Brandon Routh Reflects On The Failure Of ‘Superman Returns’

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Following his exit on Legends of Tomorrow, Brandon Routh also reflected on the failure of his 2006 film, Superman Returns.

It may seem like a lifetime ago for some, but once upon a time Brandon Routh was being set up as the next Superman for the Bryan Singer directed film, Superman Returns. While the film earned positive reviews from critics and earned $391M worldwide, it was not enough to warrant a sequel due in part to it’s massive $270M budget. The film’s failure ultimately stalled several careers including Brandon Routh’s. The actor would eventually get another shot as a superhero several years laster as Ray Palmer a.k.a. The Atom for the CW Arrowverse primarily in Arrow and the spinoff series, Legends of Tomorrow.

Brandon Routh would eventually go on to play Superman once again for the CW Arrowverse crossover, Crisis on Infinite Earths, but Superman Return‘s failure continues to come up to this day. During a recent interview, Brandon Routh reflected back on the film’s failure and how talks of a sequel slowly began to die out following the film’s performance:

“The end of my run as Superman, Superman Returns…that did not pan out the way I thought it was going to. The way everyone around me thought it was going to and so I really had to come to terms with a lot of that. There was no sequel. You know the movie was widely well-reviewed. People liked the movie. It made almost $400M worldwide but that wasn’t enough and it was a very slow fizzle out over the possibility of a sequel over the next two/three years. And I did everything I could do in my world to help make it happen which is a story for another time.”

You can see the full interview with Brandon Routh below:

What do you all make of Brandon Routh’s comments? Would you have liked to have seen him in another Superman film? What did you think of Superman Returns? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Brandon Routh’s Superman was last seen on the CW Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event. Here is the official synopsis for the crossover finale:

THE EARTH-SHATTERING “CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS” CROSSOVER CONCLUDES – “Worlds lived, worlds died. Nothing will ever be the same.” Gregory Smith directed the episode written by Keto Shimizu and Ubah Mohamed.

In addition to the regular cast members of each Arrowverse series, Crisis featured appearances by Tyler Hoechlin as Superman, Brandon Routh as Clark Kent/Superman and Ray Palmer/The Atom, LaMonica Garrett as the Anti-Monitor, Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor, Tom Cavanagh as Pariah, Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, Cress Williams as Black Lightning, Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne, Johnathon Schaech as Jonah Hex, Erica Durance as Lois Lane, Tom Welling as Clark Kent / Superman, Ashley Scott Will as Huntress, and Burt Ward in an undisclosed role.

Source: Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum

Trey Griffeth

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