Talia al Ghul
|Talia al Ghul (Arabic: تاليا الغول)|
Art by Cameron Stewart
|First appearance||Detective Comics #411 (May 1971)|
|Created by||Dennis O'Neil|
|Team affiliations||Secret Society of Super Villains|
League of Assassins
|Partnerships||Ra's al Ghul|
|Notable aliases||Talia Head, Leviathan|
Talia al Ghul (Arabic: تاليا الغول) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with Batman. The character was created by writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Bob Brown, and first appeared in Detective Comics #411 (May 1971). Talia is the daughter of the supervillain Ra's al Ghul, the half-sister of Nyssa Raatko, on-and-off romantic interest of the superhero Batman, and the mother of Damian Wayne (the fifth Robin). She has alternately been depicted as an anti-hero.
Talia has appeared in over 500 individual comics issues, and has been featured in various media adaptions. The character was voiced by Helen Slater and Olivia Hussey in the DC Animated Universe, which became her first appearances in media other than comic books. The character was subsequently portrayed by Marion Cotillard in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises, and Lexa Doig in the television series Arrow.
- 1 Publication history
- 2 Fictional character biography
- 3 Powers and abilities
- 4 In other media
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The character was created by writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Bob Brown as simply Talia originally. The character's creation and depiction was inspired by other works of fiction, such as the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and the Fu Manchu fiction. The character first appeared in Detective Comics #411 (May 1971). She is most commonly depicted as a romantic interest for Batman, a villain, or a combination of the two. Her father, the leader of a worldwide criminal and terrorist empire, considered Batman the man most worthy to marry Talia and become his successor. Absent a spouse, Talia was considered as an heir to her father and his organization. While Batman is uninterested in the criminal empire, he has often demonstrated romantic feelings for Talia.
Talia has saved the life of Batman or helped him on numerous occasions. The majority of her criminal acts have been committed at the behest of her father and motivated by loyalty to her father rather than personal gain. She had been depicted as morally ambiguous or an antiheroic figure. In the mid to late 90's part of her father's name was incorporated to hers as a kind of surname to help readers associate her with Ra's al Ghul. Recent depictions have shown her to be more often an enemy of Batman and a supervillain in her own right, such as leading the League of Assassins, as part of the Secret Society of Super Villains, and as the mastermind behind Leviathan.
Fictional character biography
The first Talia comic story appears in "Into the Den of the Death-Dealers!" in Detective Comics #411 (May 1971), written by Dennis O'Neil. In the story, Batman rescues her from Dr. Darrk, apparently the leader of the League of Assassins. It is eventually revealed that the League is just one part of Ra's al Ghul's organization, The Demon, and that Darrk apparently turned against Ra's after failing in a mission (the usual punishment for this is death). At the end of the story, she shoots and kills Darrk to save Batman's life.
Talia next appears in "Daughter of the Demon" in Batman #232 (June 1971). In the story, Dick Grayson (Robin) is kidnapped. Ra's al Ghul enters the Batcave, revealing to Batman that he knows Batman's secret identity and saying that Talia was also kidnapped along with Dick. Batman then goes with Ra's to search for Dick and Talia; in the end, it is revealed that Talia loves Batman and that the entire kidnapping is a setup designed by Ra's as a final test of Batman's suitability to be Talia's husband and his successor. Though Batman rejects Ra's offer, he nevertheless returns Talia's feelings. Ra's and Talia consider Batman to be married to Talia with only their consent necessary in DC Special Series #15 (1978) in the story "I Now Pronounce You Batman and Wife!".
In the years since the character met Batman, Talia is repeatedly depicted as torn between loyalty to her father and her love of Batman. However, she has proven an important 'ally' in her way; most prominently, she encourages Batman to return to Gotham City when it is declared a "No Man's Land" (1999) following an earthquake, and Batman had lost his fighting spirit and did not believe he could save Gotham.
