Legends of Tomorrow star Brandon Routh feels that his exit from the Arrowverse series was not handled well.
Last year, fans learned that Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford would be leaving Legends of Tomorrow at some point during the show’s fifth season. More recently, Brandon Routh confirmed that it was not his decision to leave the series and Legends of Tomorrow producers have indicated that they are writing out his character, Ray Palmer, for creative reasons.
During an interview on Michael Rosenbaum’s Inside of You podcast, Brandon Routh and the former Smallville star discussed a wide range of topics, including his final days on the set of Legends of Tomorrow. Aas Brandon Routh explained, being written out of the series meant he was essentially saying goodbye to his family of five years and filming his final scenes as Ray Palmer was “very traumatic” for him:
“You don’t know what the end product is going to be. And I had to go into this — you’re also talking about loss, so we’re going back to that — loss of my family for the last five years, and the character that I played for six years. As you may or may not know, I filmed my last episodes in the Arrowverse and as Ray Palmer, and that was a very traumatic event for me. It was not something I was expecting, it was shocking.”
While Brandon Routh was informed of his pending exit before production on the fifth season of Legends of Tomorrow started, the actor admitted that he feels the situation was “not well handled.”
“It was before we started production, but it was not well handled, and so that has been something my wife and I are both still working through. It’s been a huge transition time for us these last 8, 9, 10 months. So going, how was I going to find the joy in that, knowing this thing was looming. But I worked to just be with the crew that had become my family and my cast that had become my family and experience that, and just be there in the interactions with the people.”
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Legends of Tomorrow continues next week with the episode titled “Mr. Parker’s Cul-De-Sac” and you can read the official synopsis below:
FAMILY AFFAIR – Ray (Brandon Routh) plans a date night for him and Nora (Courtney Ford), but all goes awry when an Encore shows up making the team think on their feet and create a lie to keep the Encore at bay. While trying to fool the Encore, Ava (Jes Macallan) learns what Sara (Caity Lotz) was really doing while she was away and confronts her. Charlie (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) and Constantine (Matt Ryan) make a deal to work together, which will benefit both of them. Meanwhile, Rory (Dominic Purcell) is upset when he gets negative comments about his book, so Zari (Tala Ashe) helps track down who the critic is, and Rory gets more than he bargained for. Nick Zano and Olivia Swann also star. Ben Bray directed the episode written by Keto Shimizu & James Eagan (#506).
Legends of Tomorrow stars Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer / Atom, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance / White Canary, Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Charlie, Tala Ashe as Zari Tomaz, Jes Macallan as Ava Sharpe, Courtney Ford as Nora Darhk, Olivia Swann as Astra Logue, Amy Louise Pemberton as Gideon, Nick Zano as Nate Heywood / Steel, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory / Heat Wave, and Matt Ryan as John Constantine.
Legends of Tomorrow airs on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. on The CW.