Could Brandon Routh Return as Superman in His Own TV Series?

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Brandon Routh’s portrayal of Superman in 2006’s “Superman Returns” remains a cherished memory for many fans. While the film itself had a mixed reception, Routh’s earnest charm and physical embodiment of the Man of Steel resonated deeply, leaving audiences wanting more. Now, with the ever-expanding landscape of superhero television, whispers of Routh’s return as Superman are swirling once again.

Routh’s Superman journey didn’t end with “Superman Returns.” He donned the red and blue tights once more for the epic Arrowverse crossover event, “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” reprising his role as the Kingdom Come-inspired Superman of Earth-96. His powerful presence and emotional performance reignited the flame of hope for a dedicated Routh-led Superman project.

Today, Arrowverse executive producer Marc Guggenheim teased a potential “Superman Returns” sequel series on Twitter/X, stating, “Brandon and I have talked about a sequel series. We have some really exciting ideas…”

But what makes Routh such a compelling choice for the Man of Steel on television? His portrayal perfectly captures the essence of Superman: his unwavering hope, unwavering heroism, and vulnerability beneath the surface. Routh brings a genuine warmth and earnestness to the role, making him incredibly relatable. Additionally, his experience with the character across both film and television gives him a unique understanding of Superman’s complexities.

With “Superman & Lois” set to conclude with the upcoming fourth and final season, Routh’s Superman could exist on a separate Earth, similar to his appearance in “Crisis,” offering a distinct take on the character without stepping on any toes or creating any confusion regarding continuity.

Ultimately, the question of whether Routh will return to the role of Superman remains unanswered. But with Guggenheim’s cryptic tease and the looming end to “Superman & Lois,” the possibility seems more likely than ever. Whether it’s a full-fledged series or a limited event, one thing’s for sure: Brandon Routh’s Superman might still take flight.

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Superman2878
February 17, 2024 11:18 am
Reply to  Steve Younis

I hope so too Steve. 🙂

Superman2878
February 17, 2024 11:17 am

YES! MAKE IT SO! 😀

GodzillaofSteel
GodzillaofSteel
February 19, 2024 12:55 am
Reply to  Superman2878

I’m with you, Superman2878. I’d love for this to happen! I really enjoyed Brandon Routh’s portrayl of Superman. I was disappointed that he never got a sequel to “Superman Returns.” Hopefully this will happen.

Superman2878
February 20, 2024 12:16 pm

I hope so too GodzillaofSteel. But with recent news that WB does not want two separate and different competing versions of Superman on at the same time(at least from what I have heard), it might not happen.Then again, James Gunn did say that JJ Abrams’s Superman movie is still a go. So I’m still holding out hope that maybe he will allow Brandon Routh’s Superman series as an Elseworlds project. I’d even take it as a limited series just to see Brandon as Superman one last time.

Last edited 1 month ago by Superman2878
sundevil82
sundevil82
March 1, 2024 6:22 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

For spidey!

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redcape
redcape
February 24, 2024 8:26 pm

SR should have gotten a sequel. BUT,….in this day and age, you’re going to need a production company that has “proper” funding. They did a pretty good job when Supergirl started out on CBS. Unless it was on something like Netflix or one of the other streaming channels that has the money it’ll be tough to do.