With the release of Superman Returns in 2006, star Brandon Routh was poised to become the next big thing. He was taking on the role of a superhero icon in one of the biggest blockbusters of the year, cast partially for his resemblance to the iconic Superman star, Christopher Reeves. But then, crickets. Superman Returns opened to decent reviews and a respectable worldwide gross of $391 million. But Warner Bros. wrote the film off as a disappointment, and Routh was devastated to learn that there would be no sequel — instead the superhero got rebooted in with 2013’s Man of Steel in which Henry Cavill donned cape.
While Routh has carved out a good niche as a genre TV regular with roles in Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Chuck, the actor revealed the difficulties he endured in the aftermath of Superman Returns — and indeed, during the filming, with director Bryan Singer, who has in recent years been exposed for his history of sexual abuse. Read more of Brandon Routh on Superman Returns and the difficulties on set and after the film’s release.
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With each passing day, the upcoming Arrowverse crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths gets bigger and bigger. Just recently, Smallville stars Tom Welling and Erica Durance were added to the growing cast of the television event that is being spread across Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and the new Batwoman series. The two are reprising their roles as Clark Kent and Lois Lane from the popular Superman prequel series, but there’s another Superman variation popping up that is equally as cool.
Not too long ago, we learned that Superman Returns star Brandon Routh would be reprising his big screen role as the Man of Steel for Crisis on Infinite Earths, but the version he’s playing is inspired by the DC Comics Kingdom Come storyline. Now we have the first official photo of the Brandon Routh Kingdom Come Superman straight from The CW. Check it out below. Read More »
At Comic-Con, The CW’s Arrowverse revealed that this year’s crossover between their five series – Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Black Lightning – would be Crisis on Infinite Earths. One of the big reveals was the Superman Returns star Brandon Routh would play a Superman from another world. Routh also plays Ray Palmer on Legends.
This will be the first time the crossover spans five shows, the first time Black Lightning is a part of the crossover, and the first time the crossover is split before and after the Christmas holiday. Three episodes will air in December of 2019, with the final two in January 2020.
At The CW’s party for the Television Critics Association, Arrow producer and crossover supervisor Marc Guggenheim spoke with /Film. Find out how he wrangled Routh back into the Superman costume, how the crossover relates to Superman Returns, and Guggenheim’s thoughts on a classic Supergirl actor.
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Brandon Routh is one of the few actors fortunate (or maybe unfortunate) enough to strap on the blue tights and red underwear and soar through the sky as Superman. Plucked from obscurity, Routh played the Man of Steel in Bryan Singer’s 2006 film Superman Returns, which was also kind of a remake of Superman: The Movie. Yeah, it was a weird one. Now he’ll be putting the cape back on again for the upcoming Arrowverse crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths over at The CW. Read More »
Arrow and The Flash are doing quite well for The CW, and the network is pursuing more shows in the same vein. When Brandon Routh joined Arrow this year there was talk of a potential spin-off show featuring his character, for example. Now we know more about that show, and it won’t just be a showcase for Routh. No, this one is a DC Comics team series at the CW, featuring four actors/characters from Arrow and The Flash. Read More »
Marvel heroes don’t have a lock on shrinking down to tiny size. In fact, at least one DC hero can go a lot smaller than ant-size, to shrink right down to the atomic level. The CW show Arrow has been teasing the latest television incarnation of this guy, and now we’ve got the first image of Brandon Routh in costume as The Atom. (Or as A.T.O.M., as the show seems to be referring to him for now.) Read More »
Superman‘s on-screen history is fascinating. There was the early TV show, the Christopher Reeve films, the rumored curse around the role, several failed reboots, including one that made it to the big screen, and now a successful reboot that’s playing into a bigger DC universe.
Adding even more myth to the role, the last two cinematic iterations of the character, Brandon Routh in Superman Returns and Henry Cavill in Man of Steel, each almost put on the “S” several years before. Both actors auditioned for one of the failed reboots, Superman Flyby, which was to be directed by McG from a script by J.J. Abrams. It’s a pretty fascinating coincidence and you can link to photos of their Superman Flyby auditions, including a very different Superman costume, below.
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Want to see a better image of the Superman costume in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Which material is the new Batsuit made out of? Has a former Superman actor joined the CW show, Arrow? Did Guy Pearce almost turn down Iron Man 3? Was Andrew Garfield actually on the Avengers: Age of Ultron set? How can you see some new images and footage from Guardians of the Galaxy? Which Oscar nominee is now on Gotham? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.
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Posted on Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Last year, Zack Snyder unveiled Man of Steel, his Superman reboot with Henry Cavill in the lead role. But had cinematic history gone a bit differently, it could very well have been Bryan Singer premiering his Man of Steel with Henry Cavill in the lead role a few years earlier.
In a recent interview, the filmmaker confirmed that Cavill had been up for the led in 2006’s Superman Returns before Brandon Routh won the part. He also revealed that Man of Steel was the title he’d been considering for his planned sequel, which would have featured the villain Darkseid. Hit the jump to find out why Cavill lost out, what Singer’s Man of Steel would’ve been like, and what he thought of Snyder’s Man of Steel.
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Remember, if you will, the days of Fantastic Fest 2011. One of the most buzzed about films at the Austin, TX festival wasn’t a feature from an established director. It was Cost of Living, a short written and directed by first-time filmmaker BenDavid Grabinski.
The short stars Bret Harrison (Reaper, Breaking In) and Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) as employees of a company that makes, or engineers… something. Or ‘somethings.’ Actually, let’s say very violent, very dangerous somethings.
Cost of Living throws a couple of more or less regular guys into a really crappy situation and then watches them fight their way out. It is a tasty blend of splattery, tense action with just enough self-awareness and humor to balance the danger. Oh, and it is beautifully shot by Morgan Susser, and features a special guest as the voice of the company computer. The full film is now online; check it out below. Read More »