The American superhero action-adventure television series, Supergirl has announced the casting of a transgender character for a new role in shows upcoming fourth season.
The new character called Nia, is described by Cast It Talent as a “Transgender woman, early 20s, open ethnicity. A confident, wunderkind of a fashionista.”
Nia, who was once a political speechwriter, will be the newest addition to the Catco investigative reporting team, “bringing sparkling wit and biting humour but under that banter-y, chic façade, lays a soulful young woman who has much to offer the world. A young ‘Cat Grant’ type,” the description adds.
Executive producer and writer of Supergirl, Greg Berlanti pointed out the lack of transgender representation in the Arrowverse (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow) during an appearance earlier this year at the DC in D.C. event.
“We don’t have an active trans character across the shows, you know. And we had a trans actress playing a trans in a show I did that was not a superhero show, eleven years ago. And so I still feel behind the times every day on that issue,” Berlanti explains.
The series has been praised in the past for including other LGBT representation, including Supergirl’s older sister Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) who came out as a lesbian on the show in 2016.