Aussie actor Matt Nable has landed the pivotal recurring role of DC Comics villain Ra’s al Ghul, in Arrow Season 3.
The leader of the League of Assassins and father to Nyssa al Ghul (played on Arrow by Katrina Law), Ra’s (as I call him) is described as “proud and unforgiving, a ruthless strategist, a master of martial arts, and a shaper of history.” He carries the wisdom of the ages, and protects some of its greatest secrets.
Nable — whose credits include the big-screen action flick Riddick and the Aussie crime drama Underbelly — will make his Arrow debut in Season 3, Episode 4, which is titled “The Magician” and also marks the CW hit’s 50th episode to date. A onetime rugby player, when his pro career ended he took up boxing and fought for the “state light-heavyweight title as an amateur” in England.
Liam Neeson, who played Ra’s al Ghul in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, recently told MTV he’d revisit the role on TV “in a heartbeat, if it came my way.” But short of that, he advised any small-screen successor to “believe in [the character’s] philosophy,” saying: “Ra’s al Ghul absolutely believed what he was doing was ultimately saving civilization.”
Arrow Season 3 premieres Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8/7c.