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Learn about the 'Arrow' Villain Komodo

A new bad guy is heading to Green Arrow's show and we'll tell you everything you should know about him!

Arrow's third season is looking like it'll be very exciting. Not only will we have a new location for the flashbacks (Hong Kong), but it looks like the upcoming episodes are bringing a whole lot of familiar faces to its world and hopefully, they'll be put to good use (unlike Constantine Drakon... sorry, still bummed about that one). They've teased Ra's al Ghul, Ray Palmer, and we know Katana will help train Oliver Queen, a.k.a. Green Arrow, but an especially appealing bit of news is that a standout villain from the New 52 will appear! Many of us loved Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, and Marcelo Maiolo's time with Ollie (if you haven't read it, go collect the trade right now -- it's called The Kill Machine) and they brought a very cool new villain into the picture: Simon Lacroix, a.k.a. Komodo. Entertainment Weekly announced that actor Matt Ward has landed the role and we're sure a number of you are saying, "Okay, so who's Komodo...?" Well, we're here to tell you all about this intimidating villain and even share some thoughts about how we think he'll be brought to the CW show.

*Contains spoilers from Green Arrow's TV series and his New 52 comic*

Lacroix is a power hungry and thoroughly evil dude. Just like Oliver, he's an ordinary human who happens to be very gifted with a bow and also has some solid talent in hand-to-hand combat. He can't take on Batman in an unarmed fight, but he's good enough to give Ollie all kinds of trouble.

Unlike Oliver, Lacroix wasn't born wealthy and, thanks to some hard work, he was able to eventually work his way up Queen Industries' corporate ladder. He joined Oliver's father, Robert Queen, as his protege and the two searched for a mystical arrow -- an artifact that grants true enlightenment and possibly even immortality -- which belongs to the leader of the Arrow clan. "An Arrow clan? Huh?" Long story short, there's a group called the Outsiders and it consists of several clans (arrow, sword, spear, fist, ax, and shield). The clans are now divided, but we don't need to discuss those details here. Each one has a leader and Robert was aiming to become the head of the arrow clan. The Outsiders knew Lacroix isn't exactly the kindest fellow around and he craves power, so they promised him authority and said he could become the leader if he killed Robert. During this time, the two were being trained by Shado and she and Robert fell in love with her. They even had a child named Emiko.

Komodo "kills" Robert Queen (he intended to murder Queen and thought he put an arrow in the man, but it's eventually revealed he was fooled by a character named Magus). Komodo raises Emiko as his own child and later on brainwashes her into thinking Oliver's the enemy. As for Shado, he gave her to the evil Count Vertigo (a character who's also appearing in Season 3). Komodo and Oliver clash several times and during one encounter Ollie stabs an arrow through the villain's left eye. It's an embarrassing defeat, but Komodo's plans were far from over. The leader of the spear clan, Golgotha, took charge of the Outsiders and came up with a diabolical plan that would give them more power and influence in the world. Being the arrogant and selfish man that he is, Komodo killed Golgotha and took control of the group. However, Oliver and several allies of his own (which included a few clans) were able to prevent Komodo's twisted plan. Having learned the truth, it's Emiko that fatally strikes Komodo with an arrow.

Now, if you're following Arrow, you know there's several plot points here that can't or probably shouldn't be used in the show. For example, Oliver witnessed his father's death and Shado has a totally different story on the island. Quite a few of us would love to see Emiko Queen join the show (she's very similar to the lovable Damian Wayne), but seeing as Oliver already has a half-sister with a twisted father -- Thea Queen and Malcom Merlyn -- that storyline would feel like repeat territory for the series. Keeping Komdo's strong connection to Oliver's father is translatable, though. Let's say the TV show's Komodo is poor, works hard in the company, catches Robert's eye and the executive takes him under his wing and helps him out. Boom, connection to Oliver established and he could even loathe Oliver for essentially being a rich playboy who never worked hard prior to the island. However, seeing as Robert is apparently an honest businessman and has no connection to any of the story's other organizations, he wouldn't be able to take Komodo on a crazy journey and train with Shado. But, seeing as Robert's good friends with Malcom, it's possible Malcom also took interest in Simon and brought him to the League of Assassins. This would take place before Merlyn left, of course. Considering Ra's al Ghul is the "big bad" in Season 3 and he'll probably want Oliver taken out, he could he send Komodo -- a man who dislikes Oliver -- to do the dirty work for him. Or perhaps he's still aligned with Merlyn and he's sent to kill Oliver, that way the hero doesn't interfere with Thea's training. No matter how the two end up in a conflict, their battle could end with a nod to the comic (see below). It follows Oliver's no-kill policy, after all.

