In some pretty cool news, TV Line is reporting that Superman Returns‘ Brandon Routh has been cast as Ray Palmer, aka The Atom, in The CW’s Arrow. Additionally, it’s said that the character will also be a love interest of sorts for Emily Bett Rickards’ Felicity Smoak.
A few weeks ago, news came out that a character, dubbed ‘Daniel’ at the time, was to appear in Season 3. It was presumed that ‘Daniel’ would end up being the Blue Beetle, with the character’s description reading “20something gent — a major recurring character for Season 3 — is a handsome, enigmatic and highly intelligent entrepreneur developing groundbreaking technology. (Picture a business magnate in Ryan Gosling’s body.) Though exuding charm and confidence in public, he privately harbors a tragic past that will drive him to become a tech-powered superhero. Watch for this formidable fella to be a love interest for Felicity and a rival of Oliver’s – both personally and professionally.” Rather than the Blue Beetle, it appears that this character will actually be The Atom.
The Atom is a character first introduced in 1961, created by Julius Schwartz, Gardner Fox and Gil Kane. Over the years he’s been a member of both the Teen Titans and the Justice League, and his main power is the ability to shrink to subatomic sizes. As it happens, one of his biggest adversaries is Deathstroke, played by Manu Bennett in Arrow. Whether this is brought up in the show remains to be seen.
Arrow returns to The CW on Wednesday, 8th October. Here’s hoping that a UK return isn’t too far away.