Arrow is loading up on its villains for season three. Matt Ward (TRON: Legacy and Hellcats) has been tapped to play Simon Lacroix, otherwise known as DC Comics villain Komodo, EW has learned exclusively.
In DC Comics’ New 52, Simon is an archer and adversary of Green Arrow. On Arrow, he’s a deadly mercenary using the code name Komodo, who wreaks havoc in Starling City.
Komodo’s introduction comes as the show makes a move to connect the villains-of-the-week more closely to the overarching story. “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,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. “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.”
Arrow returns for its third season on Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.