project was fueled by what happened with Anna, his dead fiance, but now he wants to use it to protect people he cares about--like Felicity. I've always liked a lot of the scenes in the first season with Leonard and Mick. Ray suggests that he, Barry, Iris West, Eddie Thawne, and Felicity all go to dinner, although it doesn't turn out well. How much improvisation is there on the show? He then sells it to the military and begins work on the robotics industry. We’re definitely not rewriting scenes. What have been some of your favorite ones? Spoiler: What Happened To Ray In The Arrow Cliffhanger? I’ve also been a father for the past 7 years, and five of those years has been the character. Originally a physics professor working at Ivy University, he develops equipment to shrink himself to subatomic levels using white dwarf star material. He tells Felicity to never try to say what Anna would have wanted him to do. Following studies in theology, he was ordained in … By Season Two, after losing his A.T.O.M. I wasn't ready to be done exploring him. His wife is Jean Loring, and he … I’ve grown just having that experience and having a son. After five years, Routh's journey as Ray Palmer comes to an end in this Tuesday's episode, "Romeo v. Juliet: Dawn of Justness." Entertainment Weekly is a registered trademark of Meredith Corporation All Rights Reserved. Not as fine as Ray Palmer's stunning physique, but you get it. Here are all 70 puppies competing in Puppy Bowl XVII, The best books to keep you warm this January. Ray Palmer grew up in Ivy Town, Connecticut where he studied physics at Ivy University, under renowned scientists such as Alpheus P. Hyatt. He's able to fly into the van that Cisco and Caitlin Snow are driving. There are just little bits of jokes and pieces here and there that tend to pop in as we’re playing and investigating a scene during rehearsal time, and sometimes even on the day. Ray becomes obsessed with finishing his Atom suit, even though it effectively causes him to disappear for a week. Because of this new development, Ray has a meeting with Laurel, Quentin Lance, and the mayor, to tell them that he's made a mistake. After five years, Routh's journey as Ray Palmer comes to an end in this Tuesday's episode, "Romeo v. Juliet: Dawn of Justness." "I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to bring the big-hearted and humorous Ray Palmer to life for our fans over the last 5 years, but unfortunately, his storyline is pointed in another direction. Fair enough! Some of that's due to just life experience and much of it has to do with the show. An Arrowverse standout himself, portraying Ray Palmer (a.k.a. It's all there on the page. However, the mayor is subsequently shot in front of them with an arrow. When they get back to work, Ray kisses Felicity. Later on, Ray stages a meeting, and when Roy Harper also shows up, Ray knocks him out. Raylicity is the het ship between Ray and Felicity from the Arrow fandom. That being said, there was one thing that helped soften the blow of his unexpected departure: suiting up as Superman once again in the Arrowverse’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover. She's also helped him understand through great tragedy can a very powerful, passionate person also, who has a different way to truth but sees the world in a different way than Ray that's very enlightening to him. Felicity tries to get him to take a break but he refuses. The night would end as it always does; with Ray leaving the party early and taking a stroll through town as the moon hangs above. My ability to do that and improv on the show, and the freedom that they've given me to do that — whether it ends up on the episode is one thing, or just on the cutting room floor — but that opportunity, has been great for me. Think of this as, see you later, Ray Palmer. Looking beyond season 1, what’s been the most memorable day on set? Brandon plays Ray Palmer/The Atom on Legends of Tomorrow, following his introduction to the Arrowverse in Arrow, while Courtney plays Nora Darhk, who was made a series regular in season 4. Ray and Felicity head to Central City to get some help making the Atom suit stay in the air longer. When that doesn’t come from the top down [the showrunners], it has an effect on you and so it made what could’ve been a happy, positive exit, the opposite.". That’s what makes the experience so exciting because you have to continue listening to the [other] actors and stay alive in the scene. They both come up with the idea of using Ray's nanotech to get the vaccine airborne, and Ray works on that while Felicity deals with other issues. Ray seems disappointed when Felicity says she can't help him because she doesn't want to lose someone else, but also understands her reasoning. In spit… You know, Ray’s feeling so bad about Nate thinking Nora killed his dad, which isn’t the truth but he’s just kind of consumed by it and for his friends, he just automatically does what Sara Lance does. Do you think the past 5 years has also helped you grow as an actor? In the hour, Ray embarks on his last mission with the team — a wild adventure with William Shakespeare — before he and his wife Nora Darhk (Courtney Ford, who is also departing the show) leave the Waverider. Ray is impressed by Cisco's ideas, and he's also looked up to Harrison Wells. Because they would give Ray a few jokes because that’s what he did on Arrow. [That] was in this odd pairing that seemed to not make sense but could make sense. Brandon Routh is still struggling with his departure from The CW's Legends of Tomorrow. My favorite episode was the Camelot episode [in season 2] and being able to sword fight Damien Darhk, which was a lot of fun. Lastly, obviously