Malcolm Merlyn won’t be the only archer antagonist in Arrow season 3. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Tron: Legacy actor Matt Ward will face off against Oliver Queen as Simon Lacroix, a.k.a. Komodo, in the upcoming season. He is described as “a deadly mercenary using the code name Komodo, who wreaks havoc in Starling City.” In addition, according to executive producer Marc Guggenheim, Komodo will play a bigger role than the standard “villain of the week.”
Yes, he’s the villain-of-the-week for the second week of the show, but you’ll see that Team Arrow’s pursuit of him is part and parcel of a season-long storyline. You’re going to know what happens to Komodo at the end of the episode, but it will be a little bit tied in better with the season-long mythology than villain-of-the-week episodes have done in the past.
Komodo’s first appearance was in the New 52 at the start of Jeff Lemire’s critically lauded Green Arrow run. A protege of Oliver’s father Robert Queen, he joined Robert on a quest for the Arrow Totem, which was said to bring the owner true enlightenment and possibly immortality. Wanting that for himself, and on the request of The Outsiders, he killed Robert, but was never able to find the totem. Years later, he became Oliver’s nemesis during The Kill Machine And Outsiders War arcs. Given Arrow‘s divergences from the comics, it’s doubtful that TV Komodo will have any personal connection to Oliver, but it’s likely he’ll be just as dangerous as his comic book counterpart.
Arrow’s antagonists have improved over the course of its two seasons, from enemies who were hardly memorable (a.k.a. most of season 1’s bad guys) to greats like Deathstroke and Clock King in season 2. It’s good to hear that the Arrow crew is making sure Komodo, a “a villain of the week,” will play a bigger role rather than just fighting Oliver for one episode. Honestly though, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t show up again in season 3 or beyond. This isn’t some no-name criminal from season 1. He’s an established DC villain. Let him go a few more rounds with Oliver. And hey, if you don’t have room for him on Arrow again, take the Clock King route and bring him over to The Flash.
SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly