'Arrow' Producer Sheds Light on Brandon Routh's Palmer

Friday, July 18, 2014 by Iris with
TV Guide recently sat down with Andrew Kreisberg, one of the executive producers of "Arrow," to discuss the upcoming third season airing October 8 on The CW and the directions of the characters like new love interests (Routh's "Ray Palmer" as a foil to Stephen Amell's "Oliver Queen"), villains, returning character(s) and much more.

How much of a foil will Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), Felicity's new rumored love interest and head of Queen Consolidated, be to Oliver?

Kreisberg: A big foil. It's Season 3, and Season 3 is typically when you add that game-changing character like Buffy did in adding Faith or Everwood did with adding Scott Wolf. First of all, getting Brandon — he couldn't be nicer, he couldn't be sweeter. It's just such a different energy that he's bringing to the show. A lot of what's funny about Felicity and Oliver is that he's so straight and she's the funny one. With Brandon, you get somebody who's as tall, square-jawed and handsome as he is [and] he's a really funny comedian. He and Felicity can have that verbal repartee that we haven't typically had on the show. As much as the show is getting darker, it's gotten a lot funnier. It's just such a different energy. He and Felicity are really cute together.
Read the full interview at TV Guide.

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