Son of the Demon
In the graphic novel Son of the Demon (1987) by Mike W. Barr, Ra's al Ghul successfully enlists Batman's aid in defeating a rogue assassin who had murdered his wife and Talia's mother, Melisande. Talia witnessed the murder as a young child. During this story line, Batman marries Talia and the prior marriage from DC Special Series #15 (1978) is referenced. They have conjugal relations which results in her becoming pregnant. Batman is nearly killed protecting Talia from an attack by the assassin's agents. In retrospect, Talia concludes that she could never keep Batman, as he would be continuously forced to defend her, so she fakes a miscarriage, and the marriage is dissolved.
In later continuity, after Talia gives birth the child is left at an orphanage. He is adopted and given the name Ibn al Xu'ffasch which is Arabic for 'son of the bat'. The only other clue to the child's heritage is a jewel-encrusted necklace Batman had given to Talia which Talia leaves with the child.
It is referenced in three Elseworlds storylines: Kingdom Come, its sequel The Kingdom, and Brotherhood of the Bat feature two alternate versions of the child as an adult, coming to terms with his dual heritage.
Birth of the Demon
The graphic novel Batman: Birth of the Demon (1992) by Dennis O'Neil explains how her father met her mother at Woodstock and that she was of Arab descent. Talia's mother later dies of a drug overdose in this story.
After Bane enters the League of Assassins, Ra's considers Bane a potential heir to his empire instead of Batman and wants his daughter to marry him.Talia later rejects the brute, regarding him as merely a cunning animal compared to the more cultured intelligence of his predecessor. After Batman defeats Bane in the Legacy comic series (1996), Ra's agrees that Bane was unworthy of his daughter (Detective Comics #701 and Robin #33), and calls off their engagement. Following Legacy, Bane has a nightmare in Batman: Bane (1997) of Talia (presumed to be deceased) betraying him and stabbing him and then embracing Batman. In Birds of Prey #26 (2001), written by Dixon, Bane continues to express his obsession with Talia. At the end of the story, Talia is pleased at the supposed death of Bane in one of her father's underground sanctums.
The Talia character was written to begin a new phase of her fictional life near the turn of the century. Talia, disillusioned with her father and his plans and using the name Talia Head for herself, leaves him to run LexCorp as its new CEO when Lex Luthor becomes President of the United States. Although she seemingly supports Luthor, she secretly works to undermine him, anonymously leaking news of his underhanded dealings to Superman. In Superman/Batman #6 (March 2004), when the time comes for Luthor's downfall, she sells all of LexCorp's assets to the Wayne Foundation, leaving Luthor penniless and his crimes exposed to all.
Death and the Maidens
In Batman: Death and the Maidens (2003) written by Greg Rucka, it is revealed that Ra's al Ghul met a woman by whom he had a daughter named Nyssa during his travels in Russia in the 18th century. Ra's abandons Nyssa at a crucial time: she is tortured, her entire family is killed in a concentration camp during the Holocaust, and she is rendered sterile when Nazi doctors pour acid into her uterus. Seeking vengeance, Nyssa plans to use her considerable wealth and resources to kill Ra's by befriending, kidnapping, and brainwashing Talia, turning her into a weapon to kill their father. To this end, she captures Talia and kills and resurrects her in rapid succession in a Lazarus Pit, leaving Talia virtually broken from the trauma of dying again and again in so short a time as Nyssa asks Talia why her father is 'letting' this happen to her. Rendered apathetic by her time in the camp, unable to feel anything, Nyssa also plans to assassinate Superman with Kryptonite bullets she stole from the Batcave, hoping that, by uniting the world in one moment of tragedy, she would manage to rouse herself once more.
While Batman is successful in preventing the assassination of Superman, he is unable to stop Nyssa from killing Ra's. This, in turn, is actually part of a greater plan concocted by Ra's, who wants to ensure that his daughters would accept their destinies as his heirs and take up his genocidal campaign. Realizing and accepting this, Nyssa and Talia become the heads of The Demon, with Talia disavowing her love for Bruce Wayne as another result of her torture at Nyssa's hands (both sisters then consider Batman to be their enemy). Talia from then on became more often Batman's enemy than an ally.
In Countdown to Infinite Crisis, it is revealed that Talia is one of the core members of the Secret Society of Super Villains (the others were Lex Luthor (secretly Alexander Luthor, Jr. in disguise), Black Adam, Doctor Psycho, Deathstroke, and Calculator). This is revealed to be part of one of half-sister Nyssa's plans to take over the planet and bring about world peace and equality. After Nyssa is killed by Batgirl Cassandra Cain, Talia assumes leadership of the League.
