The ridiculously good looking Brandon Routh may not have gotten a fair shake the last time he donned a superhero’s tights in Superman Returns (while the movie wasn’t great, I thought he did a FINE job), but that hasn’t stopped the CW from having him join the cast of their current hit series “Arrow” as Ray Palmer/The Atom.
Admittedly, I am not as well versed in Arrow’s universe, so…to the Wiki-mobile!
The Silver Age Atom (Dr. Ray Palmer) first appeared in 1961. Palmer, a physicist who “specializes in matter compression as a means to fight overpopulation, famine and other world problems,” makes a lens from a fallen white dwarf star, allowing him to shrink anything to any size he wishes – but the effects don’t last long because shrinking messes with the object’s molecular structure, causing it to explode. During a cave expedition with his students, they (along with his lady love, lawyer Jean Loring) find themselves trapped in a cave after a rock slide. Palmer uses the lens to shrink himself – even though he knows he’ll most likely explode – in order to get to the others and tell them how to get out before he dies. But when he doesn’t go “BOOM,” he discovers that not only is he alive but something in the cave’s moisture has altered the molecular structure of the lens just enough for him to survive; with further experimenting, he learns that other objects still explode while he can change his shape without incident.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Routh has signed on for a 14-episode arc with the show and not only will he play Ray Palmer/The Atom, he’ll also be the new owner of Queen Consoldiated…which of course will have some effect on Oliver Queen/Arrow (Stephen Amell). Routh’s character will also be a new love interest for Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards).
This’ll be the second time Routh has suited up as a DC superhero and I’m more than okay with that – I may even tune in just to see what up!
What do you think about this casting?
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