Brandon Routh (Chuck) and Courtney Ford (Supernatural) have announced that they will both be departing DC’s Legends of Tomorrow during season five.
“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 to Deadline. “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.”
Check out statements from both Routh and Ford below regarding their departure:
“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. 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. 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 reports the decision to leave came from the writers naturally wrapping up the story of the two characters and it seems the door will be left open on guest appearances in the future.
At least Routh will be going out on a bang as he is set to play both Ray Palmer and a version of Superman during the next Arrowverse crossover event.