Under the Hood and Red Hood: The Lost Days
During the "Death in the Family" (1988) storyline, Jason Todd, the second Robin, is murdered by the Joker in Ethiopia. He was later revived as a character, and in Under the Hood (2005), he is discovered by the League of Assassins. In "Lost Days", out of her love for Batman, Talia takes Jason to her father and Jason spends months in the care of the League of Assassins. Although his body recuperates, Jason's mind is shattered.
Seeing no other way to help him, Talia takes Jason down to the Lazarus Pit and throws his body in while her father regenerates himself. Jason is fully revived in body and mind. Immediately afterward, in order to spare Jason her father's wrath, she aids the boy's escape.
Livid at the fact that Batman failed to avenge his (Jason's) death by killing the Joker and that Batman had done nothing more than imprison him again, Jason pursues his own brand of justice. In order to stall him from killing Batman, Talia agrees to finance Jason and aid him in his training, so that he can then become the second Red Hood.
In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, this story was changed, whereby Red Hood and the Outlaws #2 (2011) shows that, shortly after Jason Todd's return from the dead, Talia al Ghul, out of her love for Batman, takes him to a secret cult of warrior monks called the All Caste to train in becoming a skilled assassin.
Batman and Son
The concept of Talia and Batman having a child from Son of the Demon is reinterpreted into continuity in the story Batman and Son (2006), written by Grant Morrison. Their son is grown in an artificial womb and named Damian. He is raised and trained in the League of Assassins. Talia introduces him to Batman as part of a grand scheme involving ninja Man-Bats and the kidnapping of the British Prime Minister's wife. Morrison said he relied on his shaky memories of Son of the Demon before writing so he "messed up a lot of the details" such as Talia drugging Batman before sex. Morrison's mistake was later retconned by then Batman and Robin writer Peter J. Tomasi in the title Robin Rises Omega where Batman admits that he fell in love and followed his heart.
R.I.P. and Final Crisis
During the Batman R.I.P. storyline, Talia and Damian become aware of the Black Glove's plot against Batman and begins devising a plan to help save him. They arrive at Wayne Manor just in time to save Commissioner James Gordon from being killed by assorted booby traps created by the Black Glove. This is referenced in issue 39 of the old 52. She offers to join forces with Gordon to save Batman. She and Gordon arrive too late, however, and are informed by Robin that Batman went missing and may be dead following a battle with Doctor Hurt.
Furious that her love may be dead, she sends out her ninja Man-Bats to murder Jezebel Jet, who plays a major role in trying to kill Batman. Soon after it is revealed Batman did not die, but survives only to be captured by Darkseid during the Final Crisis and then apparently murdered by the New God.
Following Batman's apparent death, Talia apparently decides to leave Damian in the hands of his adopted brother Dick Grayson, who later takes on the role of Batman, and selects Damian to succeed Tim Drake as Robin.
Following an operation in which Damian's spine is replaced, it is revealed that Talia inserts an implant into his spine that allows her or anyone she chooses, including Deathstroke, to control Damian's body remotely. She intends to use this device to force Damian to kill Dick Grayson, whom she perceives as holding her son back from his potential. After Grayson frees Damian, Talia reveals to her son that she has begun cloning him after realizing that the Boy Wonder has completely sided with his father's circle during their confrontation. She is too much of a perfectionist to love her son after he has defied her in such a manner, and is no longer welcome in the House of al Ghul.
