Yesterday the DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV announced that the main villain of Arrow season 3 will be Ra's al Ghul! They've been talking about him for awhile now, and he'll finally make his appearance. They even released a new trailer teasing the villain.
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim talked about the character in an interview with THR.
"It really happened very organically in the sense that we had this notion that in episode 16 we were going to reveal that Malcolm Merlyn was trained by the League of Assassins and that's because that's because of the comic book. We were like, you know what we're going to do? We're going to get away with a little reference about a guy in Nanda Parbat who changed his life. That was just the beginning."
They started teasing the character in the season two episode Broken Dolls, and Guggenheim explained,
"We just slowly started creeping towards it and creeping towards it. Then discussions started happening with DC and then Superman-Batman started happening getting into clearer focus," he said. "The character seemed to be available as far as not being used in the movies. It was a very, very organic progression. That was what was fun for us, just how natural it happened."
He went on to discuss what they are planning on doing with the character.
"We have a really clever way of doing Ra's this year that is true to the comic-book origins but different from the way Ra's was portrayed in the Nolan movies. You don't want to compete withBatman Begins, even though we've always said Batman Begins was a big influence on us. We really wanted our Ra's to be very different — at least our own Arrow-ified version."
Arrow has been an awesome show to watch, and the inclusion of Ra's al Ghul is very exciting. I'm sure they'll handle the character with care, and do their best to make fans happy.