USA Today has published an interview with Nicole Maines, who is joining the cast of “Supergirl” for Season 4, playing the role of Nia Nal/Dreamer, a transgender character who is inspired by and an ancestor of 30th Century DC Comics character Nura Nal/Dream Girl.
She’s introduced as a young reporter working for Kara Danvers/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) at CatCo Worldwide Media. Her identity, her superpower (Dreamer is an alien “precog” who can dream the future) and her icy-blue suit will be revealed as the season progresses.
After spending a significant part of Season 3 off-world, Kara/Supergirl & Co. are back in National City for the new season. Nia shows ambition and some youthful awkwardness, reminding Kara of an earlier version of herself.
The new character also meshes well with the upcoming season’s focus on a growing campaign against aliens, including superheroes, that’s led by a charismatic leader, Agent Liberty. The allegory parallels timely discussions about immigration and acceptance of people regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.