Brandon Routh Reacts To His Return As Superman

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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  • Which actor was the all-time best Superman?

    LooperLooper4 aylar önce
    • Personally routh was my favorite. Henry's performance didn't give me that Superman feeling.

      Kameelah HarperKameelah Harper28 gün önce
    • @Neutral 69 *REEVE*

      Complete Ultra Instinct BrolyComplete Ultra Instinct Broly2 aylar önce
    • John Hamn... oh wait.

      RyanRyan4 aylar önce
    • Reeves!!!!

      poetofreasonpoetofreason4 aylar önce
    • @laura marrero fabian Dean Cain was ok. Yeah he played Clark but near the end of the series you see him as superman.

      Dion ErmenDion Ermen4 aylar önce
  • I liked Superman Returns

    The J-ManThe J-Man12 saatler önce
  • Yes, I liked Brandon’s portrayal of Superman!! Can’t wait for the crossover!!

    Natasha JeanNatasha Jean2 gün önce
  • I think he is the most handsome Superman ever..

    Malemleima HuidromMalemleima Huidrom4 gün önce
  • Should be NO pants above the costume.

    Ninja MasterNinja Master6 gün önce
  • BRING 90's BARRY

    Raihan MahajanaRaihan Mahajana14 gün önce
  • If DC is done with Cavill bring Routh back to the role as the Kingdom Come Superman...he looks great now

    Derek J. EvansDerek J. Evans18 gün önce
  • WB shot themselves in the foot with superman returns

    Jonny T.Jonny T.21 gün önce
  • the only superman there is

    lnb29lnb2926 gün önce
  • Bring him back for good. Period.

    Kameelah HarperKameelah Harper28 gün önce
  • brandon needs to add some more muscles mass then he would be the perfect superman

    salman shahsalman shahAylar önce
  • 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.

    GhostLink92GhostLink92Aylar önce
  • Brandon Routh Is Looking So Real Super Hero🇧🇩🇧🇩🇧🇩

    Juwel AhmadJuwel AhmadAylar önce
  • Brandon Routh is MY SUPERMAN and finally they gave him another chance also Michael Keaton is my Batman

    Jacob GrimesJacob GrimesAylar önce
  • he was the best superman looks a lot like Reeves.guy has physique and clumpsy as clark as he should .

    Petrus KelaetswePetrus KelaetsweAylar önce
  • Brandon return as superman i hope tobey maguire return as spiderman.

    Gregg MartianGregg MartianAylar önce
  • Wuhu Brandon is back!!!!! 😍❤️

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

    Gotham KnightGotham KnightAylar önce
  • 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

    Because of reasons lolBecause of reasons lolAylar önce
  • Superman returns - great cast, shitty story writers.

    420 gamer420 gamer2 aylar önce
  • my crush when i was like 7 or 8! He was at it finnest in Superman returns!

    Ersen FoyErsen Foy2 aylar önce
  • Superman returns was by far my fav superman film

    Stan GOT7Stan GOT72 aylar önce
  • 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...)

    Mateusz WoźniakMateusz Woźniak2 aylar önce
  • Writers: So how many crossovers do you want? Crisis: Yes.

    Savitar the God of SpeedSavitar the God of Speed2 aylar önce
  • 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.

    CaproniceCapronice2 aylar önce
  • I Want Brandon Routh as Movie Superman again Superman Returns Deserved a Sequel

    PHILL SHIVELYPHILL SHIVELY2 aylar önce
  • 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... 🙏🙏🙃🙃

    Soepieman99Soepieman992 aylar önce
  • I’d there going to be like a new serie or just like an episode for the crossover

    Gabriel LezliGabriel Lezli2 aylar önce
  • 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 tanramon jr tan2 aylar önce
  • Am I the only one to hoping to see Brandon Routh Kingdom Come spin-off movie?

    ramon jr tanramon jr tan2 aylar önce
  • Yes Brandon Routh.

