Brandon Routh Reacts To His Return As Superman

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San Diego Comic-Con has revealed some super-special news for the CW's Arrowverse - and it's a development we never thought we'd ever see. A familiar face is donning Superman's cape once again, and he has some feelings about the impending comeback.
As part of the festivities of Comic-Con 2019, it was announced that the CW is cooking up a crossover of epic proportions: former Superman actor Brandon Routh, who played Clark Kent in the 2006 film Superman Returns, and current Man of Steel Tyler Hoechlin, who portrays Supes in a recurring capacity on Supergirl, will both be suiting up as Superman as a part of the Arrowverse's upcoming "Crisis on Infinite Earths" event.
It's a role Routh hasn't played since 2006's Superman Returns, and at this point, almost certainly never expected to play again.
The announcement, first reported by Deadline on July 19, got fans in the best kind of huff: a fast-talking frenzy that left some commenters already declaring "Crisis on Infinite Earths" as the greatest crossover event ever. Not long after the news hit the 'net, Routh took to social media just like the fans did to react to his return as Superman.
Routh tweeted in response to Deadline's post confirming the news, saying that he was "Honored, humbled, grateful, and still pinching myself."
Hoechlin, who first slipped into the Superman suit in 2016 for Supergirl, expressed his own anticipation for the forthcoming clash of the Supermen by tweeting at Routh,
"Let's go brother!"
Routh bantered back with a punch and a wink emoji, as well as the comment,
"So excited to share the screen with you as Supes @tylerhoechlin! So fun! I'm so ready!"
Routh also joked that he was immediately heading off to the gym to get into tip-top shape for the crossover, though we doubt he actually needs to, considering that he's been playing superheroes for years. Arrowverse loyals will already recognize Routh from his role as Ray Palmer, better known as the Atom -- a role which he's taken to Arrow, The Flash, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow, on which he's currently a main player.
The actor also opened up to Entertainment Weekly about his return to the role that put him on the map as a younger man. He admitted that he initially experienced mixed feelings about the news before letting himself feel excited. Asked about his outlook, Routh said,
"It's an opportunity for me to kind of say hello and goodbye to the character in a way I didn't get to the first time."
Routh and Hoechlin's eagerness about playing duelling Supermen is nothing compared to the reactions of their fans, one of whom tweeted,
"The fact that both of you will be sharing the screen as Supes is blowing my mind! Can't wait to see you both back in the red cape!"
Another said that the news was the best thing they had heard yet from this year's Comic-Con - even more incredible than the surprise Top Gun: Maverick trailer Tom Cruise dropped on Thursday. According to that fan,
"I was buzzing like a happy bee over the Top Gun trailer… then this Brandon Routh news drops into my hive like a dollop of sweet unpasteurized honey. Yes! Yes! Yes! Best DC news in ever."
What makes the news of Routh's return to the Superman role so exciting is that many thought it would never be possible. The idea of seeing Routh as Kal-El again was pretty unthinkable after Superman Returns failed to generate the kind of box office that studio Warner Brothers Pictures needed to greenlight a sequel, taking in just over $391 million worldwide. That's not much compared to other DC Comics-based fare from WB, which has tended to scoop up anywhere from around $750 million globally on the lower end to over $1 billion at the top.
While Routh did pick up praise for his performance, Warner Bros. decided not to pursue more films with him in the role. The studio wound up rebooting the character seven years later in 2013's Man of Steel, the film that started the DC Extended Universe as we know it.
It's unknown which installments of the five-episode "Crisis on Infinite Earths" event Routh and Hoechlin will appear on. Much like previous crossover events in the Arrowverse, the expansive story is set to once again bring together the casts of the CW's superhero series, this time including Arrow, Batwoman, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl.
Even without the Superman news, it's clear that the event will be the biggest one in the Arrowverse thus far, spanning two months of real time, with three episodes of the crossover seeing release in December, and two more to follow in January 2020.
The crossover's story is likely to follow, or at least draw inspiration from, the DC Comics storyline of the same name, in which the heroes fight against the nefarious Anti-Monitor with the help of alternate versions of themselves from different universes.
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Looper 4 months ago
Which actor was the all-time best Superman?
Kameelah Harper
Kameelah Harper 24 days ago
Personally routh was my favorite. Henry's performance didn't give me that Superman feeling.
Complete Ultra Instinct Broly
@Neutral 69 *REEVE*
Ryan 4 months ago
John Hamn... oh wait.
poetofreason 4 months ago
Dion Ermen
Dion Ermen 4 months ago
@laura marrero fabian Dean Cain was ok. Yeah he played Clark but near the end of the series you see him as superman.
Malemleima Huidrom
I think he is the most handsome Superman ever..
Ninja Master
Ninja Master 3 days ago
Should be NO pants above the costume.
Raihan Mahajana
Raihan Mahajana 11 days ago
Derek J. Evans
Derek J. Evans 15 days ago
If DC is done with Cavill bring Routh back to the role as the Kingdom Come Superman...he looks great now
Jonny T.
