Brandon Routh Talks MAN OF STEEL; Says He Hasn't Seen It Yet

Despite saying he hasn't seen Man of Steel yet, Brandon Routh says it lacks some of what Superman Returns had. CinemaJaw sat in on a Q&A with Brandon Routh while he was in town for Chicago Comic-Con, where he discussed his run as Superman, and his thoughts Man of Steel...

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At the Chicago Comic Con this weekend, Brandon Routh answered questions about playing Superman, living up to the Christopher Reeve legacy, and his thoughts on "Man of Steel". Here are a few excerpts from the panel...

Q: Have you seen the new Superman movie "Man of Steel" and if so do you agree with the new direction they took?

Routh: With a new born baby I have not been out of the house much to see movies, but I have heard a lot about the film. It seems to me that they were given a note that more action was wanted. It tried to make up for what "Superman Returns" lacked, but at the same time what "Superman Returns" had perhaps "Man of Steel" lacked. You can't get 100% success. To reach too far toward one crowd, you miss another audience or age group. It is difficult to be a movie executive.

Q: In the movies you have had super powers playing Superman. In life what would you say your superpower is?

Routh: I guess what I want my superpower to be and I do my best to exhort that and it’s real cheesy, but it is to spread love.

Q: Was there a lot of pressure for you to live up to the old Christopher Reeve's Superman?

Routh: Yes, absolutely. I think everyone out there who was a fan of those movies was saying "yeah I see this new guy, but he is no Christopher Reeve". I grew up watching those movies and Chris was my superman, so I knew full well the challenge I had in front of me. I wanted to make sure I did justice to his legacy. That is why I tried to bring as much of his spirit and energy to the role as I could while still doing things to make it my own. If I would have gone in and did a totally different Superman, some people would have like that, mainly people who did not know Christopher Reeve as Superman. Many more people know him in the role, so it was important that I try and bridge the gap.

Obviously, it's hard to go see movies with a new born baby, but Routh has been out of the house appearing at convention. It's quite possible he might not be too anxious to see the Man Of Steel. Maybe someone needs to find the Man of Steel a babysitter (Hello Batman?).
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jerryblake - 8/18/2013, 6:58 PM
yep, this time around there was too much action (but that's just my opinion)
Highflyer - 8/18/2013, 7:03 PM
Here comes the fanboy hate.
marvel72 - 8/18/2013, 7:04 PM
routh don't worry,its good but not great,a worthy 3/5 movie.
P862010 - 8/18/2013, 7:04 PM
too much action lol not this shit again

thats like saying a mob movie had too much shooting
Highflyer - 8/18/2013, 7:05 PM
He has a point though. People complained about the lack of action in Superman returns and I think WB really wanted to make up for that. But it seemed they overcompensated a little. Just my opinion.
TheMexicanSuperman - 8/18/2013, 7:07 PM
I liiked superman returns but I'm glad we got MOS instead.
jerryblake - 8/18/2013, 7:07 PM
@P862010
to much "over the top action" to be precise. I know that Hollywood have a tendency to blow shit up, and that it's a Superman movie but still ...
bagadoosh - 8/18/2013, 7:09 PM
Both were decent films but returns had more dooshy moments
DudeGuyMan - 8/18/2013, 7:10 PM
Oh yeah. That Superman movie happened...

jerryblake - 8/18/2013, 7:11 PM
my guess ... WB told Snyder (or Goyer, or both of them) that there was not enough action in Superman Returns so he went full with it ... Still, sometimes less is better.
3DWitchHunt - 8/18/2013, 7:15 PM
GizmoEl - 8/18/2013, 7:24 PM
Way too much over the top action in MoS. I would have preferred if Supes didn't, y'know, level Metropolis.

Love Routh. I hated Superman Returns, but loved him in Chuck and Scott Pilgrim.
Highflyer - 8/18/2013, 7:24 PM
He's right though... you can't please everybody. I mean, SR was prsised by critics but was hated by fans while MOS was loved by most fans but received mixed reception from critics.
Highflyer - 8/18/2013, 7:25 PM
@Levi, Agreed 100%
JatevinM - 8/18/2013, 7:27 PM
LMFAO the logic of some of you people is just astounding.
Dev7 - 8/18/2013, 7:35 PM
SR > MOS. There I said it. SR was a better overall movie than MOS but it lacked action and had a story people couldn't care less about. MOS had too much action, very little story and no character development.
P862010 - 8/18/2013, 7:36 PM
this is why studios should never listen to fanboys because they dont know what they want everyone even here kept on saying "did superman even throw a punch" in superman returns

and now he throws too many

GTFO with that crap
jerryblake - 8/18/2013, 7:42 PM
@GizmoE!

i could see him leveling Metropolis, but not with the help of bad CGI, shitty editing, jets flying around, giant space dildo, Kame Hame looked like wave, and collapsing buldings.


