What would an Adam West version of Ras So Ghul be like?

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What would an Adam West version of Ras So Ghul be like?

Postby FaxModem1 » 2016-11-29 09:22pm

Ras So Ghul, the iconic Batman and later DC villain, appeared in the 1970s, long after the campy version of Batman was fading away.

So, what if Ras So Ghul had been around for the 1960s? How would his character be different? What would be the same?

Who would best portray him on the 1960s TV show?

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Re: What would an Adam West version of Ras So Ghul be like?

Postby Iroscato » 2016-11-29 09:47pm

A few vague mental images come to mind of Ras lowering himself into the Lazarus Pit after walking up to it with a beautiful woman hooked onto each arm, musing on how to best Batman in mortal combat once and for all. His dress sense would've been beyond fabulous. He would've been quite threatening and ruthless by the show's standards, but still quite goofy overall.
I don't believe death would've been allowed in the show at the time (I've not seen all the episodes, but to my knowledge noody ever actually gets killed), so perhaps the Lazarus Pit would be a way of restoring his strength each time, or give him some other form of power (hypnotism to enthrall new members of the League, perhaps?). If death WAS allowed, his return after each resurrection would always be presented in typically OTT DUN-DUN-DUUUUUN fashion, with Batman and Robin being amazed at his return every time.
The League of Shadows/Assassins would be a laughably ineffective band of Hollywoodised ninjas, armed to the teeth with terrifying, intimidating rubber prop swords. Dispatching them would be a mildly strenuous distraction for the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder, but Ras would always escape and swear revenge.

As for who could portray him...it does precede the Jon Pertwee Doctor Who by a few years, but I reckon Roger Delgado would've been perfect - in both look and calculating, ruthless yet camp personae.

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Re: What would an Adam West version of Ras So Ghul be like?

Postby Tribble » 2016-11-29 09:54pm

Funnily enough IMO not much would change. He'd still be into remaking the world in his own image and being immortal and all that; the only difference is that his plans will all the more hilariously convoluted and he'd HAM IT UP TO ELEVEN!

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Re: What would an Adam West version of Ras So Ghul be like?

Postby Khaat » 2016-12-01 11:02am

Vincent Price was spry in the 60's. And he could roll out a decent monologue, even for a show like that. The onomatopoeia cards when he fights could be in illuminated letters or calligraphy... because, y'know, stylish fighting.
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Re: What would an Adam West version of Ras So Ghul be like?

Postby Khaat » 2016-12-01 11:14am

GHETTO EDIT: if he hadn't already been tagged to do Egghead. :(
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Re: What would an Adam West version of Ras So Ghul be like?

Postby The Romulan Republic » 2016-12-02 03:12am

Khaat wrote:Vincent Price was spry in the 60's. And he could roll out a decent monologue, even for a show like that. The onomatopoeia cards when he fights could be in illuminated letters or calligraphy... because, y'know, stylish fighting.


That would be hilarious. :)
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Re: What would an Adam West version of Ras So Ghul be like?

Postby Crossroads Inc. » 2016-12-02 11:49am

Ok ok guys, I know this may sound wierd but hear me out.

HIPPIE Ras So Ghul!

Think about! It's the 60s, the age of flower power!
What was Ras all about? like changing the world man!
Like totally about ending war and brining peace and brotherhood to mankind!
Think Trevor from IronMan 3.
Only, he doesn't act like the Mandarin, he acts like Trevor!!
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Re: What would an Adam West version of Ras So Ghul be like?

Postby The Romulan Republic » 2016-12-02 12:37pm

Can he be a stylish hippy? ;)
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Re: What would an Adam West version of Ras So Ghul be like?

Postby Crossroads Inc. » 2016-12-02 02:31pm

Oh god yes.
Like, I see him as a "hippie" purely in his mannerism.
His still 1000 years old.. or however old Ras is supposed to be... But he evolves with the time.
At he's adopted "Hippie-ness" as a way of connecting and spreading his message.

So I'm envisioning this Dapper, stylish type look, with a cape or opera cloak...
But with smoked glasses of course...

So he's like, the "Refinded Gentleman HIPPIE" !
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