We’ve been hearing his name mentioned for awhile now, but in this week’s episode “The Magician,” we finally got see Ra’s al Ghul make his “Arrow” debut! His appearance at the end of the “The Magician” is just the tip of the iceberg of what we can expect from the character throughout this season, as Producer Marc Guggenheim recently chatted with MTV to discuss bringing the iconic character of Ra’s al Ghul to “Arrow” as the big villain of season 3. Here is what he told MTV:
“In our casting process, we didn’t want to go with the willowy, sinewy Ra’s that was established in the comics. We wanted someone who would be a formidable physical presence. You can get away with that live sinewy Ra’s when it’s being drawn by Neal Adams, but when you actually have to put something in front of a camera, we thought it was better to have someone who added a good physical presence to that.”
“He’s definitely the main antagonist of the season. He’s responsible for a lot of the events that kick off the year, and reverberate throughout the season. He’s our Big Bad, and he’s a very different kind of Big Bad than we’ve had, Malcolm Merlyn and Slade Wilson.”
“Ra’s exists above it all. He’s so much more powerful than Malcolm or Slade. He has so much deeper reach, and he has a much larger organization at his beck and call. He’s just a very different kind of foe.”
The first two seasons of “Arrow” had fantastic main villains in Malcolm and Slade, and if you’re looking for a new bad guy to be an even bigger threat than those two were, Ra’s al Ghul is definitely the character to use, and I have no doubt the crew working on the series will deliver a great and memorable portrayal of the Demon’s Head.