Why The World Needs Brandon Routh To Be Superman
Superman4 argues why Warner Bros should keep Brandon Routh as Superman in the reboot.
In 1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace hit theaters. After its failure at the box office, Superman didn’t return to the big screen for almost twenty years.
In 2004 Warner Bros finally gave the OK to the script for the film Superman Returns. Warner Bros gave Bryan Singer the director’s chair. The next step was to find someone to play Superman. Singer decided to do what Richard Donner had done when he cast Christopher Reeve, by calling for an unknown. Eventually Singer came across an actor named Brandon Routh.
On June 28, 2006, Superman Returns was released worldwide making more on its opening day than the original. Even though it was mostly accepted many felt that the Man of Steel’s return wasn’t satisfactory. So after the success of the Hulk reboot in 2008, Warner Bros., seems to be leaning toward doing the same for Superman by rebooting the series. The current argument is whither or not to keep Brandon Routh as Superman. Well for many reasons I believe that the world needs a Superman like Brandon Routh.
Every year Spike TV holds awards for movies, which are split up into several categories. Just about anybody can go online and vote in each category, so as you can see it’s basically a way for the fans to pick their favorites. In 2006 Pick TV held its yearly awards and one of the categories was best superhero. The nominees where Christian Bale as Batman, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and Brandon Routh as Superman. Through the fan’s votes Brandon Routh won the award. When you think about it, this is a sign that the fans really like Routh and the fact he was picked over the star of Batman Begins says a lot.
Still not convinced Brandon Routh is a good Superman? Well let’s look back in the past. The year is 1964, gene Roddenberry, life long science fiction fan, conjured the idea of Star Trek. The original pilot "The Cage" had Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Pike commanding the Enterprise, Leonard Nimoy as second officer Spock and Many other playing the dark and boring Enterprise crew. After previewing The Cage Paramount decided although the concept was interesting they felt Captain Pike wasn’t an interesting lead man and the crew was equally as boring. Paramount had called for a complete recast which would get rid of the original cast including Nimoy. Roddenberry knew Nimoy had potential. After long discussion Paramount agreed to keep Nimoy as Spock. A total new cast included William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Deforest Kelly as the ship’s doctor McCoy and many more. This new cast brought a flair to the show (especially the friendship triangle between Kirk, Spock and McCoy). As Spock Leonard Nimoy became the most remember able character on both Star Trek and television. Brandon Routh could do the same for Warner Bros if they decide to keep him. I think they should take both Star Treks and Mr. Nimoy’s success into consideration.
If these are not good enough, consider this. Routh’s appearance is very similar to both Superman’s and Christopher Reeve’s. Like I said earlier, Routh had been cast the same way Reeve was one of the best Superman. What about Routh? Routh has what I call “the eye”, which is a characteristic in which a person has a certain thing about them that makes you trust them. Both Reeve and Routh had this sort of air to them. When Routh says “it’s ok I got you,” you believe him. One of the strongest moments in Superman Returns is when he takes Lois up for a flight and tells her, “You wrote, `the world doesn’t need a savior’ but every day I hear people crying for one”. Also Reeve was a great Superman for the 70’s and 80’s and is still inspirational today but the twenty first century is a different era so we need a new Superman for this era and Routh could be that person.
Even if you’re not a fan of Superman it’s unquestionable that he is one of the most influential superheroes of all time. Also the men who portray him are equally important. With a better story and more action, Brandon Routh could be the twenty first century’s Superman. With the world the way it is today it needs a hero to inspire it and the world needs Brandon Routh to be Superman.
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