The Atom Costume Revealed: First Look at Ray Palmer’s Super-Suit from ‘Arrow’

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The CW has unveiled the first photo of Ray Palmer’s (Brandon Routh) Atom costume, which will make its debut in episode 315 of “Arrow,” titled “Nanda Parbat,” which airs February 25.

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.

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  1. that helmed doesnt look so cool to be fair.

  2. That’s a superhero suit, really? What’s with the nutcrackers hanging here and there? Arrow, sheesh. Justin Hartley should have been cast. Tom Welling should have been cast as Superman, not the forgettable what’s his face. Bart Allen, the only person good enough to play Flash. So many casting screwups, I refuse to watch any of this garbage. Until they fix these drastic errors, I will never watch. Tom Welling would best even Christopher Reeve as the best Superman ever, even now. The guy doesn’t age.

  3. Spacetree says:

    I wonder if he’ll actually shrink in this show. So far, the suit’s abilities mentioned on the show seem more like Captain Atom’s powers. Plus, shrinking is really far out there for Arrow and seems more at home on The Flash.

  4. I can’t wait to see the debut of the Atom costume on 2/25/15. I hope that it will lead to the spinoff series.

  5. JOE S HILL says:

    Oh please!! what a stupid looking costume! why can’t these people just stay with the Traditional costumes from the comicbooks,and keep away from fashion disasters,like this! is that asking too much?
    i grew-up reading DC Comics in the 1960s,,and these are the reasons why i hate the people,who try to change these charecters,with these ridiculous costumes-give me a break!! THE ATOM’s Blue and Red costume is what the world’s smallest super hero is supposed to look like-not this rip-off cross between RoboCop and The Tin Man,,Too stupid looking!!

    • Joan says:

      Yes God forbid they look like they live in 2015 and not the 1960’s wearing leotards and plastic…

    • ambspock says:

      apparently not since – as he said – he “grew up” with the comics from the 60’s so his vision of the costume is probably a bit jaded and perhaps this is just a “prototype” and he is going to STAR Labs to improve on the costume? i think it looks decent..reminds me of the Iron Man costume but they are also dealing with a TV Budge and the fact that The Atom is making his debut on a “grounded” Arrow show ..this is just a pic..seeing a pic and on TV are slightly 2 different things (at least visually).

  6. Hm… Kinda looks more like X-O Manowar to me…

  7. He looks like he’s ready to play lacrosse or hockey. :/

  8. George Wilhelm says:

    Thanks to CW for giving the DC characters a home. Only need a few more, and the whole JUSTICE LEAGUE will be born???? Keep up the great work

  9. love that we have shows like this………….miss my comics but this brings them to life, no reality TV tired drama……good o’l fantasy ….kids dreams…………

  10. cdhaskell says:

    The Atom costume look like a winner. I hope that the Atom will get his own CW show real soon.

  11. Tony Copelin says:

    I am so glad I found the Flash this year. The crossover EP (and my brother’s constant harassment) got me to start watching Arrow as well. Two great shows that I don’t miss.I am still trying to catch up on the first two years of Arrow.

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