Well, it would seem the tables have turned on antagonist introductions. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Nick Tarabay (Star Trek Into Darkness) will play Digger Harkness, a.k.a. Captain Boomerang, in season 3 of Arrow. Harkness will be introduced in episode 7, followed by another appearance in episode 8, which is part of the Flash/Arrow crossover happening later this year. He is described as “a former A.R.G.U.S operative, highly skilled in martial arts and espionage, with a deadly thirst for vengeance against his former employers.” Tarabay is the fourth Spartacus alumni to join the Arrow world after Manu Bennet (Slade Wilson), Katrina Law (Nyssa al Ghul) and Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Amanda Waller).
Captain Boomerang has been a notable adversary of the Flash for decades, so for him to be introduced in Arrow rather than The Flash seems weird at first. However, between the non-powered archer and the guy who can run at superhuman speeds, the odds are more in his favor fighting the archer. Plus, since he’s coming back for episode 8, there’s a chance he’ll run into the The Flash. If he can take down the Emerald Archer, maybe he’ll stand a chance against the Scarlet Speedster…emphasis on the word “chance.” I’ve also heard rumors that there’s a certain group of villains forming in Central City, and they may require Harkness’ talents.
On the other hand, there’s more to Boomerang’s history than just getting his ass kicked by Flash countless times. He’s also been a recurring member of the Suicide Squad, DC’s gang of coerced super villains performing secret missions for the U.S. government. He was most recently in Batman: Assault on Arkham (which should have just been called Suicide Squad: Assault on Arkham, but nothing sells DC products like attaching Batman to the title), and also was a member of Task Force X (the kid-friendly name for the Squad) in Justice League Unlimited. With the Suicide Squad’s increasing importance on Arrow combined with his past as an ARGUS agent, Harkness can likely expect a visit from Amanda Waller after he’s been captured by Arrow or Flash. Since Shrapnel’s “explosive” exit last season (it’s never good to lose one’s head in the middle of an operation…okay, I’ll stop), there’s a new opening on the team, and I hear that they’re always looking for people who are good at making Australian hunting tools. Okay, so that’s not really a desired qualification, but as long as he’s good at killing people, he should ace the job interview. Not sure about that drug test, though…
SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly