‘Superman Returns’ Star Brandon Routh Joins Cast of CW’s ‘Arrow’

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He will play a mysterious scientist and busines man named Ray Palmer, aka superhero The Atom, in season three

“Superman Returns” star Brandon Routh has been tapped to play yet another superhero — The Atom — in the third season of “Arrow,” TheWrap has confirmed.

He joins the hit CW show as recurring character Ray Palmer: a scientist and inventor who becomes the new owner of Queen Consolidated and a new force in the lives Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards).

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In the DC Comics universe, Palmer is the alter-ego of The Atom, a superhero who changes his size at will, so it should be interesting to see how small Routh might actually get in his return to the small screen.

Though the 34-year-old actor is best known for starring in the 2006 Bryan Singer-directed blockbuster “Superman Returns,” he has also found TV success before on “Chuck.”

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Routh isn’t the only new addition to the third season of “Arrow,” either. As TheWrap previously reported, Devon Aoki is set to play a sword-wielding hero from DC comics named Katana.

“Arrow” returns to the CW on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 8 pm ET.