Actor Brandon Routh is set to head back into the world of superheroes with a new role in hit U.S. Tv series Arrow.

The Superman Returns star will play scientist Ray Palmer, aka The Atom, in a reported 14 episodes and serve as a love interest for Emily Bett Rickards' character Felicity Smoak.

The third season of Arrow, which is based on the DC Comics crime-fighting character Green Arrow, will premiere in the U.S. in October (14).