The CW Sees ‘The Atom’ as Their Next DC Comics-based Series

By January 11, 2015

Last year, it was announced that actor Brandon Routh — best known for playing Superman in 2006’s Superman Returns and as Daniel Shaw on NBC’s “Chuck” — was cast as a different DC Comics character: Ray Palmer, a brilliant scientist also known as the Atom. Today, at the Television Critics’ Association’s Winter TV Press Tour, the masterminds behind current CW hits “The Flash” and “Arrow” have announced their intention to position “The Atom” as the latest series taking place in the same shared universe as the shows featuring the Scarlet Speedster and the Emerald Archer.

According to Deadline, executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Marc Guggenheim stated this morning that the team is in “very early talks” about an “Atom” series, and are conducting those talks with a “very general idea” of what the series could look like going forward.

DC Comics seems to be a major player in shaping the CW’s current niche, with “Arrow” and “The Flash” being very big successes for the network which has struggled in previous years with defining itself. While these shows aren’t the first exploration of a DC Comics character on the network — the ten-season “Smallville” exploring Clark Kent’s years before becoming Superman finished its run on the network after its establishment — the tactic being explored by the current shows seems to be catching on with audiences, following in the footsteps of the expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe, while also being a forerunner to a cinematic DC Universe being expanded by next year’s films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.

The recent crossover episodes between “Arrow” and “The Flash” proved very popular with audiences, with the longer running series hitting its highest-ever ratings when sharing story material with “The Flash.” Previous rumors have also cropped up that the creative team behind the current shows have also looked at DC character Firestorm as a potential series subject, while a “Supergirl” series is also actively being developed. Fox’s “Gotham” is also going strong on Fox.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.