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In Batman Incorporated, written by Grant Morrison, Talia is revealed to be the mastermind behind the Leviathan, a shadowy organization formed to oppose Bruce's "Batman Incorporated" project. She places a bounty of US$500,000,000 dollars on Damian's head, and declares war on Batman. In Batman Incorporated Vol. 2, #2 (2012), a Talia origin issue, she puts her father, Ra's al Ghul, under house arrest for opposing her plan and takes his men away with her. She claims to Batman that her agents have infiltrated all of Gotham's infrastructure and that she is providing the poor with purpose by arming them and giving them slogans to chant, as well as an enemy to fight. Talia says Batman must choose between saving Gotham from suicide or saving their son Damian from a death sentence. Her clone of Damian, known as the Heretic, stabs Damian through the chest and delivers the killing stroke to her son, a move that leaves Batman devastated. After the Heretic's final loss against Batman, Talia kills him, destroys Wayne Tower, and challenges Batman to a duel to the death in the Batcave. There, Talia poisons Batman. He embraces and kisses her mid-battle, not knowing that her lips were covered with poison, and he apologizes for not being able to love her the way she wants and admits defeat. Talia asks Batman to beg for the antidote but he does not respond. Jason Todd arrives at the Batcave and offers Talia the Oroboro trigger, a device that would trigger the destruction of seven cities and that she claims would provide a new source of energy for the world. When she attempts to activate the device, Jason reveals that he has double-crossed her and that the weapons the device would trigger had already been disarmed. Talia is then shot and killed by Spyral agent Kathy Kane, buried, and her body later disappears from the grave site along with that of Damian. Morrison's writing of the Batman, Talia, and Damian saga drew from his own personal experience as a child of divorce. The end of Batman Incorporated marked the end of his seven-year run on the characters.
After Batman was preoccupied with a series of cases that would not end, Talia's body is taken from the grave by her father, Ra's, so that he wishes to resurrect his daughter and his grandson, Damian, whose body was taken also. Batman continues his pursuit for Ra's and to reclaim his son's body. Ra's attempted to resurrect Talia alongside Damian in what he thought was a Lazarus Pit in the island of Themyscira, but instead Ra's discovered that it was a portal to a Netherworld in the Pit's former location, of which both Wonder Woman and Batman were already aware. Ra's flees with the bodies afterwards. Batman arrives too late, when Ra's has successfully had the bodies placed in a Lazarus Pit, leaving Batman in dread. The resurrections fail, leaving Ra's to realize his arrogance for allowing the Heretic to kill his grandson, and regret of allowing his daughter, Talia to clone Damian. After defeating Ra's in combat as Batman intends to reclaim his son's body, their battle is intervened by Darkseid's elite member Glorious Godfrey and some Parademons. Batman is forced to team-up with Ra's to battle Godfrey (who was here to retrieve the Chaos Shard, a powerful crystal that once belonged to Darkseid which Ra's has hidden inside Damian's body) and the Parademons had taken the bodies of Talia and Damian. Ra's manages to get his daughter's body from the Parademons in the sky, but falls into the gorge of Nanda Parbat along with Talia's body, while Batman tries to retrieve his son's body from Godfrey. Following Damian's resurrection, Talia had emerged on Nanda Parbat with no memory of who she was. She kills a nearby Tibetan to eat their food.
Later, Talia was approached by a shadowy figure; she is able to recognize the robed figure and feared that faction known as the Lu'un Darga is upon release, she is then knocked unconscious. The robed figure restores Talia's memory and attempts to influence her as a servant, but Talia resists his control and knocks the robed figure with stalagmites. She tries to escape in the Lu'un Darga's unknown lair of the inner core with the heart of the Lazarus Pit. When Talia was reunited with her son in the Lu'un Darga's lair on al Ghul Island, Damian is aware of his quest about the Lu'un Darga, does not desire to see her and attacks. In their battle, Talia unsuccessfully convinces Damian. She explains that Ra's and his al Ghul family wage war against the ancient immortals of the Lu'un Darga claiming to be guardians of the Lazarus Pit. While Ra's sought to bring power and balance of life to Earth, the Lu'un Darga then tried to take back all life and cleanse Earth entirely because they would bring their own destruction to see Earth and the heart of the Lazarus Pit. Talia also tells him he is being used as a pawn of Ra's to steal the Lu'un Darga's power. The mysterious robed figure was revealed to be Den Darga, who thanked Damian's inadvertently for bringing the relic and attempts to bring about the end of life on Earth. While Den Darga destroys al Ghul Island by causing it to sink, he attempts to cleanse Talia and Damian's souls, but the clones of Damian insulate him and sacrifice their lives. Den Darga flees, leaving Talia and Damian to the abyss; they were rescued by Damian's friends. Afterwards, Talia is hopeful to move somewhere to a safe place and tells her conscious son to rest. When Damian is awake, Talia convinced her son to calm down and explains that she had been finding redemption for herself for her retribution against him and inaction after Den Darga's attack. She informs him that if he chooses vigilantism, it will corrupt him of his misdeeds. Talia then tells her son, Damian that he too can either choose between staying or leaving, after approving of who he is, except that his mother has been correcting herself and is regretful of her choices. As he chooses to leave and says goodbye to his mother, Talia regroups with the League of Assassins to prepare for war against Den Darga and the Lu'un Darga.
