News broke today that Brandon Routh (Clark Kent/Superman in Superman Returns) has been cast in Season 3 of the CW's Arrow as fellow superhero The Atom, a.k.a. Ray Palmer. More to the point for romance fans, he's rumored to be a potential love interest for Oliver Queen's girl Wednesday, Felicity Smoak, and thus another impediment to fan-favorite—understatment of the year?!—'ship Oliver/Felicity, or Olicity.
What does that mean for the pairing and the chances they'll eventually end up together? Let's speculate a bit, shall we?
Since the Season 2 finale continued to tease fans of the Olicity pairing (look for a post from me in the next few weeks about thoughts on the end of the season and more Season 3 anticipation), I'm still feeling pretty good about their odds in the long run. Although I fear the showrunners view Oliver/Laurel as Arrow's OTP (One True Pairing), I do believe they'll put Oliver and Felicity together at some point, and who knows? Maybe they'll be too fabulous to deny and the writers will come around to the idea of them as endgame. (I don't say that to get anyone's hopes up too high, but there is a precedent with Dawson's Creek, which was supposed to be Dawson/Joey-centric but which ended up telling the epic love story of Joey/Pacey.)
In the short run, Ray Palmer likely will keep Oliver and Felicity apart, but is that such a bad thing? I mean, I'd love to see Felicity getting some attention after all of the love interests Ollie has had, not least because I think it'd be good for Oliver to discover that Felicity won't wait forever for him to come to his senses. Plus, as much as I love their partnership, Felicity and Oliver still have some growing to do before they'd make a perfect romantic couple. Let them sow some more wild oats with other people; once they've done that, they'll be ready to embark on a serious relationship...with each other.
In other words: Don't jump 'ship just yet!
What are your hopes and fears for Arrow and, more specifically, Oliver/Felicity after hearing this casting news?