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The Idea Of An Atom Spinoff Series May Be Growing On The CW

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ArrowComic-book superheroes have been ruling the big screen for a while now, with Marvel enjoying an insane run of success at the box office and DC now doing its best to play catch-up. But some of the most entertaining comic adaptations are actually unfolding on the TV front — especially on The CW, where Arrow and The Flash are constructing a shared universe any longtime DC fan should love. Now it looks like the Arrow-verse might be expanding even further in the not-too-distant future, by giving a tiny hero his big moment in the spotlight.

Of course we’re talking about Ray Palmer, aka The Atom. Palmer was introduced earlier this season on Arrow as a scientist/industrialist who takes over Oliver Queen’s former company. And just as Barry Allen/The Flash was introduced on Arrow in the hopes that the character would prove popular enough to support his own show, Palmer (played by former Superman Brandon Routh) is also being groomed for his own potential spinoff once he dons The Atom’s red and blue super-duds. Speaking to THR, Arrow-verse executive producer revealed that very early discussions about an Atom spinoff have already taken place, but it’s a long way from a done deal. Berlanti said:

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Brandon Routh Joins Arrow As Shrinking Scientist Extraordinaire, The Atom

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RouthIt’s anybody’s guess whether Zack Snyder’s cumbersomely titled Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be a trainwreck or a successful foundation for the DC Cinematic Universe Warner Bros. is desperately hoping for. But regardless, the folks at The CW’s Arrow are already succeeding at creating a more interesting and coherent DC universe on the small screen. With its third season set to premiere this fall, Arrow has grown into a hugely entertaining show and has been steadily introducing TV versions of tons of familiar DC characters, including Barry Allen, aka super-speedster The Flash, who is spinning off his own show this fall as well. Now it looks like another stalwart of the Silver Age Justice League line-up is entering the Arrow-verse: ex-Superman Brandon Routh will be guest starring this season as Dr. Ray Palmer, better known as The Atom.

Deadline reports that Routh, who played Superman/Clark Kent in Bryan Singer’s 2006 franchise non-starter Superman Returns, will be “the season’s main recurring guest star” on Arrow, and is set to appear in 14 episodes. He’ll be playing Palmer, who is described as “a scientist and inventor who will play an unexpected role in the lives of Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak as the new owner of Queen Consolidated.” Fans of the show will recall that Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) lost control of his company last season thanks to an evil scheme by the vengeful Slade Wilson (Spartacus: Blood & Sand’s Manu Bennet) and his undercover protege Isabel (Summer Glau). Since both of them have been dealt with, it was unclear if Oliver would somehow be able to wrest back control of Queen Consolidated, or if he was going to have to get used to a steady diet of Ramen.