Fans of Chris Nolan’s Batman Begins/Dark Knight trilogy will fondly recall actor Liam Neeson playing the role of elite ninja assassin for Ra’s Al Ghul’s League of Assassins, and (SPOILER) was later revealed to be the actual Ra’s Al Ghul himself near the end of the first film. I was glad to see the film include some interesting villains other than the tired, old usual gang of the Joker, Penguin, Two-Face, and Scarecrow.
As interesting as these characters are, we’ve seen them done far too often, to the exclusion of other even more interesting characters like Poison Ivy, Kingpin, Ra’s Al Ghul, and Black Mask–who are all favorably present in many of the fantastic animated films such as Batman: Under The Red Hood and The Dark Knight Returns.
Back in 2008 or so, when I was subscribing to most of the Batman universe of comics, a story arc came along called The Resurrection of Ra’s Al Ghul. It crossed issues of Batman 670-671, Nightwing 138-139, Robin 168-169, and Detective Comics 838-840, and was arguably a great story involving Damian being captured by Ra’s in an attempt to resurrect himself in the body of Batman’s son. Sinister, dark plot–as it should be in a Batman story.
Now the story arc has been reprinted in Graphic Novel format as a continuous story by multiple writers and arists in The Resurrection of Ra’s Al Ghul. Though I still have the comic series, I might pick up this graphic novel in order to preserve the collectible value of the originals.