DCcomics. Explanation of the origins and powers of one of the most dangerous enemies Batman has ever faced
Ra’s al Ghul is one of the most dangerous enemies Batman has faced throughout his history. A talented warrior and fighter, an anarchist leader of a revolutionary collective of assassins, and technically immortal. Ra’s has been wreaking havoc as a member of Batman’s rogues gallery for decades. In some ways, he’s one of the biggest villains in the entire DC Universe, considering he’s Damian Wayne’s grandfather. In others, he has tried to destroy the world of “Detective” in every possible way. And in the cinema he became famous thanks to the performance of Liam Neeson in the famous trilogy of The dark knight by Christopher Nolan. In the 2005 film batmanbegins, Neeson’s Ra’s al Ghul led the League of Shadows, a pseudo-revolutionary group that had brought several civilizations to their knees. After training a young Bruce Wayne in the art of Ninja, he sets his sights on Gotham. A decision that Batman obviously did not agree with. Ra’s al Ghul terrorizing Gotham with his League of Shadows is nothing new to the world of comics. However, his origin and his motivations are much more insidious than they seem.
Origin in Ra’s al Ghul comics
Ra’s al Ghul first appeared in the pages of Batman #232 in June 1971. He was created by the team of Denny O’Neill and artist Neal Adams. In “The Devil’s Daughter” Batman is tasked with finding the kidnappers of the Ra’s daughter, Talia. In a rather surprising twist, it turned out that the mission was actually a test. Ra’s al Ghul and Talia were testing whether or not Batman would be a suitable suitor for his daughter. If Batman would be, as Ra’s put it, a “worthy successor… a worthy son-in-law.” Ra and Talia’s next appearance would be in Batman #235. Ghul has released a potentially deadly virus. Throughout her travels, Talia displays her abilities and her willingness to kill, much to Batman’s dismay. At the end of the adventure, when Talia rewards the Dark Knight with a kiss, she begins to question whether or not she should go after the “Demon’s Daughter.” Ra’s al Ghul was always the head of this mysterious and elusive group of warriors, but he wasn’t always a villain. The character’s connection to Batman was calculated and planned. The result of a mission that would lead to the creation of one of the most interesting and controversial characters in modern DC history.
The powers of Ra’s al Ghul
Like any villain with a long history, Ra’s al Ghul’s powers can vary. His most notable source of power is the “Lazarus Pit”. After plunging into the Lazarus Pit, it grants Ghul immortality and temporary insanity. It has been shown that he improves his stamina, strength and health. Recently in the New 52, Ra’s al Ghul plunged into the “Pit of Sins”, the first Lazarus Pit. This granted him true immortality, the power to fly/levitate, and the magical powers of telekinesis and construct creation.
In the early days, the “Demon Head” was able to switch souls with anyone just by touching it. This would ensure that his soul could survive to live a long and healthy life even if his body was destroyed. Thanks to Ra’s extended life, he too has developed a vast knowledge of martial arts and weaponry. And he’s an amazing warrior with detective and chemical skills that rival the Caped Crusader’s. However, getting your powers from a Lazarus Pit can come with a downside. After being exposed to the pit, Ra tends to go into brief bouts of madness. Over time, Ra’s al Ghul will become increasingly insane as he continues to use it.
The Batman Connection
For decades, Ra’s has believed that Batman is the only man worthy of succeeding him and being with his daughter, Talia. So much so that he has tried to manipulate Batman into the relationship multiple times to no avail. However, one fateful night Talia drugged and seduced Batman into a night of passion in a story devised by the master, Grant Morrison. This night of passion led to Batman’s greatest connection to Ra’s: Damian Wayne. Talia became pregnant with Batman’s child. She raised him under the watchful eye of Ra’s and the League of Shadows. Damian was trained to be the most successful assassin and warrior in history before he finally decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. The history between Talia, Ra’s and Batman has been violent and complicated, her relationship with Damian has not. And while Ra’s insidious plan to have Batman marry his daughter and lead his army of Assassins never worked, he probably gave Bruce the best gift he could receive. Some might remember that in the animated movie Under the Red HoodRa’s brought Jason Todd back to life using a Lazarus Pit. One of the only times Ra’s has shown genuine remorse for his actions, Ra’s al Ghul is one of the most interesting villains in the Batman rogues gallery. Not because he has a lot of powers, or because he wears a ridiculous costume, but because of his true motivations. Like the Joker, Ra’s al Ghul doesn’t “win” his battle when Batman is dead. Al Ghul doesn’t want to kill Batman, he wants to turn him. He wants me to take up the mantle of “The Head of the Demon” and lead the world into a downward spiral of Chaos as head of the League of Shadows. The world Ra envisions is one of mass destruction, with his daughter, his grandson, and Batman standing in its ashes.Thanks to his Lazarus Pits, Ra’s al Ghul will always lurk in the corners of the world. from Batman. A man whose mission is to turn one of the greatest comic book heroes into a true “demon”.