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The CW considering Arrow spin-off series featuring Brandon Routh as The Atom

01.12.2015

During the recent announcement that THE FLASH would be returning for a second season and ARROW would be coming back for a fourth, The CW revealed that they are in the preliminary stages of developing another DC Comics series based on the character of Ray Palmer, also know as The Atom. The character was introduced this season in a recurring capacity and is played by former Superman, Brandon Routh.

This should come as no surprise as ARROW continues to be looked at as the benchmark for superhero television series and the debut season of THE FLASH has already delivered some of the best ratings that The CW has had to date. Both shows have already crossed over a few times this year. ARROW creator Greg Berlanti could not go into more details but did acknowledge it was being looked at as a potential series.

The Atom character shares a lot of similarities to Marvel's ANT-MAN which could explain why the studio is considering the series. The character is able to shrink himself (and objects around him). The ARROW character just recently explained his motivation for developing Queen Consolidated's A.T.O.M. (Advanced Technology Operating Mechanism) exo-suit as a way to protect Starling City since his fiancee was killed during the season two rampage by Deathstroke's army.

Brandon Routh got a lot of crap for his role in Bryan Singer's SUPERMAN RETURNS, but the guy has been good in his limited role on ARROW. I can easily see him carrying his own show. This would also give The CW a three way potential cross-over event each season, something rarely if ever achieved on network television. Hopefully this works out and maybe we will see a small screen Justice League in the not too distant future.

ARROW returns with new episodes on January 21st.

Source: Deadline

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6:24AM on 01/13/2015
His character has been great on the show, no doubt about it...but I'd be content with him being on this...and perhaps Flash...rather than branching it out and going it alone with his own series (more the fear of the people behind these shows spreading themselves too thin and the quality dipping). Also, yet another Felicity love interest running off...how is the poor girl going to cope with it all?
His character has been great on the show, no doubt about it...but I'd be content with him being on this...and perhaps Flash...rather than branching it out and going it alone with his own series (more the fear of the people behind these shows spreading themselves too thin and the quality dipping). Also, yet another Felicity love interest running off...how is the poor girl going to cope with it all?
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11:16PM on 01/12/2015
I'm loving his Ray Palmer so far. There's a charm and earnestness without being smarmy and it is a fun approach. While I don't think it's strictly necessary, it could work. I do agree with Des1 on the point of the visual effects budget needing to be considerably higher than Arrow or even Flash, given Atom's super powers. The Teen Titans series and Supergirl seem more interesting to me at this point than an Atom-centric show (though I would be chuffed to see a live-action Ryan Choi.) I am
I'm loving his Ray Palmer so far. There's a charm and earnestness without being smarmy and it is a fun approach. While I don't think it's strictly necessary, it could work. I do agree with Des1 on the point of the visual effects budget needing to be considerably higher than Arrow or even Flash, given Atom's super powers. The Teen Titans series and Supergirl seem more interesting to me at this point than an Atom-centric show (though I would be chuffed to see a live-action Ryan Choi.) I am looking forward to the Vixen animated spin-off which will exist in the same continuity as Arrow and Flash.
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8:32PM on 01/12/2015

Side character....

Seriously, who would be their audience? The budgets for these series are notoriously small, and his entire power is CGI. So how will they do that every week?

There are much better characters to push to the small screen (assuming there is an audience to support more than four comic-book series at the same time). Routh is good, just keep him as a side character.
Seriously, who would be their audience? The budgets for these series are notoriously small, and his entire power is CGI. So how will they do that every week?

There are much better characters to push to the small screen (assuming there is an audience to support more than four comic-book series at the same time). Routh is good, just keep him as a side character.
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7:12PM on 01/12/2015
I love Brandon Routh as The Atom. He takes on the role with great charisma. However, I'm not certain if The Atom can handle the show alone (as a solo superhero in the series).
I love Brandon Routh as The Atom. He takes on the role with great charisma. However, I'm not certain if The Atom can handle the show alone (as a solo superhero in the series).
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6:55PM on 01/12/2015
Agree with Mr. Moe, this is awesome news!!! I was hoping they'd go this way, Routh is just so damn likeable and charismatic on the show.

I also agree with him about Gotham.....I hate it too. They just strayed way way way too far from the source material for me now. That was the same thing I hated about Smallville. Though Robin Lord Taylor is fantastic, it's just not enough to keep me tuning in.
Agree with Mr. Moe, this is awesome news!!! I was hoping they'd go this way, Routh is just so damn likeable and charismatic on the show.

I also agree with him about Gotham.....I hate it too. They just strayed way way way too far from the source material for me now. That was the same thing I hated about Smallville. Though Robin Lord Taylor is fantastic, it's just not enough to keep me tuning in.
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4:25PM on 01/12/2015
Hell yes. Routh is awesome in Arrow, and I was hoping he got a spin off. DC is killing it on TV (except for Gotham, that's just terrible).
Hell yes. Routh is awesome in Arrow, and I was hoping he got a spin off. DC is killing it on TV (except for Gotham, that's just terrible).
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4:05PM on 01/12/2015
Of all the possible spin-offs or new shared universe characters they could introduce, this idea has me the least interested. Second to least if they ever talk about giving Cassidy her own Canary show.
Of all the possible spin-offs or new shared universe characters they could introduce, this idea has me the least interested. Second to least if they ever talk about giving Cassidy her own Canary show.
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3:54PM on 01/12/2015
Well, that's a big step down from Superman.
Well, that's a big step down from Superman.
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3:36PM on 01/12/2015
Good idea, however Im not sure how they are going to make stories about a shrinking superhero on a TV Budget.
Good idea, however Im not sure how they are going to make stories about a shrinking superhero on a TV Budget.
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3:36PM on 01/12/2015

Sure

Why not.
Why not.
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3:33PM on 01/12/2015
All for this. He has been a great addition to the series and easily steals every scene that he is in.
All for this. He has been a great addition to the series and easily steals every scene that he is in.
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3:24PM on 01/12/2015
This could definitely work as a TV series. And Brandon Routh needs to a starring vehicle. Sure Superman Returns was garbage, but he's a decent actor and could very well handle the lead in a TV series (of any category mind you, not necessarily sci-fi/superheroes). I think ATOM would work well in the DC universe CW has created.

That being said, I wonder how far CW is going to go with these spin-offs? The idea of introducing smaller known characters from DC Comics on ARROW and FLASH has
This could definitely work as a TV series. And Brandon Routh needs to a starring vehicle. Sure Superman Returns was garbage, but he's a decent actor and could very well handle the lead in a TV series (of any category mind you, not necessarily sci-fi/superheroes). I think ATOM would work well in the DC universe CW has created.

That being said, I wonder how far CW is going to go with these spin-offs? The idea of introducing smaller known characters from DC Comics on ARROW and FLASH has been pretty cool. Adds a nice layered dynamic to the overall universe they've created. But when will it be too much? In another year we'll have ARROW, FLASH, and ATOM on TV. I presume FIRESTORM will eventually be spunoff from Flash. Then does CW just continue spinning characters off from their spin-offs? At a certain point, I think it's better to introduce some of these heroes as either guest roles or reoccurring characters in this universe. There is such a thing as over-exposure.
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3:11PM on 01/12/2015

Good for Brandon Routh

I liked his performance as Superman (okay, he channeled Christopher Reeve, but he did it well) and he was great in SCOTT PILGRIM. I'm glad to see he's getting back on track, and I hope ATOM is a good series.
I liked his performance as Superman (okay, he channeled Christopher Reeve, but he did it well) and he was great in SCOTT PILGRIM. I'm glad to see he's getting back on track, and I hope ATOM is a good series.
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