In an elseworlds alternate timeline, actor Brandon Routh might be unveiling another cinematic flight wearing the cape and famous “S” symbol this year. Like Christian Bale a year before him, Routh was the star of a critically and commercially successful super hero movie in 2006, and it looked like he was about to become a franchise star. But the “Superman Returns” sequel never happened.
Directed by Bryan Singer, “Superman Returns” enjoyed largely positive reviews and netted about $400 million at the box office on a $200 million budget. Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins,” starring Bale, didn’t make that much in 2005 (though it did cost less to make). But because "Returns" didn’t meet its $500 million box office expectation, former Warner Bros. president Alan F. Horn deemed the film a disappointment.
Still, a sequel was announced, but filming was delayed and the release date pushed back from 2009 to 2010. It didn’t materialize and in the meantime, the film had begun to be thought of as a flop. As for Brandon Routh? Although he expected to return to the role of Superman, much as Christian Bale had returned in “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” his contract for the job expired in 2009 – and he made it known that he would sign back up as the Kryptonian if he could.
Of course that didn’t happen. And now, seven years after the world first saw Brandon Routh as Superman, Henry Cavill is about to assume the mantle in 'Man of Steel,' directed by Zack Snyder and opening Friday.
Routh has since developed a fan following for his turn in the role, and when I spoke with him at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con he had a steady line of fans peppering him with questions about Superman, along with those about his work as super-powered vegan Todd Ingram in “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” (not to mention turns on the CBS series “Partners,” “Chuck” and in Kevin Smith's “Zak and Miri Make a Porno”).
There, we chatted about 'Superman Returns', as well as his thoughts on 'Man of Steel': Read More...