New details regarding Tala Ashe’s character in the upcoming third season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow were revealed during the Television Critics Association summer press tour today.
In the new season, Ashe joins as a series regular in which she is set to play Zari Adrianna Tomaz aka the DC comics character Isis. The series is set to introduce the Muslim-American woman who lives in a dystopian police state in the year 2042. Her character has already been officially described as a “gray hat hacktivist” due to the fear, prejudice and a lack of care for the planet that still exists in her future. But today it was revealed that Zari will clash with the Legends when she joins the team in the new season.
Ashe explained that because of the world she comes from, the mission of fixing the anachronisms isn’t something she sees as helpful:
“The Legends meet Zari in 2042, and 2042 is a pretty bleak dystopian police state. Zara is speaking truth to power in the ways that she can; one of those ways is that she’s a hacktivist. She encounters the Legends and there’s a philosophical challenge there because she sees they’re going to fix these anachronisms in history, but she’s living in a time that’s so bleak and terrible, so she challenges the Legends… to improve history and not just fix history. So there will be some tension there. She’s also very guarded because of what she has to do in her world, so she’s reticent to go into the fold of the Legends at first.”
Executive producer Phil Klemmer added that Zari’s character will help to present a unique perspective that will challenge the Legends in their mission to fix the anachronisms:
“We want somebody to bring a new point of view. Everybody has to have a distinct voice or you lose yourself in the scene. For us, we want to change the dynamic on the ship because it’s a family story. It makes it really interesting to invite somebody in who has a totally different perspective. The fact that [the] character is from the future as well is also what makes [her] really interesting because our Legends have gotten a little, not smug, but they feel good about what they’re doing. But to have Zari come in and say, ‘All the history you’re fixing didn’t amount to anything for me,’ [it] forces the Legends to push themselves a little more.”
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow stars Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/The Atom, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heatwave, Franz Drameh as Jefferson “Jax” Jackson/Firestorm, Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein, Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Citizen Steel and Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen.
“After the defeat of Eobard Thawne and his equally nefarious Legion of Doom, the Legends face a new threat created by their actions at the end of last season. In revisiting a moment in time that they had already participated in, they have essentially fractured the timeline and created anachronisms – a scattering of people, animals, and objects all across time! Our team must find a way to return all the anachronisms to their original timelines before the time stream falls apart. But before our Legends can jump back into action, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) and his newly established Time Bureau call their methods into question. With the Time Bureau effectively the new sheriffs in town, the Legends disband – until Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) discovers one of them in the middle of his well-deserved vacation in Aruba. Seeing this as an opportunity to continue their time travelling heroics, Sara (Caity Lotz) wastes no time in getting the Legends back together. We reunite with billionaire inventor Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), the unconventional historian-turned-superhero Nick Heywood (Nick Zano), and Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh), who together form the meta-human Firestorm. Once reunited, the Legends will challenge the Time Bureau’s authority over the timeline and insist that however messy their methods may be, some problems are beyond the Bureau’s capabilities. Some problems can only be fixed by Legends.”
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow returns for its third season on October 10th at 9/10c on The CW.