Amaya Jiwe, a member of the Justice Society of America from the 1940s, was killed off by Leonard Snart in the Season 2 penultimate episode that left the characters stranded in Doomworld. With her death comes the death of her granddaughter, Mari, who inherited her Vixen totem and defends the streets of Detroit.
Legends of Tomorrow killed off their newest team addition, Amaya, who joined the team to avenge the death of Rex Tyler, her partner on the Justice Society of America. She didn’t complete that mission, and now the JSA is destroyed as their team was stranded throughout time by Rip Hunter to defend the Spear of Destiny. Ultimately, it was useless, seeing as Thawne got the staff and created his Doomworld reality. Though she died, her death needs to be corrected, and Amaya needs to stay.
Amaya became the other female hero that Kendra never was. She’s not even a main part of the story like her predecessor, but she’s still managed to prove herself useful and become an intimate, important part of the team. Legends of Tomorrow lacks in female presence, and Sara was the only female well-written for all of Season 1, so to have Amaya and have this partnership between the ladies is important on such a male-dominated show.
Whether Amaya stays or not, Legends needs to fix their balance problem. We can no longer accept a show that is so horrible at writing women. Superheroing isn’t a man’s job; Laurel, Kara, Thea, Sara, they’ve all proven that female superheroes are needed and just as important. There are enough shows on the CW that are dominated by men, especially superhero shows, and it’s time to find a balance. It’s not acceptable for the writers to not even attempt to try.
Amaya has proven herself a valuable part of the team. Maybe even more valuable than Rip Hunter. It was inevitable for her to fall into a love triangle with Nate and Mick, as that’s the only way the men that write for The CW know how to write, but she’s also proven herself to be a fighter, and an invaluable asset to the team. She’s a 5th-degree black belt, and has world-class weapons training, so her totem isn’t what makes her a hero. She’s more like Sara than anyone else; she doesn’t need powers to save the world, it’s just something she uses to her advantage.
The Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 finale airs Tuesday, April 4 at 9/8c on The CW.