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Brandon Routh Cast as The Atom on 'Arrow'

July 8, 2014 (3:56 am) GMT
The 'Superman Returns' star will play scientist/inventor Ray Palmer on the third season of the series which will premiere on October 8 on The CW.
Brandon Routh

is set to play a main recurring role on "" which will make a return for the third season later this year. The actor, who played Clark Kent/Superman in Bryan Singer's "", will join other cast members as Ray Palmer or The Atom.

Palmer 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. In the comics, the DC superhero is able to alter his body into varying size including subatomic size. According to Deadline, the deal is for 14 episodes and that Palmer will be Felicity's love interest.

Following the announcement, Routh expressed his excitement by sharing articles about the news to his Twitter followers. In response to ' welcoming tweet, the actor whose credits include "" and "" among others wrote, "Thank you! Excited to join the team! #Arrow #TheAtom."

Earlier this month, model/actress was announced to play sword-wielding Tatsu Yamashiro or Katana. The character was described as a Japanese martial arts expert who is the wife of Oliver's Hong Kong-based teacher Toshi. "Arrow" is set to return on October 8 on The CW.

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