Brandon Routh Reacts To His Return As Superman

  • Published on Jul 20, 2019
  • 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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Comments • 3 273

  • Looper
    Looper  3 months ago +536

    Which actor was the all-time best Superman?

    • Complete Ultra Instinct Broly
      Complete Ultra Instinct Broly 19 days ago

      @Neutral 69 *REEVE*

    • Ryan
      Ryan 2 months ago

      John Hamn... oh wait.

    • poetofreason
      poetofreason 2 months ago


    • Dion Ermen
      Dion Ermen 3 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.

    • Dion Ermen
      Dion Ermen 3 months ago

      @Francisco Espino yeah because that's all that happened a few shits. So he has never been superman as it was cancelled. So he is not even in the running.

  • Valkyra Sonara
    Valkyra Sonara Day ago

    Wuhu Brandon is back!!!!! 😍❤️

  • Gotham Knight
    Gotham Knight 4 days ago

    I like Routh more for Superman than The Atom. He very much was a good fill in for Christopher Reeves.

  • Ralph Bartolo
    Ralph Bartolo 7 days ago

    Uhh.. YES? BBR! (Bring Back Routh)

  • 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 9 days ago

    Superman returns - great cast, shitty story writers.

  • Ersen Foy
    Ersen Foy 11 days ago

    my crush when i was like 7 or 8! He was at it finnest in Superman returns!

  • Stan GOT7
    Stan GOT7 12 days ago

    Superman returns was by far my fav superman film

  • Mateusz Woźniak
    Mateusz Woźniak 12 days 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
    Savitar the God of Speed 14 days ago +1

    Writers: So how many crossovers do you want?
    Crisis: Yes.

  • Capronice
    Capronice 15 days 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 16 days ago +1

    I Want Brandon Routh as Movie Superman again Superman Returns Deserved a Sequel

  • Soepieman99
    Soepieman99 18 days ago +1

    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 19 days 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 19 days 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 19 days ago

    Am I the only one to hoping to see Brandon Routh Kingdom Come spin-off movie?

  • Kenny Kharkongor
    Kenny Kharkongor 20 days ago

    Yes Brandon Routh.

    G D JONES 21 day ago

    Routh should be superman again on the big screen

  • Martin Patchell The Gamecat

    I always liked Brandon as superman. 😁

  • rock GOLD
    rock GOLD 22 days ago

    he's the reason why i like superman in the first place

  • Suq Madiq
    Suq Madiq 22 days ago

    Top gun is the gayest movie ever

  • R wi
    R wi 24 days ago

    I like Brandon auto man so cute

  • chill dude ooo
    chill dude ooo 26 days ago

    What about him in legends of tommrow??

  • John Tad
    John Tad 28 days ago

    Brandon Routh is the closest to a look alike to Christopher Reeve there is compare to other guys. imo

  • Incognito One
    Incognito One 29 days 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 Month ago

    Can we please have him meet the Atom?

  • Yoketat Foo
    Yoketat Foo Month ago

    I would like to see Brandon Routh return as superman in the big screen.

  • Mark Appel
    Mark Appel Month ago

    Good lord Routh is SO MUCH BETTER than that stiff Henry Cavill.

  • Saiyaman g
    Saiyaman g Month ago

    I just hope they don't use that stupid looking cape that Tyler Heochlin wears on his suit for Brandon's suit.

  • Gabriel Nore
    Gabriel Nore Month ago +1

    Brandon routh was thé bestttt

  • Albert Kieran Zinn
    Albert Kieran Zinn Month ago

    What will happen with Henry Cavill?

  • Xian XT
    Xian XT Month ago

    But what about Nicolas Cage as Superman huh? I think I speak for all Superman fans when I say that Superman needs Nicolas Cage!