Ufff ... That was harsh :)
JayJayCAW - 8/18/2013, 7:43 PM
"3DWitchHunt.....thats my GIF lol
Highflyer - 8/18/2013, 7:46 PM
SR was a much better send off to the reeve era than quest for peace. I really like SR.
Highflyer - 8/18/2013, 8:06 PM
"I guess what I want my superpower to be and I do my best to exhort that and it’s real cheesy, but it is to spread love." - Brandon Routh
SnapperCarr - 8/18/2013, 8:37 PM
Jay Olivia shouldn't have story boarded this movie with over the top action.
TheRationalNerd - 8/18/2013, 8:42 PM
I can't believe what I'm reading here??

Man of Steel had "too much action"???

If you want to talk about too much action i think you should watch "The Punisher Warzone"! lol

I thought that it was decent in most areas towards the dialogue. We already know so much about these characters from other cartoons, movies and tv shows. But I can understand if people were saying that in regards to the new audience members being introduce to Superman for the first time.

I don't know about you all but the Superman vs. Batman film will be loaded with action and I'm pumped to see every punch, kick and every drop of bloodshed!
SpecialKail - 8/18/2013, 8:43 PM
i think a major problem is that superman just kinda sucks. They should've based the movie on Strazynski's earth one superman. It was dark, it was modern, it had action and character.
SpecialKail - 8/18/2013, 8:44 PM
Black wolverine, no one said punisher war zone was good.
SpecialKail - 8/18/2013, 8:45 PM
And the action in war zone was appropriate for that character.
SpecialKail - 8/18/2013, 8:45 PM
And wolverine isn't black.
TheRationalNerd - 8/18/2013, 8:46 PM
Dev7 - 8/18/2013, 7:35 PM
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SR > MOS. There I said it. SR was a better overall movie than MOS but it lacked action and had a story people couldn't care less about. MOS had too much action, very little story and no character development.

Can you explain why you thought it had very little story and no character development?

Not being a prick I swear I'm just interested in hearing people's opinions. I want to become a writer someday so I'm always enthusiastic to see fans reasonings and complaints! :)
TheRationalNerd - 8/18/2013, 8:54 PM
@SpecialKail

Who said I was trying to say the Punisher Warzone was good??? lol I was referring to a film that had a lot of action. Based on what I've seen/read of superman he is an action hero that's why I guess he was in I dunno... "Action Comics" when he first appeared. Over the years they've had superman get involved with politics and all types of global peace subject manners and etc. but I honestly thing that Man of Steel was a great modern tale for the hero.

And in regards to your "wolverine isn't black" comment I never said he was and you and I both know that he isn't so don't even try me kid! lol
SpecialKail - 8/18/2013, 8:59 PM
smh.
MJPETTY7 - 8/18/2013, 9:03 PM
I liked Routh as Superman and I liked Superman Returns.

That being said, I loved Man of Steel.
Indy - 8/18/2013, 9:05 PM
always like him.
TheRationalNerd - 8/18/2013, 9:07 PM
@SpecialKail

Good Boy.
Highflyer - 8/18/2013, 9:14 PM
@newmutants, you do realize that superman didn't know his son existed right?
Mechagino - 8/18/2013, 9:27 PM
Haha, people saying Superman caused all the destruction in Man Of Steel.

A second viewing has shown he's caused little destruction of metropolis and Smallville as it was all of Zod's doing and the terraforming device.

Hell, the Avengers caused more destruction then Superman in comparison and thus making that little response meme moot.
prettynucIear - 8/18/2013, 9:34 PM
more like too many flashbacks that don't belong in the movie
thewolveRAYne - 8/18/2013, 9:37 PM
I loved the idea of Supernan 5/Returns. Not so much the execution.
0bstreperous - 8/18/2013, 9:38 PM
They both sucked

Truth

TheRationalNerd - 8/18/2013, 9:38 PM
@Mechagino

Thank You.

fettastic - 8/18/2013, 9:40 PM
A lack of action was the absolute LEAST of Superman Returns' problem.

Nothing against Routh, but he's just not a good actor. I just saw Dylan Dog today and if I ever had any suspicion that he was actually a good actor who got caught in Singer's trap, that was erased. The man is a plank.

But even THAT was not in the top 10 problems. It was the story and the abssolutely inept portrayal of the character as a deadbeat dad, whiney stalker.

It really says something when the best part of your Superman movie is Jimmy [frick]ing Olsen!

By the way, that Jimmy Olsen guy completely steals the show in Dylan Dog too.
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