Get ready kids – a new superhero is coming to your favorite DC Comics TV show this fall! No, it’s not Superman or Batman – it’s a Muslim superhero named ISIS!
No, we’re not kidding.
Fortunately, the character will not go by her superhero alter-ego name ‘ISIS’ – the original name from the DC comic book created decades before the terror group. Instead, the character will go by her regular name, Zari Adrianna, and be a Muslim hacker from the future. The character will, however, be used to counter the principles of the Trump movement, according to the show’s producers.
The original Isis of the comic book was not a computer hacker with a political or social agenda. Named for the Egyptian goddess, Isis often fought evil without having to preach about cultural unity or social justice.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, which airs on the WB network, features a handful of lesser-known superhero characters. They include The Atom, White Canary, Firestorm, Captain Cold, and Heatwave. When it was decided to add a new character to the cast, producers used the opportunity to make a statement about the recent election.
The producers claim the move isn’t political, but according to entertainment media site The Wrap, they also admit the Muslim superhero is a response to Trump winning the election. It’s obvious the response they want to send.
This isn’t the first time the show has wondered into political and social issues, just to give them a left-wing spin. White Canary, played by Caity Lotz, was revealed to be a lesbian, a departure from the original character in the comic books. In one episode, she even travels back in time and meets a beautiful nurse who also happens to be lesbian, although she hides her sexuality. After facing some hate over her sexual preference, White Canary encourages her to be herself and love who she wants.
In several episodes, the team travels back in time and confronts racism in early America, usually in heavy-handed plots that allow for plenty of social justice warrior-like preaching from the cast. It’s led many fans to complain about the obvious left-leaning social commentary. Whenever the America of the past is visited, it is always portrayed as a bigoted, hypocritical place.
Other DC superhero shows (from the same producers) on the WB have also pushed a liberal agenda. “Arrow” has done episodes on gun control, and featured several prominent gay characters. “Supergirl” is more than just a well-meaning “girl power” show -it features a brash liberal feminist mindset and gay characters. It celebrated having a woman president on the show, conveniently introduced while Hillary was running for President.
The executive producers spoke with reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Wednesday about their new character, named Zari Adrianna, who is a Muslim hacker from the future, played by Tala Ashe.
So when the writers room decided to create a new character they had two ideas. First, they wanted a woman since, according to executive producer Marc Guggenheim, the original cast didn’t have “quite enough women.” Second, because of the election and the personal experiences of some of the crew, they wanted them to be Muslim.
“Not to get political, but something we all gravitated towards in the writers room was the idea of the character being Muslim and that was very important to us,” Guggenheim explained, “Not to make a political statement and not to make it a thing.”
“Having the character who besides being a computer hacker, being a superhero and being from the future who also happens to be Muslim… it’s a nice, important aspect of her character,” Klemmer continued.
In her comic book roots, Zari’s alter-ego was Isis, after the Egyptian goddess. However, because of current events, it was decided that she won’t be taking the moniker.
“We just didn’t want the baggage,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim said. “Especially given that we are doing a Muslim superhero, it was just like opening a can of worms.”
Opening a can of worms? Gee, I wonder why that is.
The producers seem to think it is necessary to put out a positive Muslim superhero on television, but the reasons why are flawed. They think it is because they need to make a statement against Trump and his supporters, but in truth, it is because current events continually show examples of Muslims in the world doing violent, radical things. It is an inconvenient truth that no sub-par superhero show can fix.
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H/T: The Daily Caller