Legends of Tomorrow star Brandon Routh is looking forward to the day when Ray Palmer actually gets to interact with his brother Sydney. So far, Sydney has only been mentioned twice in the series, and is yet to interact with his brother. One such mention had the other Palmer boy taking his brother’s A.T.O.M. technology and making a name for himself in one of the Arrowverse’s possible futures.
The series dropped another reference to him during season 3’s nostalgic ‘Phone Home‘, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg that was revealed about Ray in an episode that changed the way the character views himself and his past. And it’s that newfound understanding of how his childhood shaped his current worldview that Routh would like to see the show explore more, hopefully with a little interaction with Sydney.
Routh made the comments during a recent visit to the Legends of Tomorrow set, where he discussed the impact of the Ray-centric ‘Phone Home’ and what it might mean for the character moving forward. Routh said:
“I don’t know how much we’ve seen it in the episodes since that yet. It hasn’t come into play so much but I know that in the episode what Ray learned was that his childhood wasn’t all bright and shiny. He kind of had fooled himself into believing that, and maybe he had some real challenges in life and that’s okay. That makes him a little more balanced moving forward. I think [with] somebody who is happy and light all the time is balancing that. I’m just kind of being myself because I bring a lot of that to Ray.”
As far as when viewers will get a chance to see Ray interact with his brother, Routh says there have been discussions of it, so perhaps it will happen sometime soone.
“There was talk of Ray interacting with his brother Sydney. And Sydney is mentioned in episode three or four where we see young Ray, so I look forward to that happening eventually. I’d like to see Ray’s world worldview extrapolated and [for it to] take over an episode.”
Given the response to ‘Phone Home’ it’s a good bet most fans wouldn’t mind more episodes focused on Ray that look into his past and more. Getting to know his brother would also make for an interesting avenue for the show, especially since it teased Sydney’s involvement in the series’ future in such a surprising way already. However Legends of Tomorrow plans to bring the other Palmer into the show, it should make for another exciting look into the life of one of the Legends.