Alexander Siddig cast as Ra's al Ghul in Gotham

With his past shrouded in mystery, Ra's uses cunning and deception to lay waste to his foes.

There is no telling how long the show version of Ra's is going to stick around for, but given the Batman comics, there's no way that Gotham will kill him off unless they want to completely throw the show's canon into the first.

According to Deadline, Ra's Al Ghul will make his debut on the show at some point after it returns from its winter hiatus, and he'll be played by Game Of Thrones' Alexander Siddig.

Al Ghul, if you're unfamiliar, leads the League of Assassins, which is pretty much self-explanatory.

Typically in the comics, Ra's al Ghul comes into Bruce Wayne's life after he's become Batman, but that was changed in Batman Begins when he became one of Bruce's primary instructors, helping him to become the vigilante. All we know is he'll be playing Ra's al Ghul and that adds a new quirk to the Court of Owls story.

Fun fact: Ra's al Ghul has also been on The CW's Arrow (played by Matt Nable across 10 episodes in 2014-15).

Siddig is the latest actor to play the character on screen.

Ra's Al Guhl joins Gotham's already impressive list of iconic Batman villains including Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), Mr. Freeze (Nathan Darrow) and the Joker pre-cursor Jerome (Cameron Monaghan).

Now on a late winter break, Gotham returns for the rest of its third season next month with Siddig's Ra's Al Ghul expected to make his on-screen debut soon afterwards.

Aside from starring on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", Siddig's other roles include "Peaky Blinders" and "Game of Thrones".

One of the biggest differences between Arrow and Gotham's versions of Ra's, however, will probably be Gotham's lack of magic.

  • Salvatore Jensen