Last year, comic book fans were introduced to trans superhero Nia Nal, also known as Dreamer, who debuted on CW series Supergirl.
Played by 22-year-old trans actress Nicole Maines, Dreamer is a young reporter-turned-superhero with a "ferocious drive to protect" - and she's about to get her first big episode arc, facing off against a 'transphobic villain' in an upcoming episode.
According to Gay Times, the currently unnamed villain will be on a quest to make Dreamer “quit being a superhero” due to her being trans.
The synopsis for the episode reads: “Dreamer steps up to protect her community after her roommate is viciously attacked. Nia’s roommate, Yvette (Roxy Wood), is attacked by a man targeting Dreamer because he doesn’t like that Dreamer is transgender.
“Determined to protect her community from additional harm, Dreamer refuses to give into his threats and puts herself in the line of fire to stop him. Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) stands by Dreamer and enlists additional help from Brainy (Jesse Rath).”
Maines has previously spoken about the pressure she's felt to do the groundbreaking character justice, telling Variety: “It feels fitting to say with great power, comes great responsibility. I’m nervous because I want to do it right."
She continued, explaining that she felt a responsibility to be a role model for young members of the trans community.
“We can be whoever we want, we can do whatever we want, we can be superheroes, because in many ways we are."