Brandon James Routh (born October 9, 1979) is an American actor. He grew up in Iowa before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and appeared on multiple television series throughout the early 2000s. In 2006, he played the titular superhero of the film Superman Returns, and in 2011, he played the titular character of the film Dylan Dog: Dead of Night. He also had a recurring role in the NBC series Chuck, as Daniel Shaw. Following this, he had supporting roles in the films Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. In 2014, he began a recurring role as Ray Palmer / The Atom on Arrow, which spun-off into a guest role on The Flash and followed by a starring role on Legends of Tomorrow.