  • Victor Djinn
    Victor Djinn Month ago

    CW's Arrowverse aside, Brandon belongs in another Superman movie. There's no reason why it couldn't be done. I remember back in 1983 when two James Bond movies came out. Octopussy starring Roger Moore, and, Never Say Never Again starring Sean Connery. I saw both movies in the theatre. I liked both movies. Originally released on VHS, Octopussy could be easily found while Never Say Never Again was difficult to find . I've noticed that in DVD sets, Never Say Never Again is not included because it's considered "counterfeit" because it wasn't done by United Artists. So What? United Artists might like to know that in spite of them I have several copies of Never Say Never Again on VHS and on DVD. I watched Superman Returns 3 times in the theatre, bought the special edition 2 disc version on DVD and also have two other "back-up" DVD's which I have watched a few times. I normally only watch a movie "once". The only recent exception that I can make to that is Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman. I watched it in 3D. I watched it in 2D. Bought the special edition DVD and a couple of additional DVD's. I'm not too easily won over. Gal won me over, the same way Brandon did. Both of them..."nailed it"! Brandon Routh not in a Superman movie is a terrible waste. The clock is ticking. Somebody with deep pockets could make this happen.

  • bond 007
    bond 007 Month ago

    Depois de Cristopher Reeves! esse é o melhor Superman da atualidade eu parei de ver filmes do Superman porque trocaram o ator. Que volte o brandon routh.

  • wnerk o
    wnerk o Month ago

    tom welling is stepping in as superman again also👍👍👍

  • Citizen Steel
    Citizen Steel Month ago

    im so glad he gets to do this huge thing before leaving legends of tomorrow 😭

  • Your Nostrolee O’ Lee O’ Lees

    Routh should go back to the Big Screen... Movie Screen since Cavill is gone. I loved him as Supes in 2006

  • Marcus Ang
    Marcus Ang Month ago

    He’s is good as Superman but the movie suck

  • Crimson Doodlebear
    Crimson Doodlebear 2 months ago

    So that essentially means we got Christopher Reeves Superman. Because Brandon Routh and Christopher Reeves played the same incarnation of Superman.

  • Cameron Karr
    Cameron Karr 2 months ago +1

    Oh shit the Super Vegan Todd is returning?

  • Chimen Express
    Chimen Express 2 months ago

    The movie universe decides not to do anything with their Superman, good thing we have the TV universe.

  • Landon Biondo
    Landon Biondo 2 months ago +2

    well that's it I'm off to see my lawyer to draw up my will. i can finally die happy.

  • acidicIdiot
    acidicIdiot 2 months ago

    Todd Ingram is Superman

  • Graavigala85
    Graavigala85 2 months ago

    Best Superman after Christopher Reeves!

  • Enhance Thriller
    Enhance Thriller 2 months ago

    Idk about this, but Brandon Routh really matches as Ray Palmer more than being portrayed as Superman.

  • Mark Septipie
    Mark Septipie 2 months ago


  • Fonz
    Fonz 2 months ago

    I would rather see Welling honestly. Routh seems like a nice guy, but his film sucked. The suit also did not look good either. Nothing about the film was good. It's better that his Superman is forgotten really.

  • Taenyoon Taneo
    Taenyoon Taneo 2 months ago

    He's fucking handsome ,I miss them after Superman returns

  • Santi. Josef
    Santi. Josef 2 months ago

    Yes that's going to be good !!!🕴️🍃🐱🐱

  • Neutral 69
    Neutral 69 2 months ago +3

    Christopher Reeves played the best Superman.

  • Darryl Ruiz
    Darryl Ruiz 2 months ago +3

    Routh was great as Supes he just deserved a better movie

  • Humanities Resistance
    Humanities Resistance 2 months ago

    Wish it was on the big screen... smh

  • Steven Passanante
    Steven Passanante 2 months ago

    This is a dream come true for me. He is the true successor to Reeves and was meant for the role.

  • Ira Onacra
    Ira Onacra 2 months ago

    Ben Affleck - Superman?

  • Gerry Stevens
    Gerry Stevens 2 months ago

    We want Henry. We want Henry. We want Henry.

  • dari_ m
    dari_ m 2 months ago

    Tyler: I'm the best superman
    Brandon: hold my beer
    Henry Cavill: Children Please

  • joyce moss
    joyce moss 2 months ago

    love you love you love you

  • Robert Young
    Robert Young 2 months ago +1

    I don't care what the critics say - but Henry Cavill was the best Superman ever. And MAN OF STEEL was the best Superman movie ever made.

  • winkmsm
    winkmsm 2 months ago

    How can the atom also be superman? What is DC doing?

  • marksdad10
    marksdad10 2 months ago

    Great news