Superman Returns star Brandon Routh will be playing another DC Comics superhero. The actor was recently cast in CW's Arrow series as Ray Palmer, a.k.a. The Atom.
The character is set to appear in the upcoming third season of the series. The news comes from TV Line, who reports that Palmer will serve as a love interest for Felicity Smoak. He will serve as the new head of Queen Consolidated. Palmer’s plans for Queen Consolidated’s Applied Sciences Division will be shrouded in mystery.
In case you're not familiar with the character, he's capable of shrinking to subatomic sizes, so he could run across one of Arrow's Arrows if he wanted too. Ray Palmer was created by Julius Schwartz, Gardner Fox, and Gil Kane in 1961. He's a member of the Justice League (and Teen Titans at one point). The Atom and Green Arrow also share a common villain in Deathstroke.