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Arrow enlists Brandon Routh to play The Atom

Move over, Oliver, there’s a new superhero coming to Starling City. Brandon Routh has been tapped to play a recurring role as scientist and inventor Ray Palmer, aka The Atom, in Arrow Season 3.

According to Deadline, Routh’s Palmer will play an unexpected role in the lives of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) when he becomes the new owner of Queen Consolidated. As if that’s not complicated enough, the site also reported that Routh will appear in 14 episodes in Season 3 and that his character will also be a love interest for Felicity.

Hold the presses. He’ll be a what for Felicity?

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Did you hear that? That was the sound of millions of “Olicity” shippers crying out in pain. Many fans have been hoping that Oliver and Felicity would finally admit they are madly in love with each other, but it still hasn’t happened yet. Instead, the show seemed to have fun last season teasing fans into thinking it might happen, then snatching the possibility away again.

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In a moment that had fans crying out in joy and then screaming in dismay during the Season 2 finale, Oliver told Felicity that he loved her, but it turned out to be a trick meant to fool Slade. Later, the two admitted it was all an act, but was it? Either way, it looks like Oliver and Felicity are going to have yet another hurdle put in the way of their true love.

This role will be the second time that Routh will play a DC superhero. Routh also played Superman in the 2006 film, Superman Returns. So, at least one can say that Felicity has great taste.

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Will Oliver and Ray fight over Felicity’s heart or will Oliver once again decide that it’s safer for Felicity if they aren’t together? Fans will have to tune in to Arrow Season 3 to find out.

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