Girl. She debuts in the fourth season of the series. Nia Nal is the first transgender superhero on television.[1]

Nia Nal
Arrowverse character
Nia Nal (Nicole Maines).jpg
Nicole Maines as Nia Nal / Dreamer
First appearanceSupergirl:
"American Alien" (2018)
Created by
Portrayed byNicole Maines
Information
OccupationSpeechwriter, reporter
AffiliationCatCo
Family
  • Isabel Nal (mother)
  • Paul Nal (father)
  • Maeve Nal (sister)
  • Nura Nal (descendant)
AbilitiesPrecognition
Astral projection

BackgroundEdit

Nia has a degree in international relations from Georgetown University.[2] She was a political speechwriter in Washington, D.C. where she worked for Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), the White House Press Secretary, under the administration of President Olivia Marsdin (Lynda Carter). She was sent to National City to be taken under the wing of Kara Danvers/Supergirl to learn the ways of reporting and superheroism.[3][4]

StorylinesEdit

Following a similar path as Kara Danvers/Supergirl from earlier seasons, Nia joins the CatCo reporting team and works to fulfill her heroic destiny as the superhero Dreamer.[5]

Concept and creationEdit

In January 2018, Supergirl creator and executive producer Greg Berlanti spoke at an event about the lack of trans representation in the broader Arrowverse. "We don’t have an active trans character across the shows[...] And so I still feel behind the times every day on that issue,” Berlanti said. In May 2018, it was reported that an open casting call was searching for a transgender actress of any ethnicity in her early 20s to join Supergirl’s fourth season as Nia Nal. The character was initially described as, "A confident, wunderkind of a fashionista. Once a political speechwriter, Nia is the newest addition to the Catco investigative reporting team. With her she brings sparkling wit and biting humor but under that banter-y, chic façade, lays a soulful young woman who has much to offer the world. A young Cat Grant type."[3]

On July 21, 2018, trans activist and actress Nicole Maines was announced in the role at the show's San Diego Comic-Con panel. It was also confirmed that Nia would become the superhero "Dreamer" and that she is an ancestor of the Legion of Super-Heroes member Nura Nal / Dream Girl. Maines described Nia Nal / Dreamer as having "this ferocious drive to protect people and to fight against discrimination and hatred. She’s the superhero we need right now." The character is the first transgender superhero on television.[5]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Nia Nal's powers include precognition,[6] and astral projection.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bill Keveney, 'Supergirl': Nicole Maines shows her power as TV's first transgender superhero, October 10, 2018, USA Today
  2. ^ "American Alien". Supergirl. Season 4. Episode 1. October 14, 2018. The CW.
  3. ^ a b Hoffman, C.P. (May 23, 2018). "Supergirl's casting a transgender character for Season 4". Nerdist News. Archived from the original on July 31, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Prudom, Laura (July 21, 2018). "Supergirl Season 4 will introduce trans superhero Dreamer, Agent Liberty and Manchester Black — Comic-Con 2018". IGN. Archived from the original on August 10, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Agard, Chancellor (July 21, 2018). "Supergirl casts Nicole Maines as TV's first transgender superhero". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on July 22, 2018. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  6. ^ Beedle, Tim (October 14, 2018). "More Than a Dream: Nicole Maines Breaks New Ground on Supergirl". DC Comics. Archived from the original on November 22, 2018. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  7. ^ Netzley, Sara (March 3, 2019). "'Supergirl' recap: Kara tries to drain the swamp". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 2, 2019.