Gotham: Ra's Al Guhl's Arrival Changes Bruce And Alfred's Relationship
Ra’s al Ghul will soon be making his Gotham debut. The enigmatic, fearsome, and centuries-old leader of the powerful vigilante group known as The League of Shadows is being portrayed by Alexander Siddig, who is best know for his performances in Game of Thrones, Da Vinci’s Demons, or Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
As Bruce digs deeper into The Court of Owls, he will discover that Ra’s al Ghul is the one pulling the strings. And the relationship that develops between them will have a major impact on Bruce’s relationship with Alfred, the one person in his life that never gives up on him and isn’t afraid to tell the boy billionaire when he’s crossed the line.
“[Ra’s al Ghul is] going to be the answer to a question that we begin to pose fairly early on when we get back, when we start to see these forces at work in Gotham,” executive producer John Stephens told TV Guide. “We’re posing this enigma of what is behind all these things. His reveal will be an answer and a further question once he comes on the scene because he’s such an enormous character in the Batman canon. What are his plans for Gotham? What are his plans for Bruce and how is that actually going to change Bruce going forward, because Bruce’s encounter with Ra’s al Guhl is definitely going to change his and Alfred’s relationship from this point forward.”
Will Ra’s al Ghul play a part in Bruce’s transformation into Batman? “I think we all know about how Ra’s al Guhl figures into the creation of the Batman mythology from our own knowledge of the canon and Christopher Nolan’s movies,” Stephens offered. “It’s a little hard for me to talk about without totally letting the cat out of the bag.”