'Supergirl' Season 4 Spoilers: Nia's Superhero Destiny as Dreamer Teased
Supergirl Season 4 introduced a new character in Nicole Maines’ Nia Nal, a fresh reporter at CatCo and TV’s first transgender superhero. While her first episodes showed her settling in at work and learning to voice her opinions — and desire for James to speak up when innocent aliens were under attack — the most recent episode, “Ahimsa,” also hinted at her future as the superhero Dreamer.
Spoilers for Supergirl Season 4 Episode 4 below.
In her second episode, Nia persuaded James Olsen to publish an editorial standing up for aliens after alien hate in Central City grew. However, she suggested a more cautious approach when it comes to being the superhero Guardian in episode 4.
Though James was facing possible prosecution for being the Guardian at the beginning of season 4, Lena pulled some strings and got the district attorney to drop the case against him. However, there was one condition: He couldn’t go out as the superhero again.
In “Ahimsa,” James, Nia and the rest of CatCo’s employees watch a news report that shows Supergirl injured in a fight. After napping at her desk, Nia then tells James not to go out as Guardian again, even with Supergirl injured, to protect the city. Even though she’d convinced him to speak up when innocents were being attacked, “this is different,” she said. “If you go out there again, I have a feeling something bad will happen.”
This was likely a nod to her superhero destiny as Dreamer. In the comics, Dreamer’s visions of the future come to her in dreams. The character also suffers from narcolepsy.
Nia will eventually become Dreamer, so fans should keep an eye out for more hints. That future “gets teased in the earlier episodes, then becomes a much bigger thing,” executive producer Robert Rovner told TVLine after the second episode.
James did suit up as Guardian again when Mercy Graves and her brother used aliens under mind control to attack a carnival. While he didn’t suffer any injuries or legal actions (the cops may even deputize him), “something bad” did happen.
Nia revealed he was “trending … in a bad way.” “Roaches crushed by Guardian’s boot” and “human strike back strong” were just two of the comments he read online. Ben Lockwood (aka Agent Liberty, the face of the anti-alien movement) even named him “Guardian of Liberty.” The anti-alien movement saw Guardian as their new hero, which wasn’t what James wanted.
Nia might not have known exactly what would happen to James if he went out as Guardian again, but she knew it would be bad. Even if she doesn’t know where that intuition comes from yet, she’ll likely speak up next time she has a similar vision of the future — and who knows whom she might help when she does.
Supergirl airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on the CW.