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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  • Looper
    Looper  29 days ago +523

    Which actor was the all-time best Superman?

    • Ryan
      Ryan 18 days ago

      John Hamn... oh wait.

    • poetofreason
      poetofreason 22 days ago


    • Dion Ermen
      Dion Ermen 27 days 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 27 days 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.

    • Dion Ermen
      Dion Ermen 27 days ago

      @charles swearingen just reeve dude. George was reeves

  • Cameron Karr
    Cameron Karr 2 days ago

    Oh shit the Super Vegan Todd is returning?

  • Chimen Express
    Chimen Express 3 days ago

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

  • Landon Biondo
    Landon Biondo 4 days ago +1

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

  • acidicIdiot
    acidicIdiot 4 days ago

    Todd Ingram is Superman

  • Graavigala85
    Graavigala85 5 days ago

    Best Superman after Christopher Reeves!

  • Enhance Thriller
    Enhance Thriller 5 days ago

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

  • Mark Septipie
    Mark Septipie 5 days ago


  • Fonz
    Fonz 6 days 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 7 days ago

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

  • Santi. Josef
    Santi. Josef 7 days ago

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

  • Neutral 69
    Neutral 69 8 days ago +2

    Christopher Reeves played the best Superman.

  • Darryl Ruiz
    Darryl Ruiz 10 days ago +3

    Routh was great as Supes he just deserved a better movie

  • Humanities Resistance
    Humanities Resistance 10 days ago

    Wish it was on the big screen... smh

  • Steven Passanante
    Steven Passanante 11 days 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 12 days ago

    Ben Affleck - Superman?

  • Gerry Stevens
    Gerry Stevens 13 days ago

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

  • dari_ m
    dari_ m 14 days ago

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

  • joyce moss
    joyce moss 14 days ago

    love you love you love you

  • Robert Young
    Robert Young 15 days 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 16 days ago

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

  • marksdad10
    marksdad10 16 days ago

    Great news

  • Travis Land
    Travis Land 17 days ago

    I hope not. He was no good

  • Brenda Cato
    Brenda Cato 17 days ago

    He was perfect as Superman wasn’t his fault the movie sucked!

  • Steven Huynh
    Steven Huynh 17 days ago

    Why did people hate Brandon Roth as Superman? I really didn't understand. I was excited to see the Superman music return back in 2006. Now, man of steel movies doesn't have that Superman music anymore. Well, I guess the Superman theme is now gone forever. Man of steel didn't even play a single tune from John William's The Superman March theme. I had to order it on CD from Amazon because it's a classic now. It really breaks my heart that the Superman theme wasn't in man of steel.

  • Shape Shifter
    Shape Shifter 17 days ago

    Even tho the movie was shite, Routh was great as Superman

  • arjay flores
    arjay flores 17 days ago

    He actually deserved the role as he has an obvious resemblance with Christopher Reeve

  • Raymond Charles
    Raymond Charles 17 days ago

    Brandon Roth is super man....we all know that.... just look at him and Christopher Reaves.

  • Raymond Charles
    Raymond Charles 17 days ago

    Brandon Roth is the real super man second to Christopher Reaves....I was dying for this to happen again..... thank God for that.

  • JediRouge
    JediRouge 18 days ago

    I actually preferred him, than Henry .

  • jar fur
    jar fur 18 days ago

    Would be good if they could squeeze Tom Welling into this too

    EVILCLOWN 83 18 days ago

    Shud. Of ad Tom welling as well as superman as the cross over is infinite earth's

  • Creatip
    Creatip 19 days ago

    Hoechlin supe: I know the only guy who can help us. Let's find Ray Palmer.
    Routh supe: DON'T YOU DARE......

  • Avinash Singh
    Avinash Singh 19 days ago

    Never liked him as Superman.

  • btqy
    btqy 19 days ago

    I'm so Happy for Brandon.

    JAKOLERO C P.MOHAMMAD 19 days ago

    Brandon routh is the new best superman... And by the way plsss urge Hugh Jackman to play again as the iconic wolverine..

  • Moe From The Northside

    Superman is corny already. They need to come up with some new ideas.

    GODOFBEATS 20 days ago

    No fucking thank you

  • Adelaine Delabin
    Adelaine Delabin 20 days ago

    It didn't happen because it was a shitty story, Brandon. A lot of actors are fucking clueless. Also, that beak and clefted chin are a NO.

  • Scott Fridinger
    Scott Fridinger 20 days ago

    I like him as Superman, will he also be the Atom? And were is Smallville’s favorite Clark Kent?

  • Zain Mushtaq
    Zain Mushtaq 20 days ago +1

    *this gives me hope for Tobey Maguire's return as Spider-Man!*

  • kevin neal
    kevin neal 21 day ago

    Look,👀, there have been many supermen/clark Kent's, their all good in their own way, there were supermen before chris reeves too but no one mentions them cause their black n' white, personally I like henry cavil and the other's but at the end of the day ur only as good as the script and there have been a couple of poo supermen scripts counting 2 that Chris reeves was in, just because he looks like Chris reeves doesn't mean he's as good as portraying supers as well as he could, just look as superman on super girl he looks hell of a lot like him but his acting sucks, thank u for reading and I shall bid u a good day sir. Lmao😆

  • Robert J Romani
    Robert J Romani 21 day ago

    As many have pointed out he resembles Reeves and that's most likely why, other than the script he was dropped in favor of Cavill. The reason he was hired is most likely the reason he was fired.
    Ps. Kudos for bringing Burt "Robin " Ward into this production.

