Coming back for a third season, CW’s Arrow looks to further expand DC Comics’ presence on television by tapping Brandon Routh to not play Superman. Instead, he’s been recruited to play Ray Palmer, better known as The Atom in the DC universe.
Arrow finished its second season with a semi-closing of the story of Deathstroke, but also bumped Amanda Waller to a potential season regular in the upcoming story arc that will feature Oliver Queen’s continuing journey to becoming a hero while also continuing the story of his past, this time in China.
Routh, meanwhile, will be playing an interesting role, one that could have adversarial implications for the show’s main characters, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ray Palmer is described as an unrivaled scientist and inventor, who will play an unexpected role in Oliver’s and Felicity’s lives as the new Queen Consolidated owner and whose intentions with the company’s Applied Sciences division are a mystery.
In the DC Comics, The Atom can shrink down to a subatomic size. This marks the first time the character will appear in a live-action series, as TVLine first reported.
Routh, who played Clark Kent/Superman in 2006’s Superman Returns, is repped by UTA and Main Title. Other credits include features Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Zack and Miri; TV’s Chuck and Partners; as well as Crackle’s digital series Chosen.
He is the latest new castmember to join Arrow this season, with Devon Aoki and Peter Stormare already on tap. John Barrowman was upped to series regular.
Now two seasons in, and with a much stronger cast (Stephen Amell’s growth, in particular, is a case study in growing into a part), Arrow promises to further expand DC’s universe on screen at a time when the movie domination goes to their chief rival in Marvel. Already with one spin-off (Flash begins this fall, starring the DC hero of the same name), and only recently diving into meta-human powers, there is a lot of potential for the show, which has held its own in prime time.