After much anticipation, The CW’s Arrow has finally cast the role of this season’s Big Bad. Series star Stephen Amell has confirmed that actor Matt Nable (Riddick, Underbelly) is set to play Ra’s al Ghul, the leader of the League of Assassins. After a number of references and the appearance of his dauther, Nyssa, last season, al Ghul was confirmed as the Season 3 villain at San Diego Comic-Con this summer. Arrow‘s version of the iconic DC supervillain is described as “‘proud and unforgiving, a ruthless strategist, a master of martial arts, and a shaper of history.’ He carries the wisdom of the ages, and protects some of its greatest secrets.”
Ra’s al Ghul will make his debut on Arrow in episode four of the season, titled “The Magician.” Interestingly, this episode also marks the series’ 50th episode in total. The CW series marks al Ghul’s second live action incarnation. Liam Neeson played the character as the main villain in Batman Begins, and he reprised the role in a cameo appearance in The Dark Knight Rises. Neeson recently expressed interest in playing Ra’s al Ghul once more, but that doesn’t look likely now.
Stay tuned for more news as we have it. Arrow returns to The CW on October 8th.