Though Nia Nal had already been an established presence in National City after the first half of Supergirl’s fourth season, it wasn’t until this installment that she would truly make history.
To help wrap up Pride Month, the Arrowverse Couch Club is hosting a watch-along for the episode of Supergirl that saw the full debut of TV’s first transgender superhero: “Menagerie.”
- Our Watch-Along begins on Saturday, June 26th at 9:30 PM EST/6:30 PM PST
- We’re watching the following episode:
- Season 4, Episode 12: Menagerie
- You can watch Supergirl on Netflix or Amazon Prime, or you may have them on VOD or blu-ray.
- Have the episode cued up and be ready to push “play” at the start of the hour!
At this point, Nia had appeared in 8 episodes and was quite acclimated to National City, even discovering Kara’s identity as Supergirl in the previous episode. That affair was a huge turning point for Nia, as she had to endure both the death of her mother and a transphobic confrontation from her own sister. And while she remains haunted by her mother’s death, Nia ultimately came out from that experience with a clearer sense of how to utilize her dream-based powers, especially after getting her superhero costume at the end of that episode.
She’d get the chance to put that to use pretty quickly, as she suits up here alongside Supergirl to take down Menagerie, a jewel thief who was bonded to a snake-like alien parasite and would go on to join Manchester Black’s vigilante team, The Elite. While we knew even before the season started that Nia would become a hero at some point, this episode is still historic for finally showcasing the first transgender superhero on television. It truly helped to further cement Nia’s place in LGBTQ+ history, as she continues to be an icon and a source of hope and inspiration for fans all around the world.
If you’re not yet a member, be sure to join the Arrowverse Couch Club! Though Pride Month is nearly over, there’s still plenty of weekly material to discuss. The fast-approaching season finale of Batwoman will cap off quite the eventful season, new episodes of Legends of Tomorrow, Superman & Lois and The Flash, including the latter’s upcoming 150th episode, are still going strong and Supergirl and Stargirl are also set to return in August. Click here for more information and here to join!