Another day, another casting breakdown for DC’s Titans, and this one could be a biggie. It’s pretty clear at this point that the first show for DC’s streaming service is going to be chock-full of heroes, and if this breakdown is any indication Titans’ roster of villains is filling out nicely, too.
We’ve already brought you word that Titans is casting for Trigon—or possibly Brother Blood—and now our latest exclusive breakdown leads us to believe that Greg Berlanti is looking to bring one of the DC universe’s biggest villains to the show—a villain with whom Berlanti has some previous experience.
Here’s the breakdown:
Male, 40s-50s, Middle Eastern, Latin, or East Indian. Seeking a young Richard Attenborough type. Fearless, manipulative, with unparalleled intelligence. Recurring guest star, seeking recognizable faces only.
We think this is describing none other than the Head of the Demon himself, Ra’s al Ghul. Ra’s hasn’t really been a feature in the Teen Titans world until the last few years, when his grandson Damian Wayne joined the team. There’s no indication that Damian is going to pop up on Titans, but if it’s true that DC TV properties can’t currently use Deathstroke, Ra’s is the perfect substitute evil mastermind to pit against the TV Titans.
Over the past decade Ra’s has become one of Warner Bros. favorite live action bad guys, appearing in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises before making his way to TV with an extended run on the Greg Berlanti-produced Arrow.
Ra’s was most recently seen on Fox’s Gotham, where he was played by Game of Thrones and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine star Alexander Siddig in a multi-episode arc across the show’s third and fourth seasons, before being murdered by young Bruce Wayne because Gotham.
I haven’t watched Gotham since the first season because it’s terrible, so I assume that its interpretation of Ra’s was as terrible as its interpretations of every character on the show. Ra’s appearance in the Arrowverse, however (played by Matt Nable), was pretty solid, so I’m not against Berlanti getting his hands on the character again. If this breakdown does refer to Ra’s it’ll be interesting to see what kind of new spin Berlanti puts on him to set him apart from his Arrowverse incarnation.
What do you think? Are you excited by the prospect of seeing Ra’s on Titans, or are you starting to feel some Demon fatigue? Let us know in the comments.