‘Superman Returns’ Star Brandon Routh Joins CW’s ‘Arrow’

'Superman Returns' Star Brandon Routh Joins
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“Superman Returns” star Brandon Routh is taking flight again — this time in The CW’s comic-book drama “Arrow.”

Routh is set to play the recurring role of Ray Palmer, also known as The Atom, in the show’s third season. His character is a scientist and inventor that will have an unexpected yet mysterious role in the lives of Oliver and Felicity.

In the DC Comics, The Atom can shrink down to subatomic size. Routh’s appearance on the show will mark the first time the character will appear in a live-action series.

Many fans got a taste of Routh as a superhero when he played the Man of Steel in 2006’s “Superman Returns.” He also appeared on network TV in NBC’s “Chuck” and CBS’ “Partners.” Most recently, he had a guest role on Fox’s “Enlisted.”

Routh is the latest star joining the “Arrow” cast in season three: Devon Aoki will playing Tatsu Yamashiro, AKA martial arts expert Katana; Karl Yune will appear as Tatsu’s husband, Maseo Yamashiro; and Peter Stormare will inherit the mantle of Count Vertigo after the Arrow killed the previous purveyor of the dangerous drug. The show returns Oct. 8 on The CW.

Variety’s sister site TVLine first broke the news.

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  1. SUPES says:

    When I seen Brandon I thought “OMG OMG OMG SUPES IS IN ARROW YEEEEEEES.” But now I read hes the Atom. ;/

  2. Joe says:

    I liked Superman Returns, It was more in the story on view of Superman then Man of Steel ever was.

  3. It is wrong, even being not really endured The Atom appeared in the Justice League of America´s pilot. Of course that was a terrible characterization so not a big deal of being forgetten

  4. Vincent says:

    Brandon I am happy for you. Looking forward to seeing 400 Days as well. Give me a shout if you get this at heisiam5@iicloud.com. All the best to you and Courtney.

  5. JoelR says:

    Routh has been working steadily. In addition to the above roles, he was in two other comic strip movies: DYLAN DOG and SCOTT PILGRIM. He did a couple rom-coms (MISS NOBODY and TABLE FOR THREE), I got a hoot from his role as Justin Long’s gay lover in ZACK & MIRI MAKE A PORNO. I think he might even have returned to Superman, voicing the character for some video game. Hope he gets a chance to suit-up in ARROW…after all, The Atom was a member of the Justice League and Routh would be a good fit for the upcoming film.

  6. PETER says:

    Nice to see Brandon Routh again. He did a good job with Superman. What’s his story? What happened during and after SUPERMAN?

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