Talia, along with Batman, show up again later in the title to aid their son in saving all life on Earth from the threat of Den and the Lu'un Darga. They are portrayed as a bickering couple but also put things aside to help. Their mission is a success though Damian ends up giving his life to save humanity. He is later brought back to life by Suren Darga. With the world saved and satisfied her son is safe she goes ahead to rejoin the League of Assassins.
Subsequently in DC Rebirth, Talia al Ghul shows up for her son, Damian Wayne's birthday and warns him of Ra's al Ghul plot to send the Demon's Fist against Damian and the Teen Titans in a plan to assassinate them to prove their worth to the Demon's Head. These targets will later become Damian's Teen Titans teammates after he saves them, kidnaps them and makes them aware of the Fist and their plans.
She later appears in Batman #33. Batman and Catwoman come to Khadym to see Holly Robinson, who has been hiding with Talia since fleeing Gotham after killing hundreds of terrorists. Talia initially refuses to allow them to see Holly, going as far as severely wounding Batman and challenging Catwoman to a duel. Selina manages to defeat Talia by wounding her in the same manner that she did Batman beforehand.
Powers and abilities
Talia has been written to be an athlete at the peak of physical conditioning and has been trained in many forms of martial arts. She was educated in the arts and sciences, and she holds advanced degrees in biology, engineering, and business as an MBA. She is also quite proficient with most hand weapons. Often underestimated, Talia is also an excellent hand-to-hand fighter.
In other media
- Talia al Ghul appears in the DC Animated Universe, voiced by Helen Slater and by Olivia Hussey.
- Talia appears in Batman: The Animated Series, voiced by Slater. Introduced in "Off Balance", she is sent to go after Vertigo (her father's ex-servant) in Gotham City. When she and Batman are attacked and taken prisoner by the League of Shadows, Talia tends to Bruce Wayne's wounds. She proposes a temporary partnership with Batman, and they together defeat Vertigo. However, she double-crosses Batman in order to steal Vertigo's sonic weapon for Ra's al Ghul. Talia returns in the two-parter "The Demon's Quest". When she and Dick Grayson are abducted, Batman and Ra's work together to rescue them. It is ultimately revealed that Ra's staged their kidnappings to test Batman's suitability as an heir and son-in-law. Talia later helps Batman defeat her father. In "Avatar", Talia helps Bruce go after Ra's to stop from a self-destructive bid for immortality. Ra's disowns Talia and attempts to kill her and Batman. Nevertheless, the couple saves Ra's when this quest for immortality threatens her father's life. When she sees that Batman intends to take Ra's to the authorities, Talia turns on the Dark Knight so that her father can escape.
- Talia also appears in Superman: The Animated Series, voiced by Hussey. In "The Demon's Reborn", Talia tries to save Ra's al Ghul with a Native American artifact in Metropolis. Although both Superman and Batman try to stop her, Talia subdues Superman with the artifact. Combining the artifact with technology, she transfers Superman's powers to revive her dying father. Though father and daughter's latest quest is successful, an ensuing scuffle with the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight results in the two being tossed into an underground river.
- Batman Beyond reveals that, after assisting Bruce in thwarting her father's plan to destroy the world in 'the near-apocalypse of '09', Talia's consciousness has been replaced by Ra's al Ghul's. Her own father impersonates Talia to manipulate the elderly Bruce Wayne into using the Lazarus Pit as part of a plot to copy his mind patterns to Bruce's invigorated body, but he is defeated by Batman (Terry McGinnis), and is last shown in his base as it explodes when an electric cable strikes the Pit.
