The CW recently released an image of Brandon Routh donning Superman’s darker and more foreboding costume for the Arrowverse crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths.’ This version of Supe’s red and blue getup comes from the 1996 miniseries ‘Kingdom Come.’ The story showed us a bleak look at a not too distant future in the DC universe and was written by Mark Waid and painted by the amazing Alex Ross.
In this Elseworld storyline, Superman has become more disillusioned with his adopted homeworld and new, more reckless vigilantes have emerged to replace the aging superheroes of yesterday. A number of heroes have either retired or changed entirely, not always for the better. The idea of throwing supervillains in the lockup isn’t working anymore. One villain, in particular, ended up on the end of a very violent punchline.
I’m just gonna say it. If Bryan Singer had given us Brandon Routh’s Superman in this costume in 2006, I would have overlooked a number of issues in ‘Superman Returns’.
Brandon Routh also shared a more moody shot of him in the outfit on his Instagram.
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“… I’m always around.” #CrisisOnInfiniteEarths #Superman @thecw @warnerbrostv @dccomics An amazing team put this together! Thank you to @vaxcodsng for leading the charge & design, Rory (and team) at #HargateCostumes & Jose (and team) @ironhead_studio for building the suit, Mauricio @westerncostumecompany for the boots, @redheadtattoos for the hair, #AmandaMcGowan & @tiarae9 for makeup, @thealexrossart for the artistic inspiration, and lastly @marcguggenheim for being crazy enough to pull this all together. 🙏🏻 📷: @jordero
Tom Welling’s ‘Smallville’ Superman will also be in attendance and it’s rumored that Lynda Carter may once again take up the star-spangled outfit and return as Wonder Woman.
This massive event which will reunite heroes and villains from inside and outside the CW franchise is set to start in December. Three episodes will hit at the end of the year, and the ‘Crisis’ will be concluded via two episodes in January 2020. One episode will be dedicated to each of the CW’s current shows: ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Supergirl’, ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, and the newly launched ‘Batwoman’.
Which version of Superman is your favorite? Should the CW start to branch off and deliver more Elseworld one-offs? ‘Red Son’? ‘Gotham by Gaslight’?