Brandon Routh Not Starring in ‘Superman Returns 2’?

Rumors abound connecting the film with the upcoming ‘Justice League of America’.

Variety had reported on Thursday, that Bryan Singer would not be returning to direct Superman: The Man of Steel. The publication also mentioned that Brandon Routh would not be returning in the film as well:

The next Superman we will see on the big screen will not be Brandon Routh, but a younger Superman among a cast of youthful superheroes in Justice League of America.

Now, Latino Review has posted a story confirming that DC Comics had informed them weeks ago that Routh would not be in the next film. They were asked not to reveal this information to the public, but since Variety spilled the beans, they decided to write a story confirming the news. The site says:

Variety has now confirmed what we've secretly known for a while and Brandon Routh will be replaced in the stand alone sequel by whomever is cast as Superman in the upcoming Justice League of America movie.

At this point, Warner Bros. has not mentioned anything about these revelations.

Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Justice League Part 1 comes to theaters November 11th, 2017 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

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  1. william28

    it's seem to be unfair for me if you're going to change brandon routh for the role as superman that will be biggest failure in your movie if you're going to change the cast. what about the fans of brandon routh?

    That is really not fair!

    7 years agoby @william28Flag


    this still is not going to be a very good film. i am very worried aabout this film and the effect it will have on the comic book world...

    7 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  3. AYLAGA5


    7 years agoby @aylagas55Flag

  4. Brian

    JLA is gonna be god awful. When is Hollywood gonna realize Comic-book flix are over...

    7 years agoby @brianFlag

  5. Eskate85

    Superman Returns sucked, new Superman will suck, JLA will suck. It sure is disappointing to see movies that could have been cool turn to sh*t because of money hungry movie executives. best thing we can do is just not see them in theatres.

    7 years agoby @eskate85Flag

  6. El Barto

    flashbacks of batman forever & batman & robin are coming to my mind. They're gonna destroy the franchise... how hard is it to do an intelligent, innovative, stick to your seat movie?? I guess it is hard... Justice League is gonna suck real bad, Its gonna be a Mystery Men kind of movie but without the comedy

    7 years agoby @marcelilloFlag

  7. Brewdawg

    Edge its hollywood they dont need a thought process. all they need is their precious money

    7 years agoby @brewdawgFlag

  8. the Narrator

    Routh was great. this is so stupid.

    7 years agoby @narratorFlag

  9. TheEdge76

    I'm pissed. This is a horrible desicion......I don't understand their f*cking thinking process here......

    7 years agoby @cwalkenisthemanFlag

  10. G-reg

    Brandon Routh was a great superman and Bryan Singer was a great director...this new moive will suck without them.

    7 years agoby @g-regFlag

  11. JOSE718

    i care less about ALL THIS SH*T

    7 years agoby @jose718Flag

  12. CapisDead

    that could be very cool. Especially a wa to bring the DC universe together somewhat in film form. I like this idea.

    7 years agoby @capisdeadFlag

  13. -comrade-

    I just hope it gets made, of course, if Singer isn't doing it, maybe not. I got excited when Bryan was talking about an alien villain

    7 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  14. killahmovie24

    its the truth though keep routh let smallville's superman do jla, and release The dark knight early and we will all be happy!!!

    7 years agoby @killahmovie24Flag

  15. lonewolf419

    Is the author of this article a complete and total imbecile? The Forthcoming JLA movie and Superman Returns II have nothing to do with each other. They are two completley different concepts, set in different times and places. They are are about as relevant to each other As Batman Begins is to Batman Beyond (the cartoon). Idiot. Check your facts before you print a story.

    7 years agoby @lonewolf419Flag

  16. CelluloidDreams

    The the only reason Brandon Routh got the part in "Superman Returns" is his "resemblance" to Christopher Reeve!! Other than that Brandon Routh couldn't act his way out of a paperbag!!

    "Superman Returns" was a glum, lackluster movie in which even the big effects sequences seem dutiful instead of exhilarating!!!
    "Superman Returns" finds no reason for being, other than that it was a summer movie, and that the computer graphics have improved since the superhero days of Christopher Reeve!!

    I'm wondering how Brandon Routh got out of his contract for "Superman 2"??, because back in 2006 Brandon Routh, Bryan Singer, and Kevin Spacey all signed on for the sequel, which at that time the working title was "The Man of Steel"!

    7 years agoby @2movieguysFlag


    Brandon Routh was great as Superman.

    7 years agoby @cerealkillerFlag

  18. Buriblazing

    Brandon routh is a great superman for the role he looks
    exactly like christopher reeve and talks like him
    his casting was a miracle if he is out dont bother making man of steel sequel the first movie made 200 million at
    the box office dont try to fix anything just improve the script and more villians dont change superman its the core of the film.

