TV Show Legends of Tomorrow’ Adds Muslim Superhero “ISIS” In Response To Trump


DC Comics superhero “ISIS” a Muslim computer hackeR will be joining DC’s Legends of Tomorrow in its upcoming third season under her real name of Zari Adrianna Tomaz , and the fact that the character is a practicing Muslim is a choice show producer Marc Guggenheim said was made specifically in response to the election of U.S. President Donald Trump.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, and Phil Klemmer, who are also executive producers along with Sarah Schechter and Chris Fedak; Klemmer and Fedak serve as showrunners. The series, based on the characters of DC Comics, airs on The CW and is a spin-off from Arrow and The Flash, existing in the same fictional universe. The series premiered on January 21, 2016. In January 2017, The CW renewed the series for a third season, which is scheduled to debut on October 10, 2017.

The executive producer of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” says that part of the motivation for adding a Muslim superhero to the show was the “political climate” after the 2016 election. He made the comments Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. But according to the Wrap, the producers decided not to use the character’s hero name, due to its obvious current connection to the terrorist group.

“You might have heard there was this election,” said Marc Guggenheim.

“Not to get political, but something that we all gravitated toward in the writers room was making this character Muslim,” he explained. To be clear, the ‘Isis” character is named after the Egyptian goddess of the same name, and not the Muslim extremist terrorist group.

“Representation is a really powerful thing,” said actress Tala Ashe. “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.”

In an interview about her character, Ashe says that the Muslim superhero reacts to the rise of populism in 2017 and challenges the other heroes to change history to avoid the future dystopia she comes from.

Zari reportedly meets the rest of the Legends team in the year 2042, where she’s using her hacking skills for activism against the repression of a police state.