The Real Reason These Actors Left Popular Superhero Shows

In March 2019, news broke that Arrow’s upcoming eighth season would be its last. The show ultimately led up to Oliver Queen heroically sacrificing himself to save his allies from the Anti-Monitor and help form a new multiverse in the massive crossover event “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” The actor behind Mr. Queen, Stephen Amell, explained to fans in an emotional Facebook video that he’d told Arrow producer Greg Berlanti at the end of season six that he wanted the seventh season to be his last. His decision was informed by the demands on his life outside the show, which was fitting as his character had become a husband and father.

Amell ended up extending his run on the show for one final season, though season 8 was only 10 episodes, less than half the count of all previous seasons. In the series finale, Oliver’s friends and loved ones honor his life, and before the credits roll, we see him reunited with his wife Felicity in the afterlife.

By Legends of Tomorrow’s fifth season, Brandon Routh was one of the only series regulars from the show’s first season still left on board the Waverider. But he wasn’t destined to stick around forever. The Season 5 episode “Romeo v. Juliet: Dawn of Justness” saw Routh’s character Ray Palmer leave the Legends for good, along with Nora Darhk, played by Routh’s real-life wife Courtney Ford.

In August 2019, Legends producers told Deadline that Routh and Ford were leaving due to what was characterized as “a creative decision to wrap up their storyline.” But when Routh spoke to Entertainment Weekly in March 2020 about how things were handled, it was clear that he wasn’t happy about it. He said that he wasn’t a part of the discussions to have his character exit the show, and that considering the years he’d spent playing Ray Palmer,

“It made what could’ve been a happy, positive exit, the opposite.”

One saving grace was that the crossover event “Crisis on Infinite Earths” gave Routh the chance to once again play Superman, whom he first portrayed in the 2006 film Superman Returns. As Routh told EW,

“It was an amazing experience…It made all the difference. I honestly don’t know what would’ve happened to season 5 of Legends of Tomorrow if that hadn’t been offered.”

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Stephen Amell | 0:17
Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford | 1:19
Ruby Rose | 2:33
Emily Bett Rickards | 3:41
Arthur Darvill | 4:40
Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood | 5:51
Mehcad Brooks | 7:19
Colton Haynes | 8:07
Vondie Curtis-Hall | 9:05
Keiynan Lonsdale | 10:14

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