How the 2016 Election Created “Legends of Tomorrow’s” Muslim Superhero

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The CW’s is introducing a Muslim superhero into the mix in season three, and producers say Tala Ashe’s Zari is a direct result of the election.

“We all recognized that there weren’t enough women, quite frankly, on the bridge of the Waverunner, so that’s something we’ve been looking to address [since the first season],” executive producer Marc Guggenheim said at the show’s 2017 Television Critics Association summer press tour panel.

Making the newest addition to the team of superheroes Muslim was a decision that came after the election, Guggenheim.

“That was very important to us—not to make a political statement, not to make it a thing, but one of the things that we really pride ourselves on across all the shows are someone’s race or religion or sexual orientation is not the only aspect of their character,” Guggenheim said.

Star Ashe reflected on her character’s importance, saying, “Representation is a very powerful thing. And I know that when I was growing up when I watched television I didn’t see anyone who looked like me. So when I think about the child me in Ohio right now, it broadens your perspective. And what I think is so lovely about the show is that the Legends are this tapestry that reflects the America of today. I think Zari is joining and further diversifying that.”

Legends of Tomorrow returns to The CW on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 9 p.m.

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