Arrow Casts Riddick Star Matt Nable as Ra’s al Ghul

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And the Arrow news keeps on coming. Not even an hour after debuting a new trailer for its upcoming third season, The CW superhero series announced that it has cast Riddick star Matt Nable as Ra’s al Ghul, the leader of the League of Assassins and this season’s Big Bad. Arrow star Stephen Amell was the first to share the news via Twitter.

Nable will first appear as Ra’s al Ghul in the fourth episode of Arrow‘s third season, “The Magician,” the series’ 50th episode, which Amell had previously teased was “special.” The DC Comics villain was recently played by Liam Neeson (who told MTV that he would have appeared on Arrow as Ra’s al Ghul if he had been approached) in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, but the creative team behind Arrow promises to put their own stamp on the character.

“We have a really clever way of doing Ra’s this year that is true to the comic-book origins but different from the way Ra’s was portrayed in the [Christopher] Nolan movies,” Guggenheim said at Comic-Con. “You don’t want to compete with Batman Begins, even though we’ve always said Batman Begins was a big influence on us. We really wanted our Ra’s to be very different — at least our own Arrow-ified version.”

Furthermore, Guggenheim has promised that al Ghul’s daughter, Nyssa (Katrina Law), who last showed up in the season two finale of Arrow “will absolutely play into the season and we have a really cool arc planned. The first time we see Ra’s [in the third season] is a scene between him and Nyssa.”

Arrow returns Wednesday, Oct. 8 on The CW.

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