See Brandon Routh In Superman TV Series From Arrowverse Creator

By Britta DeVore | Published

Although David Corenswet was officially cast as the new face of Superman in James Gunn and Peter Safran’s freshly established DC Studios, a blast from the past has fans talking. It’s all thanks to screenwriter and producer Marc Guggenheim, who, after sharing a promotional shot of Brandon Routh as Superman, was forced to douse out the flames of speculation on social media. The picture in question comes from Guggenheim’s Arrowverse crossover event, Crisis on Infinite Earths, which saw Routh back in the suit and flying through the sky.

Arrowverse Creator Didn’t Mean To Ignite The Internet

Along with the image, Guggenheim also dropped a piece of information, revealing that he and Brandon Routh had previously had conversations about the actor returning to the role in his own TV series. Although, on his blog, Guggenheim said he couldn’t have imagined what would happen next, anyone with the smallest grip on a fandom could see where this was going. Like wildfire, rumors took off that not only was the teased show still in consideration but that the actor and writer were actively pursuing it. 

Concept Art Of Kingdom Come Superman

According to Guggenheim, none of this could be farther from the truth, but he was still happy to leave up the promo shot of Brandon Routh as Superman. The still is a real blast from the past as it showcases Routh taking a strong stance with his toned physique filling out the hero’s costume. With dark eyes and even darker slicked-back hair, it’s beyond understandable why Warner Bros. tapped him to star in their 2006 feature, Superman Returns.

Routh’s Career Beyond Superman

Though Brandon Routh had appeared in a handful of smaller parts on shows like Undressed, Gilmore Girls, and Will & Grace prior to his stint as Kal-El in Superman Returns, his appearance as the titular member of the Justice League lit the spark for his career. Since then, he’s appeared in feature-length projects like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, as well as shows like NBC’s Chuck. Still, even almost two decades later, there continues to be a dedicated fandom carrying a flame for Routh’s Superman. 

Joining The Arrowverse

Aside from his dip back into the Man of Steel for the Arrowverse crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths, Brandon Routh has yet to return to his role of Superman. Ironically, he landed the part of Ray Palmer, aka The Atom, on the series Arrow, a character he would go on to play in both small-screen titles, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Now, with Guggenheim’s tease, audiences have gotten a taste of what could have been, with many holding onto hope that the tide will change and Routh will take to the sky once more.

Fans Still Love Routh As Superman

Unfortunately, those Brandon Routh stans pushing for his Superman return will need to keep waiting as, as far as we know, James Gunn and Peter Safran are moving in a completely different direction with DC Studios. Just like Henry Cavill replaced Routh, Cavill was recently ousted from his longtime job as the studio’s Superman when the powers that be decided to move in a different direction with David Corenswet cast for Gunn’s Superman: Legacy

No Plans To Bring Routh’s Superman Back

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If anything, Guggenheim was simply trying to give his followers what they wanted: another look at Brandon Routh as Superman and an anecdote about their planned dreams. But, as of right now, Guggenheim says, there’s absolutely no plan to resurrect Routh’s Clark Kent. 

Source: LegalDispatch