Ra’s al Ghul trends as fans pay tribute to David Warner

Ra's al Ghul Batman: The Animated Series David Warner
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David Warner, the English character actor who played roles in films like The Omen, Titanic, Time Bandits, and numerous parts in the Star Trek franchise, has passed away from cancer just a few days shy of his 81st birthday. In the wake of his death, his fans are memorializing him on social media, with many recalling one of the actor’s greatest voice roles, that of Batman’s arch-nemesis, Ra’s al Ghul.

In addition to his numerous onscreen character roles, Warner was a noted voiced actor and lent his distinctive cultured voice to numerous animated series, including Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Freakazoid!, Spider-Man (1995), Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and Teen Titans Go!, to list but a few but his portrayal of Ra’s al Ghul, head of the League of Assassins and one of The Batman’s most formidable foes is arguably one of his greatest voice roles and remains a fan favorite as evidenced by the outpouring of tributes on social media. The character’s name is currently trending on Twitter.

While the character has appeared in live and animated series over the years, Warner was the first actor to voice him and portrayed the character’s origin story in the Batman: The Animated Series episode “The Demon’s Quest,” based on the original story from the Batman comic book by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams. Warner would go on to voice the character in other appearances both in Batman: TAS as well as its companion series in the DC Animated Universe, Superman: The Animated Series.

Fans are recalling the nuance Warner lent to Ra’s and making note of the fact that he is considered by many to be the greatest personification of him to date despite many others following in his footsteps. Many say that it was Warner’s greatest performance in a career that lasted decades and rarely saw him without work.