Arrow Executive Producer Talks Atom Spinoff Show

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As the breakout character on Arrow’s current season, Ray Palmer and his heroic alter ego, The Atom, seem primed for another spinoff in DC Comics’ CW television universe.

While audiences are ready for a Ray Palmer solo series now, the CW is still deliberating on what to do with character outside of Starling City. Fortunately, Nerdist was able to catch up with Arrow Executive Marc Guggenheim for an update on where the Atom’s future rests.

And it doesn’t seem that an Atom series is coming to the CW anytime immediately. Fans of Brandon Routh’s character shouldn’t lose hope however, as Guggenheim said that he and his fellow producers are starting to consider the possibility. With Routh bringing so much energy to the Ray Palmer character, he revealed, the show’s creator are now interested to see where a show could go.

Here’s what he had to say about Routh and Ray:

“Ray really brings that and brings that energy and he’s so much fun to write. He’s a joy to write," he said. "Brandon’s so terrific and embodies the role so well that when we talk about how to further expand things, he’s a natural person to talk about."

And when directly asked just how “preliminary” Guggenheim’s discussions on The Atom have been, he said that “We’ve talked in the most preliminary of ways about doing something with Brandon beyond Arrow.”

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At this point, it seems unlikely that Routh would get his own show in time for the fall 2015 season. That shouldn’t come as a death sentence, however. As Guggenheim notes, Routh wasn’t introduced to Arrow with the explicit purpose of spawning a spinoff, like Barry Allen was last year. Ray’s progression into a leading man is more natural one, and will require more time.

Ray Palmer returns to Arrow when the series’ midseason premiere airs on January 20th.