Brandon Routh, the superhero leading man who never quite got his due, has been a highlight of Legends of Tomorrow ever since his arrival on the scene. Which is why it’s particularly a shame to see him preparing to depart the show this season.
Now, Routh has officially finished filming his last stint on the show, and has posted a heartfelt goodbye to the series on his Instagram. In it, he celebrates the “5 seasons we’ve spent together,” recounting how happy he has been to be on the show for such a lengthy run—the longest of his career, Routh explains.
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My final day of filming with my #LegendsFamily. I love you all & appreciate the 5 seasons we’ve spent together. It hasn’t always been easy, but I think that’s what makes it harder to leave—getting through the growing pains of the first few seasons has bonded us. 👊🏻 And made the last three seasons a blast! I’ve never been at a job this long, so this is new for me. 😢 I think I will miss you all and the fun we’ve had making this silly show on the #Waverider—as much as I’ll miss bringing #RayPalmer to life. Love & blessings on a great finish to the season. 🙏🏼❤️❤️❤️
Legends of Tomorrow was not precisely lauded in its first season, and its virtues became apparent only with later seasons (so far as much of the audience is concerned, anyway), and Routh references that as well, referring to the show’s “growing pains of the first few seasons,” but he points to those as bonding experiences that have made the cast a group of intimate friends.
I don’t normally feature these sorts of farewells, but Routh clearly meant a lot to fans of the show, and the show clearly meant a lot to him. It’ll be a shame to see his Ray Palmer say goodbye.