    Kenny KharkongorKenny Kharkongor2 aylar önce
  • Routh should be superman again on the big screen

    G D JONESG D JONES2 aylar önce
  • I always liked Brandon as superman. 😁

    Squidward The GamecatSquidward The Gamecat2 aylar önce
  • he's the reason why i like superman in the first place

    rock GOLDrock GOLD2 aylar önce
  • Top gun is the gayest movie ever

    Suq MadiqSuq Madiq2 aylar önce
  • I like Brandon auto man so cute

    R OwOR OwO2 aylar önce
  • What about him in legends of tommrow??

    chill dude ooochill dude ooo2 aylar önce
  • Brandon Routh is the closest to a look alike to Christopher Reeve there is compare to other guys. imo

    John TadJohn Tad2 aylar önce
  • 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

    Incognito OneIncognito One2 aylar önce
  • Can we please have him meet the Atom?

    Teyon AlexanderTeyon Alexander2 aylar önce
  • I would like to see Brandon Routh return as superman in the big screen.

    Yoketat FooYoketat Foo2 aylar önce
  • Good lord Routh is SO MUCH BETTER than that stiff Henry Cavill.

    Mark AppelMark Appel2 aylar önce
  • I just hope they don't use that stupid looking cape that Tyler Heochlin wears on his suit for Brandon's suit.

    Saiyaman gSaiyaman g2 aylar önce
  • Brandon routh was thé bestttt

    Gabriel NoreGabriel Nore2 aylar önce
  • What will happen with Henry Cavill?

    Albert Kieran ZinnAlbert Kieran Zinn3 aylar önce
  • But what about Nicolas Cage as Superman huh? I think I speak for all Superman fans when I say that Superman needs Nicolas Cage!

    Xian XTXian XT3 aylar önce
  • 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.

    Victor DjinnVictor Djinn3 aylar önce
  • 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.

    bond 007bond 0073 aylar önce
  • tom welling is stepping in as superman again also👍👍👍

    wnerk ownerk o3 aylar önce
  • im so glad he gets to do this huge thing before leaving legends of tomorrow 😭

    Citizen SteelCitizen Steel3 aylar önce
  • Routh should go back to the Big Screen... Movie Screen since Cavill is gone. I loved him as Supes in 2006

    Your Nostrolee O’ Lee O’ LeesYour Nostrolee O’ Lee O’ Lees3 aylar önce
  • He’s is good as Superman but the movie suck

    Marcus DedracusMarcus Dedracus3 aylar önce
  • So that essentially means we got Christopher Reeves Superman. Because Brandon Routh and Christopher Reeves played the same incarnation of Superman.

    Crimson DoodlebearCrimson Doodlebear3 aylar önce
  • Oh shit the Super Vegan Todd is returning?

    Cameron KarrCameron Karr3 aylar önce
  • The movie universe decides not to do anything with their Superman, good thing we have the TV universe.

    Chimen ExpressChimen Express3 aylar önce
  • well that's it I'm off to see my lawyer to draw up my will. i can finally die happy.

    Landon BiondoLandon Biondo3 aylar önce
  • Todd Ingram is Superman

    acidicIdiotacidicIdiot3 aylar önce
  • Best Superman after Christopher Reeves!

    Graavigala85Graavigala853 aylar önce
  • Idk about this, but Brandon Routh really matches as Ray Palmer more than being portrayed as Superman.

    Enhance ThrillerEnhance Thriller3 aylar önce
  • I KNEW ATOM LOOKED FAMILIAR

    Mark SeptipieMark Septipie3 aylar önce
  • 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.

    FonzFonz4 aylar önce
  • He's fucking handsome ,I miss them after Superman returns

    Taenyoon TaneoTaenyoon Taneo4 aylar önce
  • Yes that's going to be good !!!🕴️🍃🐱🐱

    Santi. JosefSanti. Josef4 aylar önce
  • Christopher Reeves played the best Superman.

    Neutral 69Neutral 694 aylar önce
  • Routh was great as Supes he just deserved a better movie

    Darryl RuizDarryl Ruiz4 aylar önce
  • Wish it was on the big screen... smh

    Humanities ResistanceHumanities Resistance4 aylar önce
  • This is a dream come true for me. He is the true successor to Reeves and was meant for the role.

    Steven PassananteSteven Passanante4 aylar önce
  • Ben Affleck - Superman?

    Ira OnacraIra Onacra4 aylar önce
  • We want Henry. We want Henry. We want Henry.

    Gerry StevensGerry Stevens4 aylar önce
  • Tyler: I'm the best superman Brandon: hold my beer Henry Cavill: Children Please

    dari_ mdari_ m4 aylar önce
Brandon Routh Reacts To His Return As Superman