The CW’s Arrow has long had Batman envy. Nowhere was this more apparent than with the inclusion of Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable), a longtime Batman antagonist, as both a mentor and foe for Oliver Queen to deal with in place of Bruce Wayne. Arrow kept it all in the family with extended storylines for Ra’s’ daughter Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) and now looks to double down on the once-immortal warrior’s daughters: Talia al Ghul is coming to the show!
THR reports that Lexa Doig (Continuum, Stargate SG-1) will play Talia al Ghul on Arrow, starting with her introduction in the season’s 10th episode. That means the earliest we’ll see Talia al Ghul will be after the show’s milestone 100th episode that’s part of the four-series crossover special; look for Doig to star early in 2017 when Arrow returns from a midseason break.
Talia al Ghul is also expected to be a recurring character. The highly intelligent eldest daughter of Ra’s, Talia is described as “worldly and cultured, an elite warrior who doesn’t pick sides but rather creates her own,” is an expert at hand-to-hand combat, and is extremely well-trained in most weapons. If Arrow‘s version of Talia hews close to the character’s arcs in the Batman comics, then we might very well see yet another deadly love interest for Master Queen. Aside from Talia and Bruce Wayne’s complicated relationship, the antiheroine also has ties to a number of other DC Comics characters which opens up opportunities for Doig to appear across The CW’s variety of superhero shows. And you can bet we’ll be seeing some sisterly drama between Talia and Nyssa, which is a dynamic the show has been missing since the dearly departed Laurel Lance left her sister Sara behind.
Talia al Ghul’s inclusion in Arrow goes a long way toward supporting the show’s Batman obvious influences, even if we never get the caped crusader himself on the series. How do you feel about the new addition? Let us know in the comments!