DC’s Legends of Tomorrow welcomes a Muslim character to its ‘tapestry’

Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, and Tala Ashe participating at the 2017 Summer TCA's at Beverly Hilton Hotel Wednesday, August 2, 2017. AP Photo, Richard Shotwell

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” is adding a Muslim character for Season 3.

Tala Ashe
Tala Ashe, a cast member in the CW series “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” poses for a portrait during the 2017 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Zari, a Muslim-American woman from a quarter-century in the future, is played by newcomer Tala Ashe. But executive producer Marc Guggenheim says this isn’t a political statement, nor is the character’s religious status all that important.

Guggenheim told reporters on Wednesday that with Zari, as with all the CW show’s time travelers, such things as religion, race and sexual orientation take a back seat to other personal traits. He said more germane to the storytelling are that she’s a computer hacker and a resident of the future.

The Iranian-born Ashe, who grew up in Ohio, said she’s proud to be part of this diverse troupe.

“The Legends are this tapestry that reflects the America of today,” she said.

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