Supergirl is welcoming the first transgender superhero to TV, the show announced at pop culture extravaganza Comic-Con. "I think she's going to be a lot of fun, and I think folks are really going to like her".
In an interview with Variety, Maines discussed the responsibility she feels towards the historic role.
Maines is known for her activism work, having successfully sued her school district in 2014 after being denied access to the girl's restroom at her school.
Maines praised the show for putting a trans actor in a role far apart from the kind that transgender stars usually get cast in. We'll have to wait and see how much of Dream Girl's comic character (if any) will become Nia Nal. She will be joining Supergirl's fourth season on the United States network The CW.
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, who appeared on Royal Pains and The Trans List, is a trans activist.
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DC's Legion of Super-Heroes introduced a trans character in 1992, when it revealed that Element Lad's longtime romantic interest, the team's Science Police liaison Shvaughn Erin, had been born male but had taken a futuristic drug called Profem to change genders.
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.
Up, up, and away Supergirl goes to a historic casting decision.
She also hopes that her casting in Supergirl will contribute to a wave of "right representation" of the trans community.
She added, "We can be whoever we want, we can do whatever we want, we can be superheroes, because in many ways we are". "And so having trans people play trans roles shows that we are valid in our identity and we deserve to exist as we do. And what we see on television has a very dramatic effect on our society".
Starring Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers, David Harewood as Martian Manhunter, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen and Chyler Leigh as Alex Danver, Supergirl returns on a new night, Sunday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.