This fall, Brandon Routh is trading in his cape and ‘S’ shield for a business suit when he plays Ray Palmer on Arrow. So far, Palmer’s role on the TV series has been revealed business competitor to Oliver Queen, specifically with his sight set on Queen Consolidated, as a well as a romantic interest for Felicity Smoak, but screw business and romance! What fans really want to know is if he’ll follow in the tiny footsteps of his comic book counterpart. Fighting evil doers as DC’s tiniest superhero: The Atom! Well, it seems he just might, although it will be a slow burn.
In an interview with the DJ Tanner radio show, Routh said he’s seen concept art for Palmer’s Arrow costume, although he didn’t say whether it exists purely in the conceptual stages, or if it’s already been made.
It’s a totally different suit and I haven’t been in it yet, I’ve only seen drawings. It’s a very different character and I really can’t say too much about what the suit’s going to look like — just that it’s very different and I don’t believe it has a cape, which doesn’t really surprise anybody if you’ve seen The Atom in the comics.
As for when the suit will appear, Routh isn’t sure, although since season 3s first six episodes have already been filmed, don’t expect to see it anytime within the next month.
Does he mean very different compared to the other costumes on the show, or different from the comic book Atom costume? Arrow (as well as The Flash) has done a decent job of adapting costumes, although obviously they’re not pitch-perfect recreations. My guess is Palmer’s TV costume will still have the same red and blue color scheme, but be more of an Iron Man-type suit rather than loose material, maybe with a helmet instead of a mask. If Palmer will be rocking a costume in the show, then it’s a good that some point down the line, he may even shrink. In the comics, Atom’s abilities came from a white dwarf star remnant, which not only allowed him to shrink, but manipulate his mass as well. The remnant was attached to a belt, but for Arrow, I suspect it will take a whole suit to be able to harness the star’s power.
For the past two seasons, Arrow has kept things like on the superpower/sci-fi side front. The most notable examples have been Malcolm Merlyn’s earthquake machine and the Mirakuru, which gave enhanced strength and regeneration to the user, but also drove them insane. With The Flash set to feature metahumans good and bad alike, Arrow will likely start exploring more out-of-this-word elements, albeit at a slower pace than The Flash (Ha! Pun). It may not be until the end of season 3 that we see Palmer shrink, but with Arrow and The Flash making good special effects on a TV budget, it’s bound to look cool!
Now, what are the chances that there will be an episode where Palmer has shrink down and go into Oliver’s body to fight an artificial disease that’s about to kill him?