- Talia al Ghul appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by Andrea Bowen. In "Sidekicks Assemble!", it's implied that she has a crush on Robin. Talia appears again in "Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above Earth!" but has no dialogue and is revealed to be in love with Batman when she kisses the Dark Knight and helps defeat Ra's al Ghul.
- Talia makes a brief cameo as a child in the Legends of Tomorrow episode "Left Behind," portrayed by Milli Wilkinson.
- Talia appears in a recurring role in season five of Arrow, portrayed by Lexa Doig. She was once the mentor to Oliver Queen in the flashback storyline who helped him kill Russian criminals in Russia and encouraged Queen to do the same in his hometown when he returns; but she allied herself with Adrian Chase as a trainer in the present after Ra's al Ghul's death in order for them to take Oliver down. When she reveals her alliance to Prometheus, Talia and Adrian kidnap Oliver, with Talia assisting Adrian to make Oliver suffer. After Prometheus's team and Talia's group of assassins capture Team Arrow, Oliver recruits Deathstroke, Captain Boomerang, Dark Archer and Nyssa al Ghul to stop them and free Team Arrow. Nyssa fights Talia and is apparently defeated by her paternal half-sister. When Adrian commits suicide and triggers C4 bombs across the whole island, Talia's fate is unknown. In season seven it is revealed that Talia survived the explosion thanks to a drug provided by Ricardo Diaz. At some point, she was incarcerated at Slabside Maximum Security Prison where she was placed in Level 2. Under the alias of the "Demon," Talia helped Diaz to order different attacks on Oliver Queen. After Oliver helped in her escape, Talia dropped off the USB involving Jarrett Parker's illegal psychiatric activities on them to Felicty Smoak which led to Level 2 getting shut down and Jarrett getting fired. Though Talia later returned and slew Jarrett as payback for what she has been through.
- Although never seen or mentioned in Batman Begins, Talia is briefly mentioned in the bonus features of the DVD release under Ra's al Ghul's character info file. She is also referenced in the novelization, though not by name.
- Film director George Miller expressed interest in casting Teresa Palmer as Talia al Ghul in the planned Justice League film Justice League: Mortal, before the project was cancelled.
- Talia appears in The Dark Knight Rises, where she is portrayed by Marion Cotillard while being portrayed by Joey King and Harry Coles during flashbacks. Throughout most of the film, she appears under the alias Miranda Tate, a wealthy executive and philanthropist who gains Bruce Wayne's trust as Wayne Enterprises's CEO, and briefly becomes a lover. After Batman defeats Bane, Talia reveals that she is Ra's al Ghul's daughter, and that she dedicated herself to carrying out the dream of destroying Gotham after her father's demise in the first film. The film further reveals that Talia was born in the underground prison "the Pit" and is a loyal friend to Bane, a prisoner who was condemned since birth himself and protected her until she was able to escape. Batman and Selina Kyle pursue Talia as she drives a truck carrying an atomic bomb with which she intends to destroy the city. Talia is mortally injured when she crashes her vehicle. She dies believing that her mission is a success, but Batman ultimately saves Gotham by carrying the bomb in the Bat over the bay to explode.
- Talia al Ghul appears in a non-speaking cameo in Batman: Under the Red Hood.
- Talia al Ghul appears in Son of Batman, voiced by Morena Baccarin. During the movie's prologue, she leads the defense of the League of Assassins' base. Then, she brings her son Damian Wayne to Batman to help avenge his grandfather. Talia is captured soon after a failed attack on Deathstroke's base, attempting to regain full control of the League, and is subjected to torture. Later, Deathstroke uses the threat of killing her to make Damian come after her. In addition to her wounds from the torture, Talia is shot upon shielding Damian with her body. Batman later uses the nearby Lazarus Pit (around which Deathstroke's base was built) to revive her. At the end of the film, she argues with Damian's father on who is better equipped to look after Damian. After Damian decides to remain with his father, she departs with the intention of rebuilding the League.
- Talia al Ghul makes a cameo appearance in Batman vs. Robin in Bruce Wayne's nightmare.
