How interesting it is that we’re living in a time with so many Supermen. Henry Cavill debuted as Man of Steel in 2013, reprised the role twice, and today many fans are eager to see him again flying in the red (or black) cape. Tyler Hoechlin is playing the role in Arrowverse show Superman & Lois, which will air its season 2 in early 2022. Michael B. Jordan is developing an HBOMax project centered on Val Zod, Superman from Earth-2. And let’s not forget Brandon Routh, who played the titular role in the 2006 movie Superman Returns.
Routh didn’t play Superman on the big screen again after Returns, but he managed to put on the red cape again on the small screen. In 2019, he played Kingdom Come Superman in Arrowverse crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths. After Superman, Routh is probably most known for the role of Ray Palmer/The Atom, which he played in various Arrowverse shows, mainly Legends of Tomorrow. He reprised the role of Atom in The Flash Season 8 Premiere, which aired last night.
Now, considering that his role of Kingdom Come Superman in Crisis on Infinite Earths was pretty limited, but it managed to catch the fans’ eyes and it reminded Routh how comfortable he feels in blue tights and red cape. Although it was said in Crisis on Infinite Earths that Lois Lane from his universe died, along with his friends from Daily Planet, it was revealed that he still has his son Jason, who was present in Superman Returns. Routh now revealed for ComicBook.com that he would “absolutely” love to reprise the role of Superman:
“Given the story is the right story and Superman portrayed in the way that I see Superman. I was absolutely always interested in that. I have made my own investigations about the possibility of something like that. Right now, the truth is that we’re flush with Superman stuff, with the success of Superman & Lois — and Tyler’s doing an awesome job on that — and then there’s a couple scripts and stuff going around for features, I think, in different iterations at Warner Bros.”
Routh’s got a good point there. There are so many Superman-related projects now, and it would be too much to start another solo project. But, given that Routh is very devoted to the comic book genre, we’re sure he would return even if he’s offered a small cameo or some guest appearance in other DC projects. Just imagine the potential Supermen team up in Superman & Lois with Hoechlin and Routh.