Brandon Routh appeared on multiple television series throughout the early 2000s including Gilmore Girls. In 2006, he gained greater recognition for his role as the titular superhero in the film Superman Returns. He also had a recurring role in the TV series Chuck, as Daniel Shaw. Following this, he had notable supporting roles in the films Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. In 2014, he began a recurring role on Arrow as Ray Palmer/Atom which spun off into a guest role on The Flash and a starring role on Legends of Tomorrow.