Brandon Routh is putting aside the Atom armor to suit up in a different familiar red and blue suit– Superman’s. Although it’s sort of forgotten nowadays, Routh’s first major claim to fame was portraying Superman/Clark Kent in the 2006 flick ‘Superman Returns,’ but it has been revealed that will portray Superman in the upcoming ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ crossover event. And he’ll share the screen with the current TV Superman, Tyler Hoechlin. They will be playing the Man of Steel at different points in time.
Some new information about the crossover has surfaced. This five-part crossover will be split across the winter hiatus, with three episodes airing in December and two in January. One thing that can be assumed is that one of the December episodes will be ‘Arrow’… possibly even the final episode of ‘Arrow’, as that show is ending after the upcoming ten episodes.
Also, one of the January episodes will be ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, as that show isn’t debuting its new season until then. It was pushed back to allow room for the new show ‘Batwoman’, which is also going to be part of ‘Crisis’, along with ‘The Flash’, and ‘Supergirl’.
Hoechlin has appeared sporadically on ‘Supergirl’ since 2016 as the title character’s cousin. He also factored into last year’s crossover ‘Elseworlds’.
In the ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ comic, two Supermen appeared side-by-side– the Golden Age and Silver Age versions. Those two were decades apart in age. Routh is only eight years older than Hoechlin, so it remains to be seen how that will play out in this story.
‘Superman Returns’ wasn’t the hit Warner Brothers had hoped for, but Routh’s performance wasn’t the problem with it. (Appropos of nothing, but since I haven’t thought of this movie in years, I just realized it was directed by Bryan Singer and co-starred Kevin Spacey, two men who turned out to be complete scumbags.)
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Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Routh says he felt a “mix of emotions” when producers suggested he play Superman again. But then he added:
“It’s an opportunity for me to kind of say hello and goodbye to the character in a way I didn’t get to the first time. Being a young individual of 24, 25, I thought, ‘Oh, I’m going to do this for years and make multiple movies.’ And that, of course, didn’t happen. I’m just very honored to be able to do this one last time.”
In other ‘Crisis’ news, Caity Lotz will make her directing debut during the crossover event.
‘Supergirl’ returns for its fifth season on Sunday, October 6 at 9pm EST on The CW.
‘Legends of Tomorrow’ returns in January 2020.