'Supergirl' casts Nicole Maines as TV's first transgender superhero

However, after Scarlett Johansson landed, and swiftly left, the role of playing trans man Jean Marie Gill in Rub & Tug, Maines admitted that while it was not a move of malice, she said trans actors should be playing trans roles.

Although she's enthusiastic for the new gig, carrying the banner brings with it a hefty responsibility.

Maines actually isn't the only new addition to Supergirl season 4.

The Hollywood Reporter described Maines' character as a "soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others".

Transgender activist Nicole Maines will play Nia Nal, aka Dreamer, one of two new series regulars. The casting and the character is important, especially to Maines who told the audience at the SDCC panel that it was "fitting" that trans kids finally have their own superhero to look up to.

Maines referred to cisgender men dressed in women's clothing as the only representation she saw growing up in the 90's and early 2000's.

Melissa Benoist plays Supergirl in the series that will feature the first transgender superhero.

"I think this character, Nia, is so good", Maines says.

While there are still so many examples of groups of people being misrepresented in pop culture, it seems that DC and The CW are trying to make a step in the right direction for the next season of Supergirl.

Maines reveals her character's storyline doesn't necessarily revolve around her being trans. "Nia is so much more than 'the trans superhero, '" she explains, calling out television's habit of focusing exclusively on a trans character's trans experience.

LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD in 2017 identified only 17 regular and recurring trans characters on television.

"We have straight people playing gay people all the time and that's because there isn't a larger conversation around - there's not so much harmful rhetoric flying around that they are parading around, dressing up, pretending", she said.

The new season of Supergirl will air on October 14 on the CW.

Shown in the United Kingdom on Sky One, Supergirl is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and is set in the same universe as other comic book characters such as The Flash and Arrow.

  • Kyle Peterson