Actor originated the role in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy
Liam Neeson remains a major Hollywood film star, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t consider television. In an interview with MTV, he said there was one role on the CW’s “Arrow” he would be interested in, and it’s a character he’s played before.
In its upcoming third season, The CW’s “Arrow” will finally introduce one of the most dangerous characters in the DC Universe: Ra’s al Ghul. There have been a few trailers for the upcoming season that have teased the character, but no indication yet as to who will portray him.
Neeson took on the mantle of one of Batman’s greatest foes in Christopher Nolan‘s “Batman Begins,” and returned for the final chapter in the film trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
When asked if he’d been approached by Warner Bros. or The CW about the role, Neeson said that he hadn’t. More than likely, they would have assumed he’d have no interest in a recurring role on a superhero television show. He’s still a major movie star in his own right.
Neeson was promoting his latest movie, “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” which will hit theaters on Sept. 19.
The lines have been blurring between television and movie more and more of late, with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in HBO’s “True Detective” the latest example. Whereas it was at one time unusual to think of a movie star on the small screen, now it seems to happen every year.
“I would in a heartbeat, if it came my way,” Neeson said of reprising his take on the iconic DC Comics villain. Unfortunately, it’s probably not going to come his way, as DC has made it clear that their movie and TV universes are separate and distinct, unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Season 3 of “Arrow” premieres on The CW Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8/7c.