August 27, 2009 at 03:46 PM EDT

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the most awesome casting news ever: Erstwhile Superman Brandon Routh is joining Chuck for a multi-episode arc, sources confirm to me exclusively.

Who’s he playing and what impact will it have on Chuck and Sarah? Keep reading and find out!

Routh’s character, Shaw, is a mysterious new spy who takes control as the new leader of Operation Bartwoski, becoming a mentor to Chuck and a rival in his affections for Sarah. He first appears in this season’s fourth episode.

Bottom line: Who better to teach Chuck how to use his powers that the Man of Steel himself?!

Memo to NBC: Please don’t make us wait until March for Chuck! Anyone care to echo that sentiment? Head to the comments. And while you’re down there, share your thoughts about Routh!

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