Trying to give Marvel a run for their money, no doubt, by getting the Atom out there before Antman, TVLine has announced that former Superman Brandon Routh has been cast in the role of Ray Palmer aka The Atom for the upcoming third season of Arrow. The site reports that Palmer will serve as a love interest for Felicity Smoak as well as become the new head of Queen Consolidated. A previous report on casting also teased that we’ll be seeing Palmer suit up as “a tech-powered superhero.” Which isn’t quite the same thing as as saying he’ll be shrinking down to battle villainous germs, but I’m there. I like Brandon.There were a lot of reasons to hate the 2006 Superman, but he (and his superbulge) were not among them. He’s incredibly, and he’s a much better actor than most people give him credit for (see: Chuck, Scott Pilgrim, and the vastly underappreciated Enlisted).
On the downside, it always sort of feels like Arrow is for DC’s second-string heroes. They’re the B-squad that aren’t good enough for the Justice League movie. And as fun as the show is, it has a history of ret-conning and ruining some fun DC characters (Huntress, Katana, Deadshot, and Black Canary), so we’ll just have to wait and see about tis one.
(via Coming Soon)