Brandon Routh didn’t think returning as Ray Palmer, aka Atom, would happen The Lightning, let alone as a prelude to a five-part “Armageddon” crossover event. Track on the left DC’s Legends of Tomorrow after five seasons in 2020, mostly for creative reasons, to complete his character’s storyline. When the call came this summer that The Lightning Routh was keen to welcome him back to the herd.
“It was really an opportunity to tell more of Ray’s story and what he was up to. So I was very excited and very honored that they would think of me to open it up and be a part of it. I was also excited about the chance to get back into the suit a bit and get Ray back on screen, “Routh told ET on Monday. The 42-year-old actor described Tuesday’s episode as” a great start for ‘ Armageddon'”.
“To set up Despero and to put the stakes very high for Barry and what he has to do. And it’s just the beginning as Team Flash is figuring out how to deal with Despero, ”he previewed. “It gives you a lot of great comedies, but it also lets you know that Despero is real, is a real deal, and that Barry will have to hone any or many skills in order to defeat Despero in the end. “
Before the new season of The Lightning, Routh discusses his return as Ray, what he’s been up to all along, and, with the Christmas TV season in full swing, a quick reflection on the classic Hallmark Channel movie. The nine lives of Christmas (and the upcoming sequel!).
ET: What brought you back to this world?
Brandon Routh: In June we got a call from my representative saying that I was interested in starring in the first episode of season 8 [of] The Lightning. And I didn’t exactly know the Armageddon component, but then I got on the phone, had a really nice zoom call with Eric Wallace, the showrunner of flash, told me all about the epic event and how they wanted to bring Ray in and find out what Ray and Nora were up to … and that it wasn’t just a quick hit of “Hey, Ray was here” for a second. “In the episode it’s mostly about Ray and being immersed in his story. It really was an opportunity to tell more of Ray’s story and what he was up to, so I was very excited and then I was very honored that they would think of me for it to start and be a part of it, I also enjoyed the opportunity to step back into the suit and bring Ray back to the screen.
Were you at all surprised that the opportunity arose to play Ray Palmer again?
I was definitely surprised that it was flash that called first and had it as big as it was. To get presented. [It] is really a nice showcase episode for Ray, which is why I got honored by Eric and the writing team and the rest of the producers over there for thinking of myself and Ray like this. I thought if Ray ever came back it would be on Legends At some point it should be like that flash was very surprising and very exciting.
When Ray left the Waverider, he got married and decided to start a new life. We’ll find out what he’s been up to since then, but what might surprise people about what Ray is up to when he’s reintroduced The Lightning?
I don’t know if it will surprise you that much, but having played Ray for the past six, seven years, he’s been on this constant journey of, “What is it to be a hero? Can I do enough? As a hero or as a scientist or as a human on earth to improve species and help society? ” He kind of goes back and says, “Well, I’m going to be a hero and I’m a hero because of the suit, or I’m a hero without the suit, or I can do both.” I think this is another cycle for him that, after exiting the Waverider, reinvigorated his scientific background. He immersed himself in science and learning and research and no longer participated as much in being the atom. Comes in this episode of flash, for him it is a kind of awakening and re-imagining of what he believes to be a balanced life. He thinks he has rebalanced his life, but is it for the better or is he still a little off?
How is this crossover event different from others you’ve attended in Arrowverse?
This was on a smaller scale in terms of cast in each episode, but still had a large scope and epic that fans will really love in this five-part crossover. And the cool thing about it is each of the five special guest stars. And then there are a few other guest stars, but they just aren’t the main part of the episode. The five great guest stars who come, the episodes are really about them. My episode is really about Ray Palmer and then the episode is about Black Lightning [him] and Mia Smoak. They’re a bigger part of each episode compared to 10 superheroes who have a little storyline mixed in with all of the bigger storyline. It’s showcase episodes for the guest stars, which is really fun and exciting for me because I always wanted to do more with Grant and we have some fun scenes. We didn’t always get many scenes together that consisted of more than two words and two lines.
Was there a moment on set where you thought, “This is really cool that I’m doing this again.” Did you have a little pub moment?
Yes, there is a scene, at least when reading and then also performing it was fun, in which Ray just appears out of the blue in front of Iris and Barry and interrupts their day and that’s fun because it hits everything from the funny Ray – Pieces where he’s very excited and lovable, but sometimes a little socially incapable of understanding that he’s too much or too loud. Or he does not always follow social norms or pay attention to what he is doing because he is too caught up in the excitement of the moment. Those are always funny moments that I can describe. And then there’s that stuff when Barry and Ray go up against Despero, where we have those buddy-buddy moments. The combination of humor with exciting action and drama is really fun. Releasing tension with these comedic moments is one of my favorite things to do. So there are a couple of moments.
Were you able to work with Cress Williams or Javicia Leslie or any of the other guest stars on your episode?
Just The Lightning Cast for me in my episodes. There are some surprises in future episodes of Armageddon where funny things happen and I wish I were there. I had a great time with Candice and Grant and Brandon too [McKnight]playing Chester. We had a lot of fun scenes together, Ray and Chester bonding moments. It was the first time they met.
This leaves open the possibility of coming back at some point, but makes it a bit more tangible for you to be back in the whole line Legends World?
I don’t know if that makes it more tangible to be in the Legends World or not. It makes it more tangible to be there The Lightning World, that’s for sure. Because if anything, Ray’s appearance on flash opens that door again, that possibility for Ray to do more and be more concerned with what’s going on in the world than just doing science in the lab.
Since it’s the Christmas movie season, I have to ask about hallmarks The nine lives of Christmas, that’s a classic. Do people often text or talk to you about this particular movie on social media?
I hear about this movie all year round because it runs year round. And at conventions … I have a picture of myself with Ambrose the cat and I find DVDs and soon it could beat the top three things people ask me about or talk about and that’s great. It’s a lovely family movie that everyone can enjoy. It’s luck. And we just did a sequel when I was here in Vancouver, and it’s coming out on Thanksgiving. The nine kittens from Christmas. So we’re back, hopefully with as much, if not more, fun in this sequel.
The Lightning starts its five-part “Armageddon” event on The CW on Tuesday. Please see below for more information.
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