There was nothing particularly wrong with Brandon Routh’s portrayal of Superman in the 2006 Bryan Singer film, Superman Returns.
In fact, the actor was fairly good at embodying Christopher Reeve’s iconic performance as the Kryptonian.
The film, which stands at 75% on Rotten Tomatoes, was not that well-received by movie audiences, grossing $200,081,192 in North America and $191 million internationally, earning a total of $391,081,192. The overall complaint was a lack of action and that Superman became a Lois Lane stalker.
Routh’s role with the cape was one and done. Until now.
Before The CW and DC TV panels tomorrow, Deadline has reported that Routh will have another shot at playins Supes in the network’s “Arrowverse” version of “Crisis on Infinite Earths” event and earlier today,
It appears that both Tyler Hoechlin (current “Arrowverse” Superman) and Routh will suit up as the Men of Steel this fall. Routh currently plays Ray Palmer/The Atom on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
The five-part Crisis on Infinite Earths will easily be The CW’s most ambitious crossover yet and will see the heroes from Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman unite to stop a common enemy. Here is the trailer from Superman Returns:
Here is the CW teaser for Crisis on Infinite Earths:
The event has actually been a reoccurring theme since the very first episode of Grant Gustin’s The Flash, where a newspaper headline from the year 2024 revealed the Barry Allen’s fate was to disappear during a “crisis.” But the fifth season finale accelerated this when the original newspaper headline changed the date of the event from 2024 to 2019.
To add to this, the seventh season finale of Stephen Amell’s Arrow set up Oliver Queen’s role in the next crossover by having him join the Monitor on a mission to warn other worlds of the crisis, as part of the arrangement Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen made in order to save the lives of both The Flash and Supergirl.
The first three installments will air in December with the final two chapters airing in January.
Reel 360’s biggest question after hearing this is – will Tom Welling, the original CW/WB Superman – make a return?