Nora has been a very good pairing. Credit: He then focuses on Oliver, but has his suit disabled. He calls them heroes and says that he no longer wants to be one. Ray had a lonely childhood, though he got through it by immersing himself in Arthurian lore, fancying himself as \"Sir Galahad\" and naming his personal playground in the woods after the legendary Camelot. As Ray was no longer needing to be the CEO, the leader of the ship, he was got to relax a little bit, so his nerdy side came out and his humorous side, because he didn’t have to be the one in charge. As we've gone further in seasons, Mick and I haven't had as much to do — just kind of short, little quips. suit and forcing Nate to blow it up, Ray naturally feels like this. She apologizes and he understands when she tells him that she just lost a friend. I’ve definitely become a more skilled comedic actor. I told Nick, “I’m gonna try this and see if it works.” And it did. After graduation, he taught at women’s schools in New York and New Haven. He was inspired to become an engineer and inventor after watching Star Wars as a child. That day was fun and full of some of those moments that happens when you’re working with other actors, like working with the young Ray Palmer and the other artists who are dancing and singing. Last September, EW had a longer conversation with Routh about his time in the Arrowverse as Ray Palmer for Entertainment Weekly’s Ultimate Guide to the Arrowverse, which you can read below. In Corto Maltese, Ray checks out blueprints on the computer in his office that are related to building specialized weaponry. While amongst a meeting at city hall with city officials, Ray and Felicity alongside others are attacked. He wishes to leave the city, and be with Felicity. He then sells it to the military and begins work on the robotics industry. What was it like having to play a tweaked version of this character on Legends? This convinces her to help him with the issue he's having, and she comes up with what he needs. Barry Allen shows up to let them all out. While Ray's sendoff does a nice job of teeing up where he is headed in the spinoff, it was always something we were going to do." News Spoilers May 15, 2015. When everyone sees a news story saying that the Arrow has returned to killing, Ray goes to a press conference about it and promises to use his resources to capture the vigilante. "And when you’re not made a partner, when you give that much time to relationship, it hurts. As the season progressed, the jokes became bigger and I became more comfortable, and I became a little bit broader as we explored what the show could be and how much it could hold. He began dating law student Jean Loring, eventually becoming exclusive. And that’s kind of the over-arching theme for Ray throughout all of his seasons — him learning to have a balance between light and dark, between good and bad, and breaking the rules and following the rules. Ray and the others are taken prisoner and sealed in a cell after being exposed to the virus. Ray tries to talk to Felicity about their kiss but she blows him off, assuming he's going to say he regrets it. Raymond Palmer was born to David and Sandy Palmer in 1981 in Ivy Town and had a twin brother, Sydney. Even with some distance from the series, Routh is still working through his feelings about his departure, which became apparent during a recent appearance on Michael Rosenbaum’s Inside of You podcast where he said his exit “was not well-handled.” When EW spoke to Routh last Thursday, he clarified what he meant by that, explaining that it came down to a communication issue. We have so much fun improvising and adding to scenes and creating the bromance that was on the page but, you know, stepping up a notch wherever we see there's opportunity for that. Routh, who plays Ray Palmer/Atom, will be jumping off the Waverider with Courtney Ford, who plays Nora Darhk, as series regulars. Once they get back to Palmer Technologies, Merlyn tries to dole out orders while the others stare at him. Read more. That was a lot of fun as we’re trying to sneak into the house and hiding behind a bush. He's obviously impressed when she's able to woo the man he's trying to get business from by saying how good of a person Ray is. Entertainment Weekly may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Speaking to TVLine, Mericle talked about the return of Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh). Born in Little Compton, R.I., Ray Palmer (1808-1887) grew up in the Boston area and attended Phillips Academy and Yale University. I had always had some nice scenes in every episode I was in, but it wasn’t always a lot of work. They all slowly fall unconscious. One of the things he proposes is to rename Starling City to Star City, which is the real name from the comics. Upon waking up, everyone but Merlyn is confused about why they're still alive. I’m grateful to the fans who also responded in kind. Ray Palmer is a scientist, superhero and longtime Justice League member who devised a means of miniaturization through dwarf star matter technology. He's a charming, charismatic, highly intelligent billionaire businessman/scientist who buys Queen Consolidated after a convincing speech to the board of directors. Palmer turns the company into Palmer Technologies and promises to put his wealth and ideas into rebuilding Starling, which he rebrands Star City. Ray is immediately taken with Felicity Smoak and gives her a job at the company, actually naming her as the Vice President and giving her an office and assistant of her own. Obviously, Nate and Ray, is a likely pairing, so that's been fun. Ray goes to Nanda Parbat with only the knowledge of Felicity, as a "backup" plan