Supergirl season 4 will introduce the show's first transgender character, according to a recent casting call issued by The CW. The Supergirl TV series, which started out on CBS before it moved to The CW in season 2, has long prided itself on its progressive and feminist outlook. In addition to being one of the still-rare superhero TV shows with a female protagonist, Supergirl features multiple female leads, an openly gay character in Kara Danvers' adopted sister Alex, and even a female U.S. president (who, yes, is secretly an alien). It's certainly among the more inclusive comic book adaptations out there, for those reasons.
At the same time, Supergirl has come under criticism in season 3 especially for its shortcomings in other departments. The show has only featured a handful of women of color and most of them have been either minor supporting characters (M'gann M'orzz aka. Miss Martian) or one-note villains (the Worldkillers Purity and Pestilence). Arrowverse co-creator Greg Berlanti has similarly expressed a desire to introduce trans characters to the franchise, but has yet to actually do so. Fortunately, Supergirl could be on the verge of addressing both of those issues in season 4.
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Comic Book's sources are reporting that Supergirl season 4 will introduce a transgender character who will play a "significant" role on the show. The site has revealed the following casting call for the character, who is being called Nia Nal for now and described as being a transgender woman in her early 20s:
“[Nia is] 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 sparlking wit and biting humor but under that banter-y, chic facade, lays a soulful young woman who has much to offer the world.”
Nia is further referred to as a “young Cat Grant type", suggesting she could serve as a replacement of sorts for the former head of CatCo. Both the company and Kara's career as a journalist have been pushed to the back-burner in Supergirl season 3, in the face of the immediate threat posed by the Worldkiller Reign. With the Reign storyline on-course to be resolved by the end of the season, that will free up season 4 to focus more attention on Kara's day to day life when she's not suited up and protecting National City from other-worldly dangers (her job at CatCo included).
Since the Nia character is open ethnicity, that makes the role the perfect opportunity for Supergirl to add another woman of color to its larger ensemble in a recurring role. The other hope is that Supergirl follows in the footsteps of Netflix series like Orange is the New Black and Sense8 (and upcoming shows like FX's Pose) and casts an actual transgender woman in the role, rather than a cisgender actor. Fortunately, with the Arrowverse actively pushing for greater inclusiveness overall, there's reason to be hopeful that both of these things will happen.
Supergirl continues Monday, May 28 with 'Dark Side of the Moon' on The CW.
Source: Comic Book