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April 18, 2006: Actors Work on Both "Superman Returns" Movie and Videogame

The Hollywood Reporter has posted an article about how the cast of "Superman Returns" also lent their voices to "Superman Returns: The Videogame"...

"Superman Returns: The Videogame" will reach stores June 26 -- four days before the Man of Steel returns to the big screen in North America, but the similarities go deeper than their release dates.

Tying the movie and game worlds together are the voice and likeness of "Superman Returns" star Brandon Routh, as well as the voices of Kevin Spacey (Lex Luthor), Kate Bosworth (Lois Lane), Parker Posey (Kitty Kowalski) and Sam Huntington (Jimmy Olsen). Most of the cast worked in Los Angeles sound studios for the game, while Posey recorded her dialogue in Germany.

"Brandon Routh is a gamer," said Jason Hall, senior VP at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which partnered on the project with Electronic Arts. "It's great to use him to create connectivity between the film and the game. The acting talent in Hollywood is getting more into games. Voice-over work for video games is something that's fun for many of them to do."

Chris Gray, executive producer of "Superman Returns: The Videogame" at Electronic Arts, made a concerted effort to ensure that the game was true to the new direction of the revitalized franchise. He worked directly with film director Bryan Singer and screenwriters Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris, in addition to his team of 150 people at EA's Tiburon Studio in Florida, and traveled to the film's Australian set to get an authentic feel for the project.

Gray said using the movie's actors was part of his drive to draw gamers into the emotional mind-set of the property.

"Using Hollywood actors in games brings good acting," Hall said. But consumers don't buy video games because actors are in them, he added. "The real benefit, beyond the extra marketing attention, is that you have someone who's good at acting delivering the performance. It comes down to the talent in the game."

EA brought in video game writer Flint Dille and comic scribe Marv Wolfman to expand the game's story line and provide gamers with surprises. The interactive adventure expands beyond the film's plot to incorporate such comic villains as Parasite, Metallo, Bizarro and the property's 60 years of heritage, in addition to giving players a sense of flying and having the requisite superpowers to defend Metropolis.

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