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Brandon Routh returns to DC as The Atom in 'Arrow'

Brandon Routh returns to DC
Photo by Charley Gallay

Before Henry Cavill took over the reign of Superman, it was Brandon Routh who wore the shielded cape for one film in 2006's "Superman Returns." Now Routh returns to the DC cinematic universe to portray another hero in the hit CW show "Arrow." This time around Routh will take on the task of playing the scientist Ray Palmer who uses his scientific prowess to act as the shrinking hero, The Atom.

Here's a quick description of how the television version of Atom will be represented courtesy of TVLine who broke the news:

An unparalleled scientist and inventor, Ray will play an unexpected role in the lives of Oliver and (rumored love interest) Felicity as the new owner of Queen Consolidated. Palmer’s plans for Queen Consolidated’s Applied Sciences Division will be shrouded in mystery.

While Atom was never a big named hero on Justice League rosters, there have been many famous story arcs centered around his lore and supporting characters in the comic books. "Identity Crisis," an award winning mini-series by Brad Meltzer, changed the status quo of DC Comics at the time of publishing. The superhero also gained national attention as a reoccurring character in the Cartoon Network animated series "Justice League Unlimited" during the mid-2000's.

He'll join recently announced Devon Aoki, who will play Katana, as new potential allies for Ollie. The new season of "Arrow" is shaping up to be a television gathering of what "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" could be. With last season's holdover heroes and this season's new introductions, Ollie could very well form his own Justice League team. He has enough superheroes in his phone book.

Here's hoping Routh makes a better Atom than he did Superman. What do you think about all the recent cast announcements from "Arrow?"