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Superman Faceoff: Bryan Singer vs. Brandon Routh

Thompson on Hollywood By Jeanne Wolf | Thompson on Hollywood April 22, 2011 at 8:07AM

As the latest Superman reboot gets underway, two folks who have no say in the Chris Nolan/Zack Snyder version, Superman Returns director Byran Singer and star Brandon Routh, face off against each other, Jeanne Wolf reports: When Bryan Singer makes a public statement that sounds like he was sorry he picked Brandon Routh to be Superman in the 2006 Superman Returns, you’d think that the former superhero’s feelings would be wounded.
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Thompson on Hollywood

As the latest Superman reboot gets underway, two folks who have no say in the Chris Nolan/Zack Snyder version, Superman Returns director Byran Singer and star Brandon Routh, face off against each other, Jeanne Wolf reports:


When Bryan Singer makes a public statement that sounds like he was sorry he picked Brandon Routh to be Superman in the 2006 Superman Returns, you’d think that the former superhero’s feelings would be wounded.

Speaking to Total Film, Singer said: "If I'm really honest, what I probably would have done is go back and retell the origin story with someone like Nicholas Hoult [playing Clark Kent/Superman]. I would have done it differently from Richard Donner's original, which I love, but instead of doing a sequel I'd have started from the beginning - maybe I had that in the back of my mind and instead translated it to ‘X-Men: First Class!’"

So what does former Man of Steel Brandon Routh think of the director’s remorse?

Even though Routh may no longer have x-ray vision, he seems to have keen hindsight: “I love the movie and I'll stand by it. Did it do everything that every fan boy and girl wanted? Ah… no. Do I think there should've been fighting in it? Yes! It would have been great to have some fighting. Would I have liked to have seen more of Brandon as Superman flying versus CGI Superman flying? Yes, I just think that pulled me out of the film a little bit. They did an amazing job, but there were still some shots that were not as good as the real thing. So there’s that. But, you know, I'm six years older now than I was then. I'm so much more mature. I feel like I could have brought even more reverence and more maturity to the character than was there when I was 25. Other than that, I'm really happy with it.”

But, never fear, Routh will hit the big screen soon as the title character in another comic book movie, Dylan Dog. Even though he’s playing more anti-hero than Superhero in the film based on a popular Italian comic full of vampires, werewolves and zombies, Routh had a blast doing it. But, did he miss having his superpowers? “It would've made this a lot easier," Routh jokes. "But, I got to shoot guns and learn fight choreography, which I'd never gotten to do before. And, I throw punches at big monsters and get beat up a lot and get thrown around. So, it was work, but it was fun.”

Looks like Routh has moved on just fine without the cape.

Here's my 2009 Comic-Con interview with Routh:


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.