Ra’s al Ghul has come to Gotham. On Thursday, Variety reported that actor Alexander Siddig, known for his roles on Game of Thrones and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, has been cast as the popular Batman villain. Ra’s al Ghul, also known as the Head of the Demon, is the enigmatic leader of the League of
Assassins Shadows who has survived for centuries courtesy of the restorative powers of the Lazarus Pits. I. Can’t. Wait.
Ra’s al Ghul is one of my all-time favorite Batman villains and I am excited to see which direction the show will take the character. After Matt Nable’s lackluster portrayal of Ra’s in the third season of Arrow, it’s high time for the character to have a worthy television debut. I enjoyed Siddig’s work on both Game of Thrones and Peaky Blinders and it will be interesting to see him bring his trademark wit and charm to the role. My only concern is whether or not he can effectively convey the threatening image that is iconic of the character. Regardless, I believe this addition to Gotham‘s already strong cast will prove to be a good decision.
Siddig is set to make his debut sometime in the latter half of the show’s third season, which returns from its
absurd winter hiatus on April 24th. Apparently he will be the man behind the Court of Owls, not the League of Shadows, which Bruce will discover through his investigations. Does this mean that there is no League? Or perhaps that the League is simply the secret organization behind the secret organization? Feel free to speculate wildly, I know I will.