Executive producer Marc Guggenheim called Komodo the "villain-of-the-week" for the second week of the show, so it's clear they'll have to make some big changes to the character's story to make sure it can be told in just one episode. That said, Guggenheim added, "it will be a little bit tied in better with the season-long mythology than the villain-of-the-week episodes have done in the past." That supports Komodo having a link to the bigger picture and, based on what we know about Season 3, that would point to him working with Ra's al Ghul or Malcom Merlyn.

It looks like the upcoming season's narrative has plenty going on (new flashback with Katana and Amanda Waller, relationship with Felicity, Ray Palmer, evil Thea, Laurel possibly becoming Black Canary, Ra's al Ghul), so it's safe to say we won't see the Outsiders' plot being incorporated. However, Komodo has what it takes to be a rather awesome villain-of-the-week. He can despise Oliver's luxurious upbringing, challenge him in both ranged and melee combat, and work for a more prominent villain yet his personality could still show signs of wanting more power. When all is said and done, we just hope the character is still breathing and left with some potential for more stories down the road. We don't expect him to be a significant part of the show, but the foe had a noteworthy role in the comics and we're hoping his episode does the character justice.

Arrow returns October 8 on The CW.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

How do you think they'll use the villain in the TV show? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

34 Comments
Posted by Fallschirmjager

STOP STEALING BATMANS VILLAIN OMFG

Posted by kivatt
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Posted by Rixec

STOP STEALING BATMANS VILLAIN OMFG

Komodo is an original Green Arrow villain.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh
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Posted by Xwraith

I wanted to see him on the show, but I didn't think they'd actually use him.

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Posted by AmazingWebHead

I know I normally just bitch about the New 52, but that does sound like an interesting character.

Posted by patrat18
Posted by viin

Simon Lacroix/Komodo i believe is the president of Stellmoor International in the comics and I believe Isabel Rochev in the show said she was the vice president of Stellmoor in early season 2

Posted by tupiaz

There has only been released one trade with Jeff Lemire as the GW writer. The second one will be released the 21 of October.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@tupiaz said:

There has only been released one trade with Jeff Lemire as the GW writer. The second one will be released the 21 of October.

Not sure why I thought The Outsiders War was already out. The article has been edited, thanks.

Edited by saoakden

I'm looking forward to Arrow season 3. Komodo & Ra's Ah Ghul & I think Malcolm is a main character so this outta be an interesting season for Arrow. Although I wanted to see Malcolm fight Slade. Would have been cool. Dark Archer vs. Deathstroke.

Edited by Sovereign91001

Hmm, maybe this could be used to bring Emiko in down the line, Lemire's GA run was phenomenal but Emiko was definitely a high point for me.

Posted by k4tzm4n

Hmm, maybe this could be used to bring Emiko in down the line, Lemire's GA run was phenomenal but Emiko was definitely a high point for me.

I feel like it draws too many parallels to the situation with Thea, but yeah, Emiko's great so I'd love to see them make it happen.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Nice

Posted by tupiaz

@k4tzm4n said:

@tupiaz said:

There has only been released one trade with Jeff Lemire as the GW writer. The second one will be released the 21 of October.

Not sure why I thought The Outsiders War was already out. The article has been edited, thanks.

I wouldn't know if i wasn't waiting for my preorder. It also takes a relative long time for DC to release their trades at least compared to Marvel.

Edited by Dabee

It's a little weird that the show's producers knock Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino off the ongoing, but then go ahead and put his creations in the show. It's almost like they have something against Lemire.

