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Henri Ducard
Real name: Henri Ducard
Aliases: Ra's Al Ghul

Alignment:

Bad

Relatives/friends:

Talia Ducard (daughter)

Characteristics:

Gender - Male
Eyes - Brown
Hair -Black with a white streak on both sides

Portrayed by:

Liam Neeson

Appearances:

Batman Begins


"To manipulate the fears of others, you must first master your own. Are you ready to begin?"
―Henri Ducard[src]

Henri Ducard

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Not much is known about Ducard's early life except at some point he joined the League of Shadows and eventually rose to lead the League as the new Ra's Al Ghul. He concluced that Gotham City was too corrupt and that it was lost and decided that the city must be destroyed to bring justice which ultimately led to the deaths of Thomas Wayne and his wife Martha. He also had a daughter named Talia before his wife died.

Mentoring Bruce WayneEdit

Ducard was first shown as an associate of Ra's al Ghul. Ducard finds Bruce Wayne in a Chinese prison and offers him a "path." After Wayne is freed, he climbs to the home of the League of Shadows where Ducard is waiting. When asked if he is ready to begin, Wayne replies that he can barely stand. As a test, Ducard attacks Bruce and explains that death would not wait and neither should they. When he defeats Wayne, Ducard asks him what he fears.

After Wayne recovers, Ducard begins training him in every aspect of ninjutsu. Ducard is portrayed as a very skilled warrior and a stern teacher in these segments. Throughout his training, Bruce is unable to best Ducard, but comes extremely close during a sword battle, fought upon a frozen glacial lake. However, he forgets to take full notice of his surroundings and Ducard simply breaks the ice beneath him for the victory. While Bruce is recovering from the cold water, Ducard reveals what brought him to the League of Shadows. He once had a wife whom he loved very dearly. One day she was killed by a criminal. Ducard was almost consumed by anger until he learned to control it and channel it to obtain vengeance for his wife. The novelization also mentions that his daughter presumely Talia is in Switzerland.

At the end of his training, Ducard forces Bruce to face him while slightly drugged. Ducard hides among several of his men while Bruce attempts to locate him. Leaping out at Bruce from his hiding place, Ducard manages to wound Bruce slightly on his arm. Bruce, however, gives an identical injury to two of the other ninja, thus tricking Ducard into believing that Bruce has left him a 'sign'. When he rushes forward to capture his 'student', Bruce reveals the trick and defeats his master. As a final test, Ducard hands Bruce a sword and orders him to kill a captured convict, but Bruce refuses, having realised that he cannot fight evil with evil's methods, and that compassion is necessary to separate him from his enemies. Ducard explains that Bruce must do what is necessary to fight evil, while Ra's reveals that they have trained Bruce with the intention of him leading the League to destroy Gotham City, which they believe has become hopelessly corrupt. Bruce subsequently knocks Ducard out and sets the League's fortress aflame, apparently killing Ra's. Ducard is rescued by his pupil before the fortress collapses.

Ra's al Ghul's attack on GothamEdit

Months later, Ducard unexpectedly reappears, and reveals that he is actually the real Ra's al Ghul (Watanabe's character was a decoy, and Henri Ducard was merely an undercover name). In the ensuing confrontation, Ra's elaborates on the League of Shadows' exploits throughout history (sacking Rome, spreading the Black Death, and starting the Great Fire of London). Ra's explains that the League plans to use a fear toxin invented by their partner Dr. Jonathan Crane (alias the Scarecrow) to infect the city with mindless panic, and watch it destroy itself. He claims that the League of Shadows had attempted to use economics as a mean of destruction, which led indirectly to the murder of Bruce's parents when Joe Chill attempted to mug them after losing his job, their deaths subsequently prompting the industries to band together and save the city. He explains that the destruction of Gotham City is merely another mission by the League to correct humanity's recurring fits of decadence and presumably protect the environment. Ra's then has his henchmen burn down Wayne Manor with the intent of killing Bruce, stating "Justice is balance, you burnt my home and left me for dead, consider us even."

With the aid of Alfred, Bruce survives the fire, and confronts Ra's al Ghul as Batman, Ra's commenting that Batman took his advice of "using theatricality" too literally before escaping and going on with his plans. Batman catches up, and teacher and student have one final battle on a runaway train. Ra's' arrogance is ultimately his downfall after Batman defeats him and reveals Gordon's assistance in taking the rails out of the tracks, using Batman's Batmobile; Batman tells Ra's that he himself has failed to be mindful of his own surroundings, as Bruce had learned before. Informing Ra's that he won't kill him, but that he doesn't have to save him, the hero leaves Ra's for dead on the train, which falls moments later into a car garage and explodes.

Ra's uses his last moment to meditate, and is presumed dead, but if he survived remains unknown. In the novelization, it is said that no body was found in the wreckage.

PersonalityEdit

Bases of OperationEdit

League HQEdit

TriviaEdit

  • If the Nolan film series should incorporate something akin to the Lazarus Pits, Ducard may be resurrected.
  • According to the novelization of Batman Begins, Henri Ducard has a daughter named Talia, who is Ra's daughter in comics' continuity.

See AlsoEdit


Batman Universe (New DC)
Characters Batman/Bruce Wayne | James Gordon | Alfred Pennywprth | Lucius Fox | Rachel Dawes
Enemies Joker | Ra's Al Ghul | Two Face | Scarecrow | Carmine Falcone
Miscellaneous Gotham City | Batcave | Arkham Asylum | Wayne Manor | Batmobile | Batsuit | Wayne Enterprises
Movies Batman Begins | The Dark Knight | Batman 3

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