Legends of Tomorrow has found a new member of the Waverider, with Tala Ashe joining the season 3 cast as Zari Adrianna Tomaz. Since its inception, Legends has been an ensemble piece that would rotate in and out a cast of characters from various point in time. While the core group was extracted from the other Arrowverse TV shows, it has since added new players straight from the world of DC Comics. Just like season 2, the third season will feature some new members, alongside the returning cast.
Thanks to the endless possibilities that Legends can play with, it is always difficult to predict what heroes will be joining the team next. But, with the end of Legends of Tomorrow season 2 showing just how badly the Legends had messed up time this round, the show’s heroes will need all the help they can get in fixing things. It’s a good thing they’re getting some extra assistance, then.
The CW has announced that Tala Ashe has joined the cast as Zari Adrianna Tomaz – who has also gone by the name Isis. Tomaz is a character that actually debuted outside of the DC Comics, and instead in The Secrets of Isis back in the 1970s. Her most recent comic reboot sees her gain abilities through the Amulet of Isis gifted to her by Black Adam and Shazam. CBR has also released a character description for her:
Ashe’s character is described by the network as a Muslim-American woman from the year 2030 who lives in a world of contradictions: “Technology has brought about incredible change in her future — too bad human nature hasn’t kept pace. Fear, prejudice and a lack of care for the planet have forced Zari to become a ’grey hat hacktivist.’ A computer nerd with a wry, combative attitude. A woman living a double life who doesn’t realize that she has secret, latent powers derived from an ancient, mystical source.”
Should Tomaz use the Amulet of Isis in Legends season 3 as the source of her abilities, it would not be the first time that a hero on the show has used an artifact as the power source for their abilities (see Vixen last season). It is unclear if the show will connect Tomaz to Shazam/Black Adam in anyway at this point. Even if the series does not, her god-like power set of super strength, durability, speed, healing, flight, and more should draw those comparisons on their own.
This addition will now give Legends three female leads, each further diversifying an already-diverse cast. Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) is bisexual, Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) is an African-American lead and Tomaz will bring a Muslim, female hero to the small screen. The show has found a great way to deal with social issues in the past and including Tomaz in season 3 could allow for them to do so again.
Legends of Tomorrow returns this fall.
Source: The CW, CBR