to disable the plane carrying the Alpha Omega virus. It was partially their response to the first reveal of the suit, that they were excited to see it, was validation. I honestly don’t know what would’ve happened to season 5 of Legends of Tomorrow if that hadn’t been offered," said Routh. render and talks about wanting to help protect Starling City. Ray is forced to lead the bees into water, which messes up his suit. Ray goes to the police and tries to tell Laurel Lance about it, but soon figures out that she's also working with Oliver. © Copyright 2021 Meredith Corporation. this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. “It was an amazing experience and honestly without [crossover executive producer] Marc Guggenheim approaching me to do that — You know Marc was crucial in bringing me into the Arrowverse in the first place — for him to give me this gift and this opportunity, it made all the difference. He is able to do so, but Ra's reveals it was a setup to reveal a traitor, and the plane didn't have anything on it. The opportunity to be on Legends meant his storyline would come to the forefront a little more and would have more focus, so I was excited about that. Ray is immediately taken with Felicity Smoak and gives her a job at the company, actually naming her as the Vice President and giving her an office and assistant of her own. It didn't hurt matters at all that Nora got together with Ray Palmer, and since their actors, Courtney Ford and Brandon Routh are married in real life as … He's able to finish the suit, and he takes it out for a spin, flying around the area. Ray comments to Felicity that this is why he needs a suit. Ray is hurt by this, and feels betrayed, saying he's been completely honest with her. Jack Rowand /The CW. End of the season, we learn the Time Masters have been using the Oculus to manipulate things and it's not even really Ray's fault. New to the Season 3 photo gallery below, you’ve got the first pics of Ray Palmer (played by Superman Returns‘ Brandon Routh). Eventually he reveals to Felicity his ulterior motive to perfect his Atom Suit in order to act as a superhero vigilante, protecting the city and honoring his late fiancée, Anna Loring, who died at the hands of the Mirakuru murderers. When Routh read the script for the first time, he felt “a mix of emotions, as [with] everything that has happened this last season,” he told EW in an interview last week. When she asks him why he bought Queen Consolidated, Ray shows her his A.T.O.M. Being able to find that balance has been a big part of that. While in Starling City, both were caught in the crossfire of Slade Wilson 's citywide attack on Oliver Queen. Ray comes up with a vaccine, but they have to be able to find the virus first. [Laughs.] Ray Palmer has already proved to be an interesting character this season on Arrow, and judging by the path the writers seem to be setting up for him, … When the virus begins spreading, they realize it needs to be modified. "I’m eternally grateful to everyone who allowed that to happen because truly, personally, even before I filmed the first day, the whole process of the suit fitting and the photoshoot and knowing it was happening and the training, the wound that I had from how my first turn as Superman ended was healed and pretty magical. Ray is a billionaire inventor who puts in a competing bid on taking over Queen Consolidated and wins over the board, ousting Oliver Queen. Dean Buscher/The CW, Credit: I know the showrunners view the Waverider as this place for people to come, find themselves, and grow and evolve. When Felicity comes to him distraught and asking to borrow his jet, Ray tells her that he's realized she's in love with Oliver. I’m very similar to Ray in many ways, so his journey is my journey and vice-versa in many ways. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think back to season 1? Ray and Sydney often fought … Ray accompanies Felicity to the wedding of John Diggle and Lyla Michaels, and when they're minister doesn't show up, Ray actually performs the ceremony due to being ordained. Even though it hurts him, he accepts it, and loans her the jet. The study group will consist of two different parties, people who volunteered to help those who need help with their work, (Ray Palmer, Kendra Saunders, and Jefferson Jackson) and those who desperately need help with their work, (Leonard Snart, Mick Rory, Sara Lance, and Carter Hall). She was Strange's girlfriend until they broke up due to his egotistic personality, but still remained friends. We’re in Hollywood and it’s the Wild West and everyone makes all those comments about it being a rough place, and that’s the truth. Later on, after the threat is contained, Oliver thanks all of them for helping save the city. Ray has Felicity sign some papers, but because she's preoccupied, she doesn't realize that it's change of ownership documents. I don’t think that was Ray’s takeaway in the moment, but it was my takeaway as an actor seeing what the journey could be and kind of understanding where there was potential for growth for him and how he could bond with these characters and they could be an unlikely team. I think Mick in the prison and that whole exchange when Mick was getting tortured in the prison cell is some really cool stuff. He thinks that Oliver has killed before, so even if he's not necessarily the one doing it now, there's no reason to trust that. It is only after speaking with Mick that he gains Captain Cold's Freeze Gun. technology as his own. [He has learned] there's more than one way to be a hero. Ray visits Felicity at her apartment and ends up giving her mother his smartwatch. 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