Ra's Al Ghul is a near immortal bent on keeping the world in balance. Living for 500 years, Ra's has accumulated wealth, knowledge, and power. He extends his life through the use of the Lazarus Pits, pools filled with an alchemical mix of acids and poisons. He usually builds compounds over these pits such as one in Tibet and another off the coast of the Outer Hebrides. Ra's later founded the League of Assassins to aid his vision in making certain the Earth abides in natural contentment without the abuse of man. In the present, Ra's trained Deathstroke to be his successor. Deathstroke was even set to take Talia al Ghul (DCUAOM) as his bride but Ra's had found a more worthy successor: Batman. Ra's soon forced Deathstroke out of the League. Batman opposed Ra's and concluded he was a mad man. They clashed over the years.
After Talia gave birth, Ra's groomed his grandson Damian to one day inherit and lead the League. Ra's also envisioned Operation Airstrike - the creation of an army of flying super-powered ninjas using sonar in the dead of night. He recruited Dr. Kirk Langstrom to create a more powerful version of his Man-Bat Serum by splicing animal DNA to humans with advanced mutagens. One day, Deathstroke invaded the Tibetan compound with his own army and staged a hostile takeover. Deathstroke baited Ra's into battle and once in position, Deathstroke fled the temple. Ra's could not outrun the blast wave of missile fire and then fell several floors. Before Deathstroke could execute him, Damian intervened. With his last ounce of strength, Ra's tried to crawl to the Lazarus Pit but he died before he could immerse himself. Damian wanted to place him into the pit but Talia admitted he was beyond healing. Talia set off to avenge his death. Even Batman found news of his death hard to believe, as he had cheated death so many times.