Whereas Arrow season 1 seemed like a natural small screen extension of the Dark Knight world by way of Christopher Nolan, season 2 has ramped things up considerably. The show feels less like the gritty exploits of a down-and-dirty vigilante and more like an actual exploration of an ever-expanding superhero mythos. Oliver Queen has transformed from "The Hood" into "Arrow" (and he's on his way to becoming Green Arrow); super powers have already been hinted at and we know more are to come; Ra's al Ghul has been namedropped; the League of Assassins (not The League of Shadows) have shown up; and that's on top of all the other supervillain appearances.
Speaking of Ra's al Ghul, the news out tonight is that his daughter will be making an appearance in an upcoming episode of Arrow. No, not Talia, who was played by Marion Cottilard in The Dark Knight Rises - rather, the lesser known daughter, Nyssa al Ghul. But who will be playing her?
Again, this isn't the first time we've heard about the al Ghuls or The League of Assassins on Arrow. Black Canary was once a member - which is why she's exceptionally well-trained - and the season 1 antagonist, Malcolm Merlyn, was as well. Apparently, Law's character, Nyssa, will come to Starling City looking to retrieve Canary and (presumably) bring her back into the Assassins fold. Or just kill her. Whichever. (That is sort of their thing.)
In the comics, Nyssa was Ra's lovechild (and thus Talia's half-sister) and he didn't know about her until later on in life; in fact, her last name was Raatko, not al Ghul. She was also killed off in the pre-New 52 continuity, and it's possible she never even existed post-reboot.
As TV Guide mentions, Nyssa's appearance does lend some credence to the fan theory that Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) is actually Talia al Ghul. After all, there's a vague resemblance between the two actresses, and Glau has indicated that there's a big twist for her character on the way. However, it would be pretty disappointing if Arrow pulled the exact same twist with the exact same character that Christopher Nolan did in The Dark Knight Rises - especially since that twist fooled all of ten people.
With the League of Assassins posing a serious threat to Oliver and co. this season, how many bad guys do we have so far? There's Brother Blood, Bronze Tiger, China White , (possibly) Isabel Rochev, (possibly) Amanda Waller, The H.I.V.E., and probably more. But which of these bad guys and potential bad guys are the big bad of the season?
What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you happy about the direction Arrow is taking? Do you want to see Ra's al Ghul and Talia make an appearance on the show? Drop us a line in the comments.
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8pm on The CW.
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Source: TV Guide