Fans of Ray Palmer, a.k.a. The Atom, and Nora Dahrk will be disappointed this January, as Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford make their exit from Legends of Tomorrow. The actors had this to say:
“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,” Routh said in a statement. ” I’m saddened to see Ray’s journey end for now but wish my Legends family well.”
“Nora Darhk is very close to my heart, Ford added. “If it were my choice, I’d play her for years to come. But I understand that stories run their course, and I’m grateful for the time I did have bringing Nora to life on Legends of Tomorrow.“
“Brandon and Courtney have been invaluable members of the Legends family,” series executive producers Phil Klemmer, Grianne Godfree and Keto Shimizu said in a statement. “They have always brought a level passion and collaboration to their characters and to the show – both on and off the screen – that we deeply admire and for which we are eternally grateful.”
Routh and Ford are married, and their characters have a relationship on-screen as well.
“Of course, when we have had main characters in the past whose journeys take them away from the Waverider, it’s never truly goodbye,” Klemmer, Godfree and Shimizu said. “We love these characters and hope to check in with them in future seasons, to see how life off the ship has transformed them for better or worse.”
Brandon Routh is still on track to reprise his role Superman in the Crisis On Infinite Earth crossover event.