“Supergirl” is casting a transgender character for a new role in season four.
Cast It Talent posted a casting call for a character called Nia Nal. The description reads: “Transgender woman, early 20s, open ethnicity. 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 sparkling wit and biting humor but under that banter-y, chic façade, lays a soulful young woman who has much to offer the world. A young ‘Cat Grant’ type.”
“Supergirl” executive producer and writer 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 said.
However, the series has included other LGBT representation. Supergirl’s older sister Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) came out as a lesbian on the show in 2016.
“Supergirl” returns to the CW this fall.