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Brandon Routh Returning as Superman To DCU Following Henry Cavill’s Exit? Superman Returns Star Reacts To James Gunn’s Superman Casting Update

Brandon Routh Returning as Superman To DCU Following Henry Cavill's Exit

Actor Brandon Routh has captured the attention of the fans! The DC Universe has been facing a lot of challenges lately and James Gunn seems to be at the center of them all. Thanks to the idea that he and his business partner, Peter Safran, has for the revival of the superhero universe, fans have been attacking the two from all four directions. The biggest complaint the fans have is linked to Henry Cavill.

Henry Cavill as Superman
Henry Cavill as Superman

After relentless pursuits of getting the actor back into the Superman suit, he finally returned as Superman in Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam. However, the joy was quite short-lived as the new DCU slate had no place for his Superman. Now, while there are rumors about who is getting cast as the new Superman, James Gunn debunked them all and Brandon Routh has something to add to it!

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Brandon Routh Replies to James Gunn

Brandon Routh
Brandon Routh

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After James Gunn announced that a younger Superman will be gracing the DC Universe soon, fans were a bit skeptical (and still are). After all, they were looking forward to seeing Henry Cavill in the role of Superman once again and possibly a Man of Steel sequel to go along with the return. But alas! Fate had other plans.

So while a lot of fans are still furious about everything that’s going on at the DC Studios, some have already made their pick for who they want to play the younger version of Superman. There were even rumors flying around that actor Jacob Elordi, known for his role as Noah Flynn in The Kissing Booth, will be the next Superman.

However, as we all know by now, Gunn is someone who doesn’t entertain false news as he doesn’t like anyone misinforming the fans. He often debunks fake reports on his Twitter, which is exactly what he did to the Elordi rumor. Gunn stated that casting will happen when, and only when, the script has been completed or is nearing completion. Since the script is far from being ready at the moment, the casting seems to be a thing of the far future.

After Gunn debunked the rumor, Brandon Routh took some time out of his life to engage with Gunn’s tweet stating, “The suits are too blue.” Routh’s reply caught the eye of a lot of people as the actor too had a run playing Superman in Superman Returns.

Thanks to the tweet, Routh received a lot of replies from his fans who were hoping that the actor would get to revive his career as Superman, one more time. They stated that while they appreciated his time as the superhero, they wished the actor got a chance at closure. However, keeping the fact that Gunn and Peter Safran want a younger Superman into consideration, it seems highly unlikely that fans will get to see Routh as Superman again.

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Brandon Routh’s Run as Superman

Brandon Routh as Superman
Brandon Routh as Superman

Routh’s time as Superman was short-lived. With Superman Returns not performing well at the box office, the actor was not asked to return for a sequel. After the 2006 movie, fans had lost all hope that they would ever get to see Routh don Superman’s cape ever again.

However, the world once again saw Routh’s portrayal as Superman in Crisis on Infinite Earths which aired from 2019 to 2020. While appearing on the Inside of You podcast, the actor was asked if he got emotional while playing Superman again after all these years. Routh stated that he certainly did and that the second time was much better because there wasn’t pressure on him like the first time.

Oh, for sure. Absolutely. Thank goodness, also because the first time was such a…so much pressure, that I was trying not to look at and also couldn’t even conceive of. I was like, ‘Oh I’m gonna do this and I’m gonna appreciate the next one, relax into the next one. I just have to kind of get through this..’ I didn’t have the awareness that I have now.”

Routh is also extremely grateful to have played this larger-than-life character and stated that playing Superman again healed the wounds he had from Superman Returns.

I was shooting the Batwoman was the first time I was appearing as Superman in it. And I just was..I thought, ‘I’ve already done it..Even if this was the only scene I’m doing,’ the emotional wound or scar that was left by my experience on Superman Returns was mostly healed.”

Superman Returns has received a 74% Rotten Tomatoes rating and made $391.1 million at the box office against a $223 million gross budget. While the movie didn’t do too well at the box office, fans still love Routh’s portrayal of the character and it goes without saying that if DCU decides to bring him to play Superman, people wouldn’t mind it at all!

Superman Returns is available to watch on Prime Video.

Source: Twitter | Brandon Routh

Written by Mishkaat Khan

Mishkaat is a medical student who found solace in content writing. Having worked in the industry for about three years, she has written about everything from medicine to literature and is now happy to enlight you about the world of entertainment. When not writing, she can be found obsessing over supernatural beings through books and TV.