A few weeks back a casting rumor hit that implied Arrow Season 3 would be seeing a rival Oliver Queen in terms of buisness and super powered prowess.
According to TVLine the initial casting request the character would be:
‘DANIEL’ | Though Daniel could be a fake name to throw off spoilerholics, this 20something gent — a major recurring character for Season 3 — is a handsome, enigmatic and highly intelligent entrepreneur developing groundbreaking technology. (Picture a business magnate in Ryan Gosling’s body.) Though exuding charm and confidence in public, he privately harbors a tragic past that will drive him to become a tech-powered superhero. Watch for this formidable fella to be a love interest for Felicity and a rival of Oliver’s – both personally and professionally.
Now according to TVLine we now know that actor Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Chuck) will be playing none other than scientist Ray Palmer Aka The Atom in the next season of Arrow.
An unparalleled scientist and inventor, Ray will play an unexpected role in the lives of Oliver and (rumored love interest) Felicity as the new owner of Queen Consolidated. Palmer’s plans for Queen Consolidated’s Applied Sciences Division will be shrouded in mystery.
According to the report, Routh will join the cast for a staggering 14 episodes, making his “guest appearance” more like a regualr cast member at that point, also implying that his stay will be very pivotal to the “present-day” Arrow Storyline.
Arrow Season 3 is set to debut this Oct on the CW.