Fans of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” should prepare to say goodbye as two cast members ready their exits from the CW superhero series.
According to Deadline, Brandon Routh (who plays Ray Palmer/Atom) and Courtney Ford (Nora Darhk) have confirmed they will no longer be series regulars in the show’s upcoming fifth season.
“Brandon and Courtney have been invaluable members of the ‘Legends’ family. They have always brought a level of 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,” series executive producers Phil Klemmer, Grianne Godfree, and Keto Shimizu said in a statement to Deadline.
“As one of the founding ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, Brandon is extremely beloved by the fans and everyone on the show.”
Deadline reports that the actors’ exits are due to “a creative decision to wrap up their storyline,” although the door is being left open for both to return as guest stars on a recurring basis.
“Of course, when we have had main characters in the past whose journeys take them away from the Waverider, it’s never truly goodbye,” the statement continued. “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.”
Routh and Ford are expected to film their final episode in October but it’s not yet clear when in the season their swan song episode will air (the new season is slated to kick off in January).
“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 five years, but unfortunately, his storyline is pointed in another direction,” Routh said in a statement to Deadline. ” I’m saddened to see Ray’s journey end for now but wish my ‘Legends’ family well.”
Added Ford: “Nora Darhk is very close to my heart. 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’.”
This won’t be the last that fans of the network’s DC superhero shows will see of Routh, however; Deadline notes that he’ll also be appearing in the upcoming Arrowverse crossover — but not as Atom; instead, he’ll be reprising the role of Superman, which he played in the 2006 feature “Superman Returns”.