Ra's al Ghul Is About To Prove He's Batman's True Nemesis

Warning: Minor spoilers for recent issues of Robin ahead.

The immortal Demon's Head himself, Ra's al Ghul will bring his wrath down on everyone's favorite Dark Knight in his upcoming Batman: One Bad Day one-shot. Eight Batman: One Bad Day one-shots featuring iconic Batman villains were recently announced by DC Comics to run throughout the year.

Created in 1971 by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams, the immortal Ra's al Ghul first appeared in the Batman #232 story titled "Daughter of the Demon." He has served an interesting role in Batman's life, respecting the vigilante a great deal, to the point where he even named him as his heir. Ra's sees Bruce as a worthy son-in-law to marry his daughter, another notorious villain in her own right, Talia al Ghul. Ra's is also grandfather to Bruce's biological son, Damian Wayne, making for some rather awkward family reunions between the leader of the League of Assassins and the Bat Family.

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In a post on Twitter, Injustice writer Tom Taylor revealed he would be collaborating with Justice League artist Ivan Reis on the Batman: One Bad Day: Ra's al Ghul one-shot. Of all eight One Bad Day one-shots announced, the one featuring Ra's al Ghul probably has the skimpiest amount of plot revealed. The official DC Comics website simply describes it as: "You know his name, the Bat will know his wrath!" This 64-page comic will presumably be a flashback issue considering that it was recently revealed in Robin that Ra's would no longer be immortal.

Although most characters in comics are already effectively immortal in a meta sense, Ra's has been alive in-universe for hundreds of years. This of course means he's immediately put in danger thanks to his newfound mortality during the Shadow War event, likely putting him out of commission for a one-shot taking place in modern-day. With hundreds of years to potentially explore in this standalone story, the mention of Batman does close up that window a bit. It's possible Ra's al Ghul's history could definitely come into play within the story itself, similar to how pivotal events in Ra's life have been used effectively in stories like Batman: Killing Time. But unlike within that story, Ra's will be front and center in this one. It remains to be seen if Talia or Damian will also play a role in the story.

The rest of the iconic villains being featured in Batman - One Bad Day include the Riddler, Two-Face, the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman, Bane, and Clayface.  The Batman: One Bad Day one-shot spotlighting Ra's al Ghul will be the final one released when it hits comic shops in March 2023.

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Source: Tom Taylor

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