The CW’s Arrow has had no problem borrowing villains and characters from Batman’s comic book adventures. Perhaps the most prominent example is Ra’s al Ghul, who was the big bad of season three, and was ultimately defeated and killed in a sword fight with Oliver Queen, while Ra’s true adversary, “The Detective,” was never mentioned. Well hold on to your cowl because another Ghul is coming to Arrow later this season, and we don’t mean the previously introduced “Heir to the Demon”, Nyssa. Nope, Nyssa’s big sister is soon about to descend on Star City, and her boots will be filled by a well-known Vancouver-based actress.
The Hollywood Reporter announced that Lexa Doig will be playing Talia al Ghul in a likely recurring capacity later this season on Arrow starting with the tenth episode, which airs after the winter break in January. Talia is described as “worldly and cultured, an elite warrior who doesn’t pick sides but rather creates her own,” which implies that she’s probably not coming to Star City for payback against Green Arrow for killing her old man. In the comics, Talia is definitely closer to her father than Nyssa (played on Arrow by Katrina Law), but despite all the encounters with the League of Assassins and Ra’s al Ghul, we’ve only ever seen Talia once, as a young girl being trained by her father and the 1960s League in a season one episode of Legends of Tomorrow.
While we don’t know much about the Arrow-verse version of Talia, we know a lot about the actress Doig, who’s pretty much acting royalty for sci-fi shows shot in Canada. She played the A.I. version of the titular starship in Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, she was Dr. Lamb in season 9 and 10 of Stargate SG-1, and she was Liber8 second-in-command Sonya Valentine in Continuum. She was also the lead actress in Jason X, the Friday the 13th in space sequel, but Doig probably likes to keep that piece of trivia on the D.L. The last time Talia al Ghul was played on screen, it was in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, and she was portrayed by Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard.
Arrow airs Wednesday at 8 pm on the CW.
Source: Geek Nation