Arrowverse Star Making Surprise Comeback In Last Season Of The Flash

By Britta DeVore | Updated

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It’s been a rough year for fans of the Arrowverse show, The Flash, with the series finally coming to an end after its upcoming ninth and final season. And while our tears may soon be falling, the folks behind the production are searching for new and exciting ways to bring in other beloved Arrowverse heroes for The Flash’s final days. According to TV Insider, Supergirl star Nicole Maines will be joining the storyline as her character Nia Nal aka Dreamer in what will be a supercharged crossover event

At this time, it hasn’t been revealed as to when or how the Arrowverse star will be dropped in, but The Flash showrunner Eric Wallace has teased that it will be “a very special…episode.” In his statement, Wallace added that he was overjoyed to have been given the opportunity to put a big check mark over what he referred to as his “Arrowverse Bucket List team-ups.” Specifically, he’s pumped to see Candice Patton’s Iris West-Allen and Nicole Maines’ Nia Nal circle the wagons and get cracking on a “bizarre and frightening mystery.”

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Nia Nal aka Dreamer

For those who may not know or are missing the correlation, the mash-up of Iris West-Allen and Nia Nal is especially exciting, as both have backgrounds in journalism — making them the perfect duo to get a leg up on whatever evil is thrown their way. For Arrowverse favorite Iris West-Allen, she owns and serves as the head editor at The Central City Citizen, whereas The Flash’s guest character Nia Nal worked under the radar as a reporter for Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) before revealing her true hero identity of Dreamer. Unmasking herself as an alien, Dreamer’s powers allow her to see the future — or rather dream it — giving her a major advantage when it comes to cracking down on baddies. 

A hero both in the Arrowverse on shows like Supergirl and The Flash as well as in the real world, Nicole Maines broke ground during the former’s fourth season when she became TV’s very first trans superhero. In real life, Maines is a proud and vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ youth and has been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award along with a slew of other honorable mentions. She also worked with Amy Ellis Nutt to co-pen her own biography titled Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family which became a New York Times best-seller. 

While Dreamer may be one of the major favorites in the Arrowverse, it’s also for all these reasons that fans are thrilled to see Nicole Maines reprise her role on The Flash. Representation and inclusivity are two of the most important points for shows and films to follow through with to make certain that audiences everywhere can find themselves in at least one character. By continuing her story for even one episode, those behind The Flash are getting the word of self-love and acceptance out there for an even larger audience. 

The final season of the Arrowverse’s beloved The Flash will premiere on The CW on February 8. Along with Nicole Maines’ reprisal of Dreamer, audiences will also see Batwoman star Javicia Leslie return to her character for the show’s final season. You can currently catch Maines starring in Hulu’s supernatural comedy flick, Darby and the Dead.