The CW again pushes toward showing diversity in their programming and the characters in their shows as they have announced Tala Ashe has joined the cast of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as a series regular for Season 3. She is playing Zari Adrianna Tomaz aka Isis, a Muslim-American.
The characters powers seem to show she will be a permanent replacement for Vixen with both actresses are now written off the show, though the animated series is still in production.
Welcome aboard the Waverider. Tala Ashe joins the Legends as Zari Adrianna Tomaz for Season 3! pic.twitter.com/BEMsGQ9WmL
— Legends of Tomorrow (@TheCW_Legends) June 6, 2017
— Tala Ashe (@talaashe) June 6, 2017
She will play Zari, a Muslim-American woman from the year 2030 who lives in a world of contradictions. Technology has brought about incredible change in her future, but human nature hasn’t kept pace. Fear, prejudice and a lack of care for the planet have forced Zari to become a “gray hat hacktivist.” She lives a double life and doesn’t realize that she has secret, latent powers derived from an ancient, mystical source.
In the comics Adrianna Tomaz is the 2nd version with closer ties to Black Adam and was updated by Writers Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid and Grant Morrison. Like Shazam, she must call out for her power by saying “I Am Isis.” Her powers have a strong connection to the Ancient Egyptian Gods.
The character of Isis was first given a live action series along with Shazam in the 1970’s played by Joanna Cameron. This was the Andrea Thomas version.
Smallville used the Adrianna Tomaz version in the 10th season episode “Isis” played by Erica Durance, as the character possesses Lois Lane, the character Durance played on the series. Though Erica Cerra does briefly appear in the episode as the true form.
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