A new addition to “Arrow” in season three, Ray Palmer is a billionaire tech genius who harbors aspirations of heroism after his fiancee was killed when Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) attempted to take over Starling City at the end of last season.
According to “Arrow” executive producer Marc Guggenheim, “Ray’s the first technology-based hero that we’ve done. Our heroes, on ‘Arrow’ at least, tend to be very sort of fisticuff-oriented. Ray is trying something brand new, also brand new for us too. He’s creating what we call the Super Suit, the ATOM suit that is really at the cutting edge of technology, both in the real world and on the show. He’s also going to have to discover that a super suit does not a hero make. Part of the thing that we’re always trying to be true to is putting on a costume is the easy part. It’s being the hero that’s the really difficult part and one does not mean you’ve accomplished the other.”
Routh will also cross over to “Arrow” spinoff series “The Flash” this season. As Variety first reported, Routh and “Arrow” costar Emily Bett Rickards will visit Central City in episode 18 of “The Flash’s” freshman season, in an installment called “All Star Team-Up.”
“When you reach what’s going on in ‘The Flash’ at that point in the season, Barry is really at a crossroads. Having Felicity come by exactly when he needs her really plays into the whole storyline,” previewed “Arrow” and “Flash” exec producer Andrew Kreisberg. “It’s fine because as Marc said, Ray Palmer is all about technology and STAR Labs is all about technology. We get to see Ray so happy to be in STAR Labs… With Cisco [Carlos Valdes] and Ray, they’re new best friends. The STAR Labs team is going to help Ray further his ATOM project.”
Routh was enthusiastic about the crossover, telling Variety, “I’ve thought about that, because I’m a ‘Flash’ fan for sure — it’s a fun show and the energy of that show jives more with Ray’s energy, so I think he’ll definitely be a kid in a candy store over there, checking out all of their cool equipment and everything they have going on.”
“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and “The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.