Arrow season 3 is a little over a month away from premiering, and one thing that fans are anticipating is the introduction of noted DC Comics terrorist Ra’s al Ghul, leader of the League of Assassins. While it hasn’t been announced who will play him, one actor is particularly eager to step back into the role. Liam Neeson recently told MTV that (unsurprisingly) the Arrow folks haven’t contacted him about the role, but if he was offered it, he would reprise the role “in a heartbeat.”
Of course, Geoff Johns rocked the geek world several months ago when he revealed that the current DC movie and TV universes would not be connected to each other. While he never said anything about the TV shows connecting to past DC movies (i.e. the Nolanverse), the chances of Neeson playing Ra’s al Ghul in Arrow are near zero. Financially, the show could likely only afford him for a one episode-guest spot. Logistically, there’s too much contradictory elements between Arrow and the Christopher Nolan Batman films to tie them together, namely that the Dark Knight Trilogy takes place in a world without superpowers. Oh sure, Arrow started out that way as well, but now, thanks to the scarlet-clad speedster running around Central City, that particular plot point has been tossed aside.
Nevertheless, Neeson offered his own advice on Ras’s for whoever scores that massive role.
They have to believe in their philosophy. Ra’s al Ghul absolutely believed what he was doing was ultimately saving civilization, and it was quite a good argument he comes up with. Throughout the ages this fraternity, that brought the plague to wipe out a section of mankind because it needed to be regenerated again. Very dangerous, but you have to believe it.
Honestly, there’s only one actor who I would want to play the same character in a different continuity: J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. That is one of the few comic book roles that I can’t imagine any other actor doing. It doesn’t matter if it confuses the general audience, bring back J.K. as J.J.!