'Gotham' Featurette Shows Off a First Look at Ra's al Ghul

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Friday, 02 June 2017 - 8:27PM
'Gotham' Featurette Shows Off a First Look at Ra's al Ghul
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By all accounts, Liam Neeson is a tough act to follow - Ra's al Ghul is a villain that many remember fondly from Batman Begins, who was played by none other than the Taken star himself, who brought a great deal of respectability, theatricality, and mystery to the role.

Neeson did such a good job, in fact, that it was hard to imagine anyone else playing the role of the notoriously long-lived Batman villain, even when news that Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Game of Thrones) would be bringing the character to Gotham was first announced. Now, though, we have a first look at Ra's al Ghul himself, as well as a fun behind-the-scenes explanation of Siddig's thought process behind his performance, and the result is very promising:



Siddig is no stranger to working on popular shows with particularly picky fanbases - having previously starred on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Dr. Julian Bashir, and later appearing on Game of Thrones as the wheelchair-bound Doran Martell, the actor is well aware of the kind of pressure that he'll be under to get this right. This is why it's satisfying to see him explain how he wants to make Ra's feel ethereal and otherworldly, while still providing a relatable mentor to Bruce Wayne.

For several seasons now, Gotham has been leaning further and further into the Batman origin story, slowly turning David Mazouz's Bruce Wayne into the skilled master detective that we're all familiar with from the comics. The short clip that we've been given hints that Ra's al Ghul will be a big part of this, potentially even driving a wedge between Bruce and Alfred, while pushing the young Master Wayne to make some bad choices.

This is a plot that won't be unfamiliar to anyone who even vaguely remembers the first Christopher Nolan Batman movie, where Ra's trains Bruce into the martial arts master who would become Batman, while also insisting that he break his personal code and kill somebody.

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In spite of these similarities, it's good to see that Alexander Siddig's version of the character is very different to Liam Neeson's performance, and far more accurate to the comics. Bruce and Ra's both meet over the Lazarus Pit, which is the source of al Ghul's immortality in the comics, and it's very clear from the swishing of his cape that Siddig is willing to make this version of the character very distinct from the last live action version of the character that audiences got to see.

It looks like we'll be seeing a lot of Bruce and Ra's al Ghul training together this season, with the Court of Owls playing a big role in the current story arc, but while the plot sounds vaguely similar to that of Batman Begins, everything about Alexander Siddig's perfoamcen suggests that fans can't expect everything to play out the same as the last time they watched this story.

Ra's will make his debut in the Gotham season 3 finale on June 5, 2017.

Via: io9
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