Posted by MUFC

that aroused my intrest even more.

Posted by kilowog52

Wait! Has it been confirmed that Ra's is going to appear in Arrow? I hadn't heard anything about that. I know he's been mentioned several times, but I wasn't sure if he was just going to be this character who is mentioned but never seen or something. I wonder if they've cast the role. Or if Talia will appear. Nyssa already has a couple times. And Katana will help train Ollie? Okay. And I was thinking Komodo should appear in the show. And @viin is correct about the Stellmoor connection with Rochev. Other characters from the New 52 Green Arrow series could also possibly be fit into the show. There were two characters who Lemire killed as soon as he took over- Emerson and Jax, one he kept- Naomi, and one of his creation- Henry Fyff.

Posted by Anjales

If that scene where Arrow stabs Komodo in the eye does take place in the show I will laugh out loud cuz that would be the third guy Ollie has put an Arrow through the eye in the show.

Posted by The Impersonator

STOP STEALING BATMANS VILLAIN OMFG

It makes the show better. Without them, it wouldn't be.

Posted by entropy_aegis

STOP STEALING BATMANS VILLAIN OMFG

In this case it's STOP MESSING GA VILLAINS OMFG,this character is komodo in name only.

Posted by Mrnoital

I saw an interview with Geoff Johns today where he says they're bringing in the real count vertigo too, and that's something I'm pretty psyched for

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Posted by k4tzm4n

@fallschirmjager said:

STOP STEALING BATMANS VILLAIN OMFG

In this case it's STOP MESSING GA VILLAINS OMFG,this character is komodo in name only.

How do you know that? Even if he's just a "villain-of-the-week" it doesn't mean they can't get some key parts of the character right and keep him around for future potential.

Posted by entropy_aegis

@k4tzm4n said:

@entropy_aegis said:

@fallschirmjager said:

STOP STEALING BATMANS VILLAIN OMFG

In this case it's STOP MESSING GA VILLAINS OMFG,this character is komodo in name only.

How do you know that? Even if he's just a "villain-of-the-week" it doesn't mean they can't get some key parts of the character right and keep him around for future potential.

Race change,back story incredibly similar to this show's version of Merlyn. I'll be surprised if he's anything more than random archer bad guy of the week.

Posted by Xwraith

Race change,back story incredibly similar to this show's version of Merlyn. I'll be surprised if he's anything more than random archer bad guy of the week.

Would it be going too far to drop the show if they butcher him?

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Posted by k4tzm4n

@entropy_aegis said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@entropy_aegis said:

@fallschirmjager said:

STOP STEALING BATMANS VILLAIN OMFG

In this case it's STOP MESSING GA VILLAINS OMFG,this character is komodo in name only.

How do you know that? Even if he's just a "villain-of-the-week" it doesn't mean they can't get some key parts of the character right and keep him around for future potential.

Race change,back story incredibly similar to this show's version of Merlyn. I'll be surprised if he's anything more than random archer bad guy of the week.

To me, Komodo's skin color has nothing to do with who he is, so I don't mind that at all. But yeah, the bit with Emiko draws parallels to Thea's story, so that's why I said in the article I understand if they don't incorporate that aspect. As long as his personality stays in tact, has a connection to Oliver's father and in turn him, can challenge Oliver physically, and they leave him with some promise for future potential, I'll likely cool with it. Would I like to see his story presented how Lemire did it? Hell yes, but considering everything else that's going on in S3, I just don't see that as possible. But yeah, if he's just some forgettable boss battle with no depth, I'll be disappointed. As they continue to open the door to more powers, I'm really hoping Brick is eventually introduced as an up and coming crime lord.

Posted by evangeline9

but i want more Ra's lesbian daughter in action -_-

Posted by The_Deathstroker

I hope he appears, sounds awesome, but I certainly don't want him sticking an arrow in another person's eye. Remember Slade?

But yeah, other than that I agree with everything you said. I didn't know Ra's was CONFIRMED as the big bad already, tho. Unless that's just speculation.