Arrow is going to make a diverse group of people very happy when it airs its 10th episode next January.
Comic fans will be ecstatic to finally have Talia al Ghul introduced. And geek fans in general will be equally ecstatic to find out this popular character will be played by none other than Lexa Doig.
The character, the oldest daughter of villain Ra’s al Ghul (played by Matt Nable), will join the DC Comics television universe in adult form after being shown only as a young girl in another The CW show, Legends of Tomorrow.
Doig has been all over the geek world in her career, most recently as Sonya Valentine in a recurring role on the time-traveling series Continuum. But she’s also made multiple appearances in other popular shows like ABC’s V, Syfy’s Stargate SG-1 and USA’s The 4400. She was one of the stars of Andromeda, one of the series Tribune Entertainment produced beginning in 2000 reportedly from the archives of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.
Doig also is no stranger to the DC universe. She played Dr. Christina Lamell in a 2010 episode of Smallville.
Talia al Ghul first appeared in DC Comics in 1971, created by Dennis O’Neil, Bob Brown and Dick Giordano. It’s a character who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, doesn’t like to pick sides. Instead, she likes to create her own. The trade publication also suggests this could be one way to finally bring Bruce Wayne into the series, since Talia and Batman’s alter-ego had a relationship so intense, they share a child in the comic books.
Although Bruce Wayne seems to be tied up on a different network in Fox’s Gotham, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim told THR in the past he wasn’t ruling out the possibility.
“At the end of the day, it’d be so awesome to have Batman on the show. That’d be really cool. I don’t think that will be happening anytime soon, but you never know. One day.
“One thing we’re always saying, we ended up with a lot more DC Comics characters becoming part of the show than we had ever planned. It wasn’t initially part of the pitch of the conception of the show.”
“I’ve learned not to expect anything or many any predictions, because the reality has far exceeded any of our initial predictions or initial conceptions.”
Talia has been portrayed in live-action works only once before – by Marion Cotillard in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. It followed up the appearance of the character’s father, Ra’s al Ghul earlier in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy played by Liam Neeson.
It’s not clear how many episodes Doig has signed on for, but she’s expected to be a recurring character through the rest of Arrow‘s fifth season.
Arrow airs Wednesdays on The CW.
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