Arrow producer on introducing Ra's al Ghul, creating Flash's rogues gallery

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Jun 26, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT (Updated)

Yes, this fall will see the official introduction of The Flash to the Arrow-verse -- but it sounds like the real focus might just be on the baddies.

Producer Greg Berlanti, who is bringing both shows to life this fall, chatted with Comic Book Resources about expanding the small-screen DC universe, and it sounds like the small-screen heroes will definitely have their hands full with an onslaught of iconic comic rogues.

The biggest is, of course, Matt Nable’s upcoming portrayal of legendary Batman villain Ra’s al Ghul on Arrow, who has already been name-dropped more than a few times over the past season. If there’s any reasonable character who can follow Deathstroke, this would be it.

Here’s an excerpt from what Berlanti had to say about adding Ra’s to the mix, and why they selected Nable for the role:

“Performance, performance, performance. You know, I think we have a great history that we enjoy with the show, and when you have a character like that, the character is the name [value]. We just look for who feels the best for what we imagine in our head, and we knew we wanted someone who felt very different than Slade Wilson felt, because that was sort of a two-year build up. We had a whole different kind of vibe that we wanted, and Matt Nable is that. I can't wait for people to see him do it.”

Heading over to Arrow’s super-powered spinoff, Berlanti addressed the direction they’ll be taking with the introduction of several classic Flash baddies who comprise the Rogues group of supervillains  in the comics. Much as Fox is doing with Gotham, Berlanti teased that those major villains could be sticking around, with the show digging deeper into their circumstances and evolution as it goes on:

“The thing I can say story-wise about it is, you know, they're not the Rogues as we know them, any more than Barry's yet the Flash as we know the Flash. You know, there's always an evolution, so we'll be evolving their characters. And they're the first, in a lot of ways, villains outside of the Flash, outside of our main characters, where we really break away and get into their lives and that kind of thing. And Wentworth [Miller] is brilliant in the role [of Captain Cold]. I can't wait for people to see his delivery and who he is. I really think he has the essence of that guy.”

Which DC baddie are you most looking forward to meeting this fall?

(Via Comic Book Resources)

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