Brandon Routh’s time on the Waverider has officially come to an end.
An original cast member of Legends of Tomorrow, the actor made his last appearance as Ray Palmer, aka The Atom, in last Tuesday’s episode of the CW series. And though it wasn’t his decision to leave the show, Routh took to Instagram to say a proper goodbye to everyone that made his Legends of Tomorrow journey truly special.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Routh wrote that he’s “eternally grateful to the CW, WB, DC and everyone personally involved” in bringing him into the Arrowverse. As fans can remember, Routh first appeared in the third season of Arrow before starring in Legends of Tomorrow for five seasons.
After thanking the “wonderful, dedicated, and hardworking” cast and crew across the Arrowverse that he has worked with, Routh made a special shoutout to his entire Legends family, which includes the on-set crew, office staff, writers, and cast.
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He also expressed his gratitude to the media and reviewers who have passionately covered anything about Legends of Tomorrow since Day 1. “Thank you to the media & reviewers who get us, & let the world know! You all have made the experience worthwhile, for me personally, and I think, for the fans as well,” wrote Routh.
Speaking of fans, the actor thanked them for sticking with the show through the years. “Thank you for being you, for loving this show, and allowing us to grow through our awkward teenage years,” wrote the former Superman actor. “There is no show without you. I’m so grateful that we found you—you found us! It’s been a joy collaborating with you.”
Routh ended his post by telling everyone why he loves Legends of Tomorrow. “We are a show for those who are okay with accepting the flaws of others—because they are working on accepting their own,” the actor wrote. “We are goofy, irreverent and earnest all at the same time. Hopefully showing a world where many different types of people can exist—not always perfectly, but always with humor. A balance of Light & Dark. Pessimism & Optimism. Free Will & Destiny.”
Aside from Routh, last Tuesday’s episode also marks the final appearance of his real-life wife Courtney Ford, who played Nora Darhk for three seasons. In an Instagram post, Ford revealed that the cast and crew surprised her in between takes while filming her final episode. “Thank you to everyone. I love you all,” Ford wrote, addressing the show’s cast and crew. “If I didn’t catch you to say it to your face, it’s because I didn’t want to cry into it.”
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While Routh and Ford had already departed the show, there’s always a possibility for them to return at some point in the future. “On these shows, once you’re gone, you’re never actually fully gone,” series star Caity Lotz told Comic Book Resources earlier this year when asked about the couple’s exit.
Legends of Tomorrow resumes its fifth-season run on April 7th at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.