  • Marlenie Rogas
    Marlenie Rogas 21 day ago

    wow, this really amazing.... I can't wait to see him back on the red Cape... he is the best Superman for me.... I really love Brandon Routh....

  • Slade Wind NEW
    Slade Wind NEW 21 day ago

    Hopefully he wears the same suit as the 2006 film if it was preserved somewhere

  • Jose Betances
    Jose Betances 21 day ago

    Brandon routh i think is the closest superman to christopher reeves he's the perfect superman.

  • Jonathan Rigby
    Jonathan Rigby 21 day ago

    Brandon was the best superman after Reeves. The MOVIE he got was crap.

  • Mick McKenzie
    Mick McKenzie 21 day ago

    Routh made a very credible Superman. Would loved to have seen him in a few more movies. Glad to see this. Can tell he is very excited about this as he should be.

  • Cal Jennings
    Cal Jennings 21 day ago

    I loved Brandon Routh in Superman Returns and I got that he was a Christ figure and Lois was a Mary of Magdalene figure just from watching the movie. All of those women who were screaming that Superman was a deadbeat dad were wrong.

  • Den
    Den 21 day ago

    I prefer Routh. I see Cavill as gladiator.

  • Jishnu Rajeev
    Jishnu Rajeev 21 day ago

    Still catching up with arrow
    Damn it already has 7 seasons

  • Jakob Apricodo
    Jakob Apricodo 22 days ago

    When will this show?

  • Bradmyr
    Bradmyr 22 days ago

    Now all we need is a good Lantern!

  • Michael Lotus
    Michael Lotus 22 days ago

    Bad choice don’t make me 🤮. Tom Welling was the best.

  • steve owensby
    steve owensby 22 days ago

    I want to see the actor from Smallville return to the roloffs up that would be nice to be able to throw in there

  • Cory Kent
    Cory Kent 22 days ago

    Finally. He belongs in that role more than any other character, and Brandon makes a way better Superman than Tyler Hoechlin. Nothing about him says Superman, imo, but with Brandon, everything did! Even better than Henry Cavill.

  • Stephanie Rivers
    Stephanie Rivers 22 days ago

    I liked him as Superman. I liked the 2006 version.

  • Herondales Angel
    Herondales Angel 22 days ago

    Personally I loved Brandon as superman so yeh I'm up for him returning x

  • Teran Icer
    Teran Icer 22 days ago

    I never liked Tyler Hoechlin as Supes, he's just not imposing enuff. Being saved by a 5'9"-5'10" doesn't really inspire....

  • hoodie and red
    hoodie and red 22 days ago

    He is my favorite Superman. So happy he's back.

  • Real Dr. Venkman
    Real Dr. Venkman 22 days ago

    Dead Cain should have returned as Superman.

  • alyccaeve
    alyccaeve 23 days ago

    Henry looks good in the suit but Brandon reminds me more of Mr Reeves. Glad Brandon is back.

  • Jim Frans
    Jim Frans 23 days ago

    DCU, ganbatte ne!
    Try harder this time, DC!

  • Jax the Ripper
    Jax the Ripper 23 days ago +1


  • Jesus is God
    Jesus is God 23 days ago

    John 3:18-21 KJV
    He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [19] And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. [20] For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. [21] But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

  • เรียกนามข้าว่า ลูซิเฟอร์

    I love this men is superman!💓💗

  • NPC #10101010101
    NPC #10101010101 23 days ago

    No no no no no no no no no no. You are not allowed to have two supermen today that are white. If you are woke superman needs to be a monkey. He needs to come from Africa. And he needs to be stronger and smarter. That’s the joke. Everyone knows that’s a big joke. But that is what it means to be woke in 2019. You have to pretend that superman is not Superman.
    Notice what I wrote. Notice what I actually wrote. Did your racist mind stick in a different word for monkey.? Well, technically you’re correct. But you’re still a racist. Democrats are such communist hypocrites.😁😀

  • hit wonda
    hit wonda 23 days ago

    He like Christopher Reeves

  • Ghost Dragon
    Ghost Dragon 23 days ago

    I thought he was making another movie. wtf

  • Frank Berst
    Frank Berst 23 days ago +5

    I vastly prefer Brandon Routh over Henry Cavill as Superman. He's much closer in every way to the Christopher Reeve gold standard. Plus Superman Returns is a very unjustly underrated film in my opinion.

    • Frank Berst
      Frank Berst 20 days ago

      Plus - despite the wisdom of those who may have thought they knew better - the suit doesn't work without the red trunks. It simply DOESN'T. Period. It just doesn't look right. It looks off.

    • Luke Grace
      Luke Grace 21 day ago

      Frank Berst 100% agree

  • 2r3notgoodas1
    2r3notgoodas1 23 days ago

    Technically it will only be for the TV show, He was a good Superman on the Silverscreen i hope he makes it back again.

  • Secret AgentMan
    Secret AgentMan 23 days ago

    It is pronounced R-OO-UTH. Routh. Not Ralph. Routh

  • jonbooz
    jonbooz 23 days ago

    Tom. Welling.

  • Dimal Fernando
    Dimal Fernando 23 days ago

    But brandon routh is ATOM in the arrowverse.. why would he play superman?

  • Rejean Fortin
    Rejean Fortin 23 days ago

    They are killing superman little by little Henri Cavill is the best