Brandon Routh is Superman No More, But Does it Matter?
by Alex Billington
July 3, 2009
Early this morning I was sent a link to an article on the Brazilian movie site Omelete where they had a few new quotes from Brandon Routh who they caught up with on the set of Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. We've heard plenty of unconfirmed details about the status of Superman inside of Warner Brothers, but not all of it was accurate. Routh (via a rough translation) says that he knows nothing about what's currently going on and, most importantly, that his contract to play Superman has since expired. "But if they call me again, back to the character without thinking twice [sic]!" But does it really matter though?
Okay, before I continue, let me first say that I did actually think Routh was the best modern day Superman they could find and he did the best he could with the role. I really liked his performance and would've been happy seeing him return for sequels. But as we all know, Warner Brothers just doesn't know what the heck to do with the Superman franchise -- well, they know that Bryan Singer killed it and they're not continuing on with anything he did (sadly). So what I mean to say is that it doesn't really matter that Brandon Routh's contract is no longer in effect because that's just part of the logical progression of the franchise anyway.
While this is purely speculation on my part, I do think Warner Brothers is eventually looking to completely reboot this from scratch someday in the future. And that means getting rid of Brandon Routh and either getting someone new or doing something different altogether - like using a CGI Superman and just getting an actor to play Clark Kent. When and if this ever does continue, who else could play a good Superman?