Gotham adds Alexander Siddig as Batman villain Ra's al Ghul

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Apr 27, 2017, 4:39 PM EDT (Updated)

Talk about brilliant casting! Gotham has tapped Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Alexander Siddig in the role of one of Batman's greatest foes (and a huge fan favorite), Ra's al Ghul.

The Game of Thrones actor (who was criminally underused as Prince Doran Martell on the HBO series) will make his entrance as the head of the League of Shadows when the show returns from its current hiatus late next month, with Ra's al Ghul expected to show up on Bruno Heller's pre-Dark Knight TV series not long after.

According to Deadline, "the character will be revealed on the show as David Mazouz's young Bruce Wayne begins to finds out who's really behind the secret Court of Owls council that seems to run everything in Gotham."

Created in 1971 by DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz, writer Dennis O’Neil and legendary artist Neal Adams, Ra's al Ghul made his live-action debut in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (2005), in which he was portrayed by Liam Neeson. Most recently, he was played by Matt Nable on The CW's Arrow (which is running concurrently with Gotham on Fox) and its sister series DC's Legends of Tomorrow.

Being a huge fan of Alexander Siddig since his DS9 days (I just totally love the guy), as well as a fan of Ra's al Ghul, this news is making me more excited than ever for Gotham to return from that pesky late winter break on April 24.

What about you? Do you think he's a good choice to play one of Batman's most powerful foes?

(via Deadline)