Starling City will officially be villainized by Ra’s al Ghul in the upcoming season of CW’s “Arrow“. ‘Riddick’ Star Matt Nable has officially joined the cast ensemble as the notorious leader of the League of Assassins and father to Nyssa al Ghul, portrayed by Katrina Law. Nable will also be joined by newcomer Brandon Routh as The Atom, and Rila Fukushima is hired to play Katana. The role was previously linked to Devon Aoki who departed from the show due to scheduling conflicts.
Stephen Amell who plays the titular hero officially confirmed the news via Twitter and posted a pictured of the DC Comics villain:
“Please welcome Matt Nable to Arrow. You know who he’s playing,” Stephen Amell@amellywood
“Arrow” season 3 is set to return on Wednesday, October 8 at 8 P.M. on The CW.
Here is a bit more info for Ra’s al Ghul if you are not in the know (courtesy of batman.wikia.com)
“Ra’s al Ghul, sometimes written Rā’s al Ghūl, is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. His name is Arabic for “head of the demon”. Created by writer Dennis O’Neil and artist Neal Adams, he was introduced in Batman #232’s “Daughter of the Demon” (June 1971). He has also come into conflict with Superman and other DC Comics superheroes.”
“Little is known of the early years of the nearly immortal Ra’s, but it is accepted that he has lived for many centuries due to the Lazarus Pits’ mysterious brews that restore his youth. A brilliant master of strategy and organization, Ra’s al Ghul’s goal is to save the Earth from ecological devastation by destroying most of its population. He recognizes Batman as both a worthy foe and a possible ally—except that Batman cannot accept his dystopian worldview. Batman also shares a love-hate relationship with Ra’s daughter, the beautiful Talia. Ra’s also commands a legion of followers dedicated to bringing his version of an earthly paradise to fruition.”