“Legends of Tomorrow” involved President Trump in casting decisions.
The CW DC Comics show will debut its first Muslim-American superhero in the upcoming season — Iranian actress Tala Ashe’s Zari Adrianna Tomaz — but the timing isn’t a coincidence.
“You might have heard there was this election,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim said Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour, according to Variety.
“Not to get political, but something that we all gravitated toward in the writers room was making this character Muslim.”
Ashe, known best for roles in “American Odyssey” and “Smash,” was cast in the superhero show in early June.
She’ll play a “gray hat hacktivist” from 2030, allowing the Legends to incorporate a third generation into their group.
The show currently stars Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Arthur Darvill, Dominic Purcell, Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, Nick Zano, Amy Pemberton, Matt Letscher and Maisie Richardson-Sellers.
“Representation is a really powerful thing,” Ashe said during the panel.
“When I was growing up watching television, I didn’t see anyone who looked like me. When I think of the kid version of myself, I think it broadens your perspective. What I think is so lovely about this show is that the Legends are this tapestry that represent America today.”
Executive producer Phil Klemmer also said that a female superhero adds another layer to the cast.
“We want somebody to bring a new point of view,” he said at the panel.
“Whenever you’re doing a scene with eight people, everybody needs to have a distinct voice … it’s interesting to bring in someone who has a totally new perspective on history.”