Matt Nable, best known for his role in Riddick, has been cast as villain Ra’s al Ghul on The CW’s Arrow, starring Stephen Ammell in the title role.
Nable’s Al Ghul will be the primary villain of Season Three of the show, premiering October 8, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. on The CW.
It will be exciting to see what Arrow does with one of Batman’s greatest villains. The temptation to bring Batman into the conversation with al Ghul playing such a major part will be huge.
We know that Stephen Amell will not be portraying Green Arrow in any of the upcoming DC superhero movies, and the use of Batman himself has always been off-limits for DC TV shows like Smallville and Arrow (DC and parent Warner Bros. being far too invested in Batman on the big screen to allow for competition on the small screen). That said, will there be any allusions in dialogue?
Ra’s al Ghul has already been mentioned several times on Arrow, and as Malcolm Merlyn’s character is a member of the League of Shadows in the comic books, it’s likely there will be some connection made here as well.