Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has battled the Dark Archer and the Undertaking in season one, and faced the brutality of Slade Wilson a.k.a Deathstroke during season two. However, as Arrow nears its third season, Oliver faces the impending chaos and brutality of the demon himself: Ra’s al Ghul (translated as Head of the Demon), set to be brought to life on screen by Australian actor Matt Nable.
So far, Ra’s al Ghul’s appearance has only been hinted at in a scene where a mysterious cloaked figure grips the hilt of an ancient sword, but the presence of the League of Assassins and his daughter Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) in season two all but guaranteed his involvement for the upcoming season.
Nable is an awesome choice for Ra’s. Not only is he a physical powerhouse of man who will prove to be the physical equal for Oliver (he is a former Australian Rugby League player), but he also has the age and maturity to pull off the international crimelord. Audiences will not be second-guessing Nable, whose on-screen presence commands and receives respect. He proved to be a capable adversary to Vin Diesel’s Riddick in 2013, and made his presence known in television productions such as ‘Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms’ and ‘Underbelly: Badness’. Nable has intensity in his performance, and should act as a figure that Oliver will possibly have to measure up to. I suspect we’ll be seeing him multiple seasons of the show, and because of the character’s presence and appeal in the DC Universe, it’s a good bet that we’ll be seeing a lot of Ra’s, and the League of Assassins this season.
Arrow, and its spin off, The Flash are promising to really shake up television— and it’s going to be good.