Jonny T. 18 days ago
WB shot themselves in the foot with superman returns
lnb29 23 days ago
the only superman there is
Kameelah Harper
Kameelah Harper 24 days ago
Bring him back for good. Period.
salman shah
salman shah Month ago
brandon needs to add some more muscles mass then he would be the perfect superman
GhostLink92 Month ago
So my girlfriend and I just got into Legends of Tomorrow. And the entire time we've been watching, we've said that he would make a great Superman. He has the look, the mannerisms, everything. Little did we know that not only did he have the role previously, he's coming back in the next Arrowverse crossover. I guess great minds think alike.
Juwel Ahmad
Juwel Ahmad Month ago
Brandon Routh Is Looking So Real Super Hero🇧🇩🇧🇩🇧🇩
Jacob Grimes
Jacob Grimes Month ago
Brandon Routh is MY SUPERMAN and finally they gave him another chance also Michael Keaton is my Batman
Petrus Kelaetswe
he was the best superman looks a lot like Reeves.guy has physique and clumpsy as clark as he should .
Gregg Martian
Gregg Martian Month ago
Brandon return as superman i hope tobey maguire return as spiderman.
Valkyra Sonara
Valkyra Sonara Month ago
Wuhu Brandon is back!!!!! 😍❤️
Gotham Knight
Gotham Knight Month ago
I like Routh more for Superman than The Atom. He very much was a good fill in for Christopher Reeves.
Because of reasons lol
Superman returns is a sequel to the Christopher reeves superman movies so bassichly crisis on infinite earth's is also a sequel to the old movies
420 gamer
420 gamer Month ago
Superman returns - great cast, shitty story writers.
Ersen Foy
Ersen Foy Month ago
my crush when i was like 7 or 8! He was at it finnest in Superman returns!
Stan GOT7
Stan GOT7 2 months ago
Superman returns was by far my fav superman film
Mateusz Woźniak
Mateusz Woźniak 2 months ago
The fact that Atom's alter ago from another universe is acually from completely different planet doesnt make any sense... They just gathered superman actors from the past beacuse it is catchy. Because you know, if there are alternative universes there is no logic in making supermanfrom another universe look exactly the same like Atom from abother universe. Those are alternative similar universes, not completely different worlds. Beside, following things make all cw-dc-series un-watchable: scenes where they walk in one row in slow motion, teenegers-like emotional problems which most people dont care about, schematic episodes (most of them) where actually you can see this kind of plan: 1. Flash run to discover new Villain, 2. Flash gets beaten, 3. Flash and his friends come up with an super idea how to stop new foe, 4. Flash finally does it. The end. ( ok, there were some cooler episodes where something unexpected happend... but lets be honest, it was like 5-10% of all...)
Savitar the God of Speed
Writers: So how many crossovers do you want? Crisis: Yes.
Capronice 2 months ago
I think if after Crisis the universe is changed, I would really like Routh to take on the role of superman on TV for good.
PHILL SHIVELY 2 months ago
I Want Brandon Routh as Movie Superman again Superman Returns Deserved a Sequel
Soepieman99 2 months ago
Finally !! I've literally been waiting 13 years for this AMAZING news !! Always hoped for another movie, but this is just as sweet !! Brandon Routh was always that classy Reeve-like Superman and it felt like the proper passing of the baton back then. Dare I hope for a spin-off too... 🙏🙏🙃🙃
Gabriel Lezli
Gabriel Lezli 2 months ago
I’d there going to be like a new serie or just like an episode for the crossover
ramon jr tan
ramon jr tan 2 months ago
My superman. 1. Christopher Reeves - charismatic superman, 2. Henry Cavill - present superman, real-world superman, fighter, most powerful superman 3. Brandon Routh - kindness aura, Kingdom Come superman(spin-off movie please...)
ramon jr tan
ramon jr tan 2 months ago
Am I the only one to hoping to see Brandon Routh Kingdom Come spin-off movie?
Kenny Kharkongor
Kenny Kharkongor 2 months ago
Yes Brandon Routh.
G D JONES 2 months ago
Routh should be superman again on the big screen
Squidward The Gamecat
I always liked Brandon as superman. 😁
rock GOLD
rock GOLD 2 months ago
he's the reason why i like superman in the first place
Suq Madiq
Suq Madiq 2 months ago
Top gun is the gayest movie ever
R OwO 2 months ago
I like Brandon auto man so cute
chill dude ooo
chill dude ooo 2 months ago
What about him in legends of tommrow??
John Tad
John Tad 2 months ago
Brandon Routh is the closest to a look alike to Christopher Reeve there is compare to other guys. imo
Incognito One
Incognito One 2 months ago
Looking forward to this. Should be great. I saw the interviews with the cast already. Between this, the continuation of Star Wars and the renewal and continuation of Ghostbusters, this is going to be a great 2019 -2020
Teyon Alexander
Teyon Alexander 2 months ago
Can we please have him meet the Atom?
Yoketat Foo
Yoketat Foo 2 months ago
I would like to see Brandon Routh return as superman in the big screen.
Mark Appel
Mark Appel 2 months ago
Good lord Routh is SO MUCH BETTER than that stiff Henry Cavill.
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