- Talia al Ghul returns in Batman: Bad Blood with Morena Baccarin reprising her role. Since last appearing in Son of Batman, Talia has abandoned any pretense of morality and relinquished her compassion for both Bruce Wayne and their son, seeing both primarily as tools to serve her purpose. Talia creates the Heretic (Damian Wayne's artificially full-grown clone) and recruits multiple super-villains like Blockbuster, Tusk, Calculator, Electrocutioner, Firefly, Hellhound, Killer Moth, and Mad Hatter. After capturing Bruce, Talia brainwashes Wayne into becoming her loyal servant. Later, she has Bruce use Wayne Enterprise's new communication software to brainwash the various political leaders of the world. Her efforts are ultimately stopped by the "Bat-Family" and Nightwing manages to help Bruce break free of Talia's control. Furious that she failed at both ambitions of controlling the world and having Bruce at her side, Talia retreats. She proceeds to escape on her jet, but is confronted inside by Onyx, who was looking for revenge on Talia for the Heretic's death, and counterattacks causing the jet to crash and leaving their fates unknown.
- Talia al Ghul appears in story sequences in the 1999 game Catwoman for Game Boy Color, in which she offers to pay Catwoman to steal an artifact from a museum, but Catwoman refuses, wanting it for herself.
- Talia al Ghul appears in several cinematics in Batman: Dark Tomorrow, voiced by Cynthia Farrell.
- Talia al Ghul appears in DC Universe Online, voiced by Ellie McBride. She is the "alert" broadcaster for the villain side.
- Talia al Ghul appears as an unplayable support card in the iOS and Android version of Injustice: Gods Among Us.
- Talia al Ghul is mentioned directly in Injustice 2 in dialogue by Damian Wayne.
Lego Batman series
- Talia al Ghul was a playable character in the Nintendo DS version of Lego Batman: The Videogame.
- Talia al Ghul appears as a playable character in the portable version of Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.
Batman Arkham series
- Talia al Ghul is mentioned in Batman: Arkham Asylum in Ra's al Ghul's bio as Batman's love interest.
- Talia al Ghul appears in Batman: Arkham City, voiced by Stana Katic. This version serves as the head of Ra's al Ghul's squad of elite female assassins. She first appears in Wonder City, where she saves Batman from being killed by the assassins and leads Batman to Ra's. After Ra's is defeated by Batman, Ra's takes Talia hostage, and Batman saves her by throwing a reverse batarang at Ra's. When the Joker attempted to kill Batman when pinned by rubble, Talia rushes to the aid and offers immortality. Instead, Joker takes her hostage at the Monarch Theater and threatens to kill her unless Batman meets at the Monarch Theater, Batman then confronts Joker, allowing Talia to stab with her sword from behind while distracted. She then reveals that she has stolen the cure from Harley Quinn. However, she is killed by the real Joker, and Batman uses her sword to defeat Clayface. It is unknown whether she was taken to a Lazarus Pit like her father for her body is never found.
- In Batman: Arkham Knight, Talia al Ghul's sword make an appearance in the evidence room at the Gotham City Police Department. If Batman interacts with it, there is a quiet moment of reflection before Batman whispers "I'm sorry". Also, Batman's hallucinations from the Scarecrow's fear gas has the Joker making many references to Talia, and that the Joker killed her, indicating that Batman at least believes her to be dead. During the Shadow War mission, a cold chamber with Talia's name can be found in the morgue of the Elliot Memorial Hospital, taken as headquarters by the League of Assassins loyalists. It is, however, ajar and empty, hinting that she may be alive.
- Talia appears in issue #11 and #12 of the Young Justice tie-in comic book series, where she and her father attempt to hijack the launch of a Ferris Aircraft space shuttle only to be thwarted by Batman and Robin. When Batman tried to shut down the launch, Talia tried to stop him, but Batman told her she would have to shoot him to stop him. She and Sensei then later appeared at the end where Matt Hagen comes out of the Lazarus Pit as a slimy monster. It is revealed that a few months ago, she fell in love with Hagen, who claimed he loved her for who she was, not who her father was. But when Ra's blessed their relationship, Hagen reveals that he has cancer and was using her to get to the Lazarus Pit, so it would cure his cancer. Talia is heartbroken but allows him to get in, but once he is submerged in the Pit, Talia closes the hatch, trapping him inside, which transforms him into Clayface.
