CW Superheroes Embrace the Rainbow

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In a move to be more inclusive, the CW Television Network is introducing two new DC superheroes in the LGTBQA+ community. Nia Nal, a transgender woman, and Kate Kane aka Batwoman, a lesbian woman, will both be introduced into the SuperGirl/Flash/Legends of Tomorrow Arrow universe.

Nia Nal will be played by transgender actress Nicole Maines. A transgender activist, Maines won a case against her school district to gain access to the girl’s restroom at her school in 2014. Her previous acting experience include a guest appearance in “Royal Pains” in 2015 and an upcoming vampire film “Bit.”


Nicole Maines has said she knew she was transgender at 3 years old. She will play transgender superhero Nia Nal aka Dream Girl, on the fourth season of SuperGirl on the CW.

The character Nia Nal will receive encouragement and training from the title character of CW’s Supergirl aka Kara Danvers, played by Melissa Benoist. At Comic-Con in San Deigo this past Saturday, Maines applauded CW’s inclusion of a transgender super hero, stating, “It seems only fitting that we have a trans superhero for trans kids to look up to. I wish there was a trans superhero when I was little.”

Kate Kane is reportedly being introduced in a cross-over event between CW’s four DC shows: “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “SuperGirl,” and “Legends of Tomorrow.” She then will receive her own show, set to premiere in 2019. The network is currently seeking out a lesbian actress to play this role.

The character was originally cast as a romantic interest for Batman. However, in a 2006 series version, Kane was introduced as a lesbian who is romantically linked to Renee Montoya, a former Gotham City Police detective.



While there have been an animated television show featuring an openly gay lead character, Kane will be the first openly gay female character in a live action super hero TV or film role.

Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn become girlfriends with mutual respect and encourage each other.

Furthermore, Harley Quinn, one of the stars of “Suicide Squad” (DC) is also getting her own movie. In the DC Comics, Harley Quinn is a bisexual woman who has a relationship with both the Joker and eventually Poison Ivy. Although unclear if Quinn’s relationship with Poison Ivy will be explored in upcoming film, she is another LGBTQA+ character that will lead a super hero film.

In recent years, super hero films have expanded to become more diverse. The success of Wonder Woman (DC Comics) and Black Panther (Marvel) films show how film-goers are ready to embrace more diversity and inclusiveness. On the small screen, the CW is now leading the way in celebrating all superheroes from all different walks of life and sexual orientations. Let’s see what’s next.


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