First Look at Arrow and The Flash's Brandon Routh Suited Up as Atom
The long-awaited first look at Brandon Routh's Atom costume is here, and it gives fellow shrinking superhero Ant-Man a run for his money:
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Brandon Routh plays Ray Palmer, aka Atom, on Arrow and The Flash. Up until now, Palmer has been depicted as a businessman and CEO who works with shrinking technologies, but he will soon take on the abilities- and the suit- of his superheroic alter ego, Atom. As Atom, Palmer has the ability to shrink to the subatomic level, which gives him a variety of powers, including super-strength and the ability to shift between dimensions.
Arrow EP Marc Guggenheim told Variety of Routh's character: "Ray's the first technology-based hero that we've done. Our heroes, on 'Arrow' at least, tend to be very sort of fisticuff-oriented. Ray is trying something brand new, also brand new for us too. He's creating what we call the Super Suit, the ATOM suit that is really at the cutting edge of technology, both in the real world and on the show. He's also going to have to discover that a super suit does not a hero make. Part of the thing that we're always trying to be true to is putting on a costume is the easy part. It's being the hero that's the really difficult part and one does not mean you've accomplished the other."
Routh will also appear in the next crossover episode of The Flash, called "All-Star Team-Up," in which Ray Palmer and Felicity Smoak travel to Central City. Routh said of his appearance on The Flash: "I've thought about that, because I'm a 'Flash' fan for sure - it's a fun show and the energy of that show jives more with Ray's energy, so I think he'll definitely be a kid in a candy store over there, checking out all of their cool equipment and everything they have going on."
The Atom costume will make its debut in the fifteenth episode of Arrow, entitled "Nanda Parbat," which will air on February 25.