- Talia appears in Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77.
- Talia al Ghul appearances masterlist. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
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Before Batman first encountered one of his greatest adversaries, Ra's al Ghul, he met his daughter, the lovely but lethal Talia [in a story by] writer Denny O'Neil and artist Bob Brown.
- O'Neil, Dennis, ed. (2008). Batman Unauthorized: Vigilantes, Jokers, and Heroes in Gotham City. Smart Pop. p. 20.
The mysterious Ra's al Ghul was introduced at this time as well, his daughter and Batman-love interest Talia and his Himalayan headquarters both directly inspired by the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
- Klaehn, Jeffery, ed. (2006). Inside the World of Comic Books. Black Rose Books. p. 129.
Mike W. Barr: I have made the point elsewhere that the relationship between Batman, Ra's and Talia is basically that of James Bond, Draco, and his daughter, Tracy, from On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
- Morrison, Grant (2012). Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human. pp. 147–148.
Together Adams and O'Neil created two classic and abiding Batman antagonists, in the forms of international crime lord Ra's al Ghul and his sexy daughter Talia, who updated the Fu Manchu exotic villain archetype into the fashionably seventies world of ecoterror.
- Anders, Lou (2009-05-15). The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu. Karamaneh and Fah lo Suee. "O’Neil combined the two women, added a touch of On Her Majestry’s Secret Service, and viola, Ra’s al Ghul and Talia are born."
- Batman Villains Secret Files & Origins #1 (1998). "'The Detective,' as Ra's al Ghul calls the Batman, is his most worthy opponent, and the one man most deserving of wedding his beautiful daughter Talia and inheriting the Demon's empire."
- Greenberger, Robert (2008). The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. Del Rey Books. p. 179. "Head, Talia. Talia was the younger daughter of Ra's al Ghul, considered heir to his empire despite her independent streak."
- Superman/Batman Secret Files #1 (2003). "She is the daughter and sole heir of immortal international eco-terrorist Ra's al Ghul, the so-called 'Demon's Head.'
- Batman Villains Secret Files and Origins (2005). "The siblings killed their father, only to discover that it was his plan all along to forge Nyssa into his successor. Nyssa and Talia now have all of Ras's empire under their control."
- Greenberger, Robert (2010). The Essential Superman Encyclopedia. Del Rey Books. pp. 117–118.
- Greenberger, Robert (2008). The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. Del Rey Books. p. 180. "Additionally, after Batgirl killed Nyssa, Talia took control of the League, setting herself up as one of the most dangerous people on Earth."
- Batman Villains Secret Files and Origins (2005). "With Talia also at the core of the super-villain organization known as the Society..."
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- Batman Villains Secret Files and Origins (2005). "..Talia eventually distanced herself from both men and, taking the English translation of her surname, 'Head', as her American last name, became CEO of LexCorp."
- Newman, Nick. Mild Mannered Reviews - Specials - President Luthor: Secret Files and Origins #1 "Luthor parks in front of an apartment and heads up alone. Ringing a doorbell, the accompanying door opens to reveal Talia. She lets him in and tells him not to call her Talia Al Ghul. Her name is Head, pronounced Heed."
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- Webb Mitovich, Matt (November 2, 2016). "Arrow Casts Talia al Ghul With Continuum/Andromeda's Lexa Doig". TVLine. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
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- Warner, Kara (2012-07-28). 'Dark Knight Rises' Femme Fatales: An Appreciation. MTV. Retrieved 2012-12-14. "Back to Cotillard as Talia al Ghul and that moving reveal ... how great is that moment? While she reveals her true self as the cold, calculating killer maestro behind the madness, she is doing so whilst lovingly fixing Bane's busted mask, causing that aforementioned tear."
- Wigler, Josh (2012-07-27). 'The Dark Knight Rises' Again: Tips For Your Second Viewing. MTV. "The big twist of 'Rises' centers on the transformation of Marion Cotillard's character from Wayne Enterprises CEO Miranda Tate to League of Shadows heir and terrorist Talia al Ghul."
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