Over the journey we have seen a host of characters from Batman’s world being injected into the story of hit tv show Arrow. Season 3 is no exception with one of Batman’s greatest foes in Ra’s al Ghul playing a large role in Arrow. The mid season finale aired this week and we got to see the much anticipated epic battle between Ra’s al Ghul and Oliver Queen.
The shock ending of the mid way mark of the season has the internet in a spin with fans weighing in giving their opinion on the battle, but an opinion that holds plenty is that of Ra’s al Ghul’s creator Dennis O’Neil.
comicbook.com had a chat with Dennis O’Neil asking him of his opinion on the persona of the iconic character that has been written into Arrow and the duel itself. Mr O’Neil makes mention that he liked the take actor Matt Nable put into the character.
Here is some of what he said:
“Ra’s is a good villain for Batman, and Green Arrow is a Batman-scale figure. He’s human, which makes for a good interchange. I paid a lot of attention to Ra’s last night. I think the actor, Matt Nable, gets it. I think he’s dignified. He’s tough-looking, he’s ruthless. That’s about the way that character should be played. I don’t have any qualms with the way he was written.
The writers didn’t include his obsession with the environment, and they didn’t involve the Lazarus Pit, which nobody has ever done. That was the most visual gimmick I ever came up with. Back before comics in movies and television were even a possibility, I thought ‘They’ll certainly not miss the opportunity to show him emerging from this seething, boiling pit, crazy as a loon.’ But, I learned a long time ago that it’s a mistake to try to take something from one medium to another, to take a comic book and throw it onto a television screen. You have to reinvent the story for your own medium.
And though I didn’t create Nyssa al Ghul—Greg Rucka did— I thought she was a fine Talia. For such an incidental character, there have been a number of Talias already. She comes closest to the way I conceived the character. I think ideally she would be played by someone who’s tall, stately, and obviously athletic. But this young woman, [actor] Katrina Law, could be Ra’s’ daughter.”