Actors Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford are being written out of CW's DC's Legends of Tomorrow. First reported by Deadline, this news comes just one month after Routh was announced to be reprising his role as Superman in the upcoming "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover - in addition to his role as Ray Palmer/Atom.
Ford plays Nora Darhk.
"I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to bring the big-hearted and humorous Ray Palmer to life for our fans over the last 5 years, but unfortunately, his storyline is pointed in another direction," Routh said in a statement. " I’m saddened to see Ray’s journey end for now but wish my Legends family well."
"Nora Darhk is very close to my heart, Ford added. "If it were my choice, I’d play her for years to come. But I understand that stories run their course, and I’m grateful for the time I did have bringing Nora to life on Legends of Tomorrow."
According to Deadline, the two actors' exit was "a creative decision" by the show's producers to "wrap up their storyline."
"Brandon and Courtney have been invaluable members of the Legends family," series executive producers Phil Klemmer, Grianne Godfree and Keto Shimizu said in a statement. "They have always brought a level passion and collaboration to their characters and to the show - both on and off the screen - that we deeply admire and for which we are eternally grateful."
Routh and Ford are married, and their characters have a relationship on-screen as well.
"Of course, when we have had main characters in the past whose journeys take them away from the Waverider, it’s never truly goodbye," Klemmer, Godfree and Shimizu said. "We love these characters and hope to check in with them in future seasons, to see how life off the ship has transformed them for better or worse."
The two are scheduled to film their final episode in October. DC's Legends of Tomorrow's fifth season is expected to premiere in January