DC’s Legends of Tomorrow returns for a third season Tuesday, October 10 with a new superhero. Zari Adrianna Tomaz, played by Tala Ashe is a Muslim computer hacker from the future.
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim spoke about the casting at the Television Critics Association:
“You might have heard there was this election. Not to get political, but something that we all gravitated toward in the writers room was making this character Muslim.”
Guggenheim also shared a story about his Muslim sister-in-law:
“She was talking about how difficult it is to be a Muslim-American in the current political climate. Having a character who’s a computer hacker and is from the future but also happens to be Muslim, it’s a nice, important aspect of her character.”
“Representation is a really powerful thing. When I was growing up watching television, I didn’t see anyone who looked like me. When I think of the kid version of myself, I think it broadens your perspective. What I think is so lovely about this show is that the Legends are this tapestry that represent America today.”
“We’re being let down as a society,” Guggenheim said. “I think the reason why the audience and the creatives are gravitating toward superheroes is because it’s wish-fulfillment. They’re looking to find a little bit of hope and a little bit of escapism that quite frankly doesn’t exist.”
The character Zari Adrianna Tomaz, known as Isis, debuted on The Secrets of Isis television series and later appeared on Smallville. She transition to comic books in the 2006 comic book 52 in which she became the wife of Black Adam. The character has appeared sporadically since then.
Premiering on the CW on Tuesday, October 10, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s third season will star Arthur Darvill, Dominic Purcell, Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Nick Zano, Victor Garbe and Franz Drameh.