Is it has been speculated that the CIA operative Bryan Mills eventually became Henri Ducard, or Ra’s al-Ghul.

Bryan Mills (Taken)
Bryan Mills (Taken)

But there are many holes in this theory, most notably that Bryan’s daughter is named Kim, not Talia. But could Henri’s backstory still be out there? Is possible that John Ottway, the famous wolf hunter from The Grey eventually became Henri Ducard? And could it be that he eventually trained Bruce Wayne and inherited the mantle of Ra’s al-Ghul?

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Henri Ducard/Ra’s al-Ghul

Let’s begin by taking a look at one of the core motivations of these two men. For reasons that are left unexplained, John Ottway’s wife is either estranged or deceased.

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John Ottway looks at his wife’s picture

We know from the events of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises that Henri Ducard’s wife was similarly estranged, as she’d been banished to the prison pit where she eventually died as punishment by her father, a powerful warlord, for marrying Ducard without permission, and when we meet him in Batman Begins, we learn that his drive to avenge her death is part of what drove him to join the league.

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Henri Ducard explains how the loss of his wife led him to join the League of Shadows
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Ducard’s wife facing death in the Prison Pit

 In order to successfully fend off one of the world’s most ferocious predators, John Ottway had to be a more than just a man, and we see he’s prepared to fight with crude weaponry.

John Ottway tapes broken glass bottles to his hands as he prepares to fight the Alpha Wolf
John Ottway tapes broken glass bottles to his hands as he prepares to fight the Alpha Wolf

We also know that John Ottway is highly skilled killer, and when we consider his legendary sharp shooting skills, we can easily see that he probably had professional military training.

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John Ottway Shoots a Wolf

We also know that he appears to have experience with creating make-shift explosives, as we see with his creation of the explosive spears he builds to fend off the wolves.

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John Ottway teaches his group how to make explosive spears out of a charred stick and a shotgun shell

We see in Batman begins that Ducard is also familiar with using explosives.

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Ducard teaches Bruce Wayne to use explosive powder as “Weapons or Distractions”

John was essentially a gun for hire, paid to protect oil drillers in the arctic, just as Henri Ducard was was a hired gun before he joined the League, with the doctor in Bane’s prison going so far as to call him a mercenary.

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Henri Ducard as a mercenary in the Middle East
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John Ottway as a hired gun in Alaska

John Ottway was also a natural leader. When his plane crashed in the arctic, he took charge of the survivors and organized their attempt at survival by showing them techniques to defend themselves against the wolf pack that was hunting them.

John Ottway unites his group against the wolves
John Ottway unites his group against the wolves

This is precisely the personality type, with the ability to channel multiple people to fight a common goal, that would be needed to lead legions of assassins.

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Henri Ducard and League members

The last time we see John Ataway, he was clutching a knife and taping broken glass to his hands, getting ready to fight the Alpha Wolf; a challenge worthy of the Demon’s Head himself.

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John Ottway is about to fight fight the Alpha Wolf

So let’s review the facts; John Ottway  and Henri Ducard both endure the pain of a missing wife, they were both mercenaries with weapons training, experience with explosives, and survival knowledge. On top of that, John Ottway was a natural leader, and possessed the physical and psychological tenacity that would have made him the perfect Head of the Demon.

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John Ottway Prepares to Fight the Alpha Wolf

The last time we see John Ottway, he is about to take on the alpha wolf, and because his fate remains unknown, it’s impossible to know for sure if he survived to lead the League of Shadows, so I ask you, did John Ottway become the Head of the Demon?

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