    7 years agoby @buriblazingFlag

  19. deeman138

    I heard that JLA is going to be a kiddie movie.

    7 years agoby @deeman138Flag

  20. artkid04

    This sucks, i hope JLA is good.

    7 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  21. Zynthos

    i dont really care about this news as long as Justice League will be good.

    7 years agoby @heir-of-isildur0Flag

  22. gwattsbdw

    My only problem with Routh as Superman is that he was a little too young. And now they want to replace him with someone even younger !?!? What the hell is with Hollywood's youth obsession? I'm still pretty young myself (26), and I don't understand it at all. For one thing, young actors typically aren't as god as older actors because of less experience. Also, for someone to look really powerful and like a leader, the way superman should carry himself, it helps if he is older. Not that he should even be 'older', I'm talking like early-mid 30s. But nooooo, they want a bunch of high schoolers to play the Justice League. They should just rename it "Teen Titans." Look at 300, Casino Royale, Sin City, or any of the other good action movies from the past couple of years. All stared actual MEN as opposed to KIDS. Someone like Clive Owen would be an awesome Superman. He could have the presence that Superman calls for. You're not going to find a 20 year old kid who has the kind of commanding presence required by the character.

    Why is it that I care more about doing the character justice than the people at DC and Warner Brothers ??

    7 years agoby @gwattsbdwFlag

  23. ed_wood

    No Justice League movie and no Superman without Routh.

    7 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  24. killahmovie24

    but those 2 movies to bed, no brian singer and no routh? i mean cmon that kid was born to play clark/superman look at him! this is worse then finding out who they cast as goku!

    7 years agoby @killahmovie24Flag

  25. CelluloidDreams

    It may well be that *Superman Returns* is not the most boring movie ever made, but it is in the top five. Make that the top two. It is unquestionably one of the most inane. The acting ... well, "acting" is an awfully big word. Maybe we'd be better off calling it "standing in front of the camera and repeating lines." Brandon Routh looks like a computer-generated image (a little more PANCAKE MAKEUP, Brandon??) and acts with all the skill and energy of a Macy's mannequin. Actually, with those ultra-fake blue contact lenses, and his Man-of-Wood characterization!!!

    7 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  26. XJWS79

    Damn I knew it has soon has I saw Singer wasn't directing Superman The Man of Steel.
    Gee guys you can't make the two movies different and not worry about how different the Superman in Man of Steel is different from Justice League. For crying out loud they had a chance at making something great and now I'm not so sure what to think now.
    I thought Routh did am awesome job has Superman. So their just going to replace him like a Tv, something they enjoyed watching but want to go with the newer model.

    I suppose they'll try to change Batman next, before Nolan decides on using Christian Bale in his 3rd Batman movie which would be a complete travesty.

    7 years agoby @xjws79Flag

  27. CelluloidDreams

    WOW!!! Looks like nobody from the 1st film will be in "Superman 2"!! Awww what a shame!!

    7 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  28. K-Man

    Thats an absolute f*cking shame. Brandon Routh was an amazing superman.
    Now we all know exactly where "Justice League" is headed. Straight for the sh*tters. Its going to be the biggest disgrace of a movie to hit theaters since Alone in the Dark, which means whoever they cast as Superman (Scott Porter as of right now) is going to be one gigantic peace of sh*t. So not only are they going to destroy justice league but they are going to bring Superman: Man of Steel down with it! Great going guys! Are the top studio exec's IQs dropping sharply these days.
    And for all of you who say that Brian Singer ruined Superman Returns. Well your absolute f*cking morons. Brian Singer is an amazing director and he did all that he could with the script that he was given. I did not find it to be that bad of a movie to be honest. I mean sure there could have been a lot more action, but lets face it people, when the sole villain is Lex Luthor (no matter how great of a character he is) things tend to get a little slow in the action department. I mean we can only watch superman disable so many nuclear weapons or stop so many trains, planes and automobiles before sh*t gets repetitive. So my point being, given that the villain was Lex and only Lex I would say that the movie was pretty damn good. Beautifully shot and very reminiscent of the originals. And what action there was in that movie was freakin amazing. Now give Brian Singer a shot at some crazy alien villains like General Zod,Ursa, and Non that would put up an excellent PHYSICAL battle against superman with some good emotional bits in the middle and you would have yourself a film that would rival Batman: The Dark Knight. No qualms about it. Those are facts people.
    And now without Routh too it is going to be a disaster. I mean Scott Porter (whether that is true or not it goes to show you where everyone's head is at) give me a f*cking break the guy's a no talent ass clown who looks NOTHING like a Clark Kent. I would have at the very least settled for Tom Welling from Smallville, but not this. Its almost like 85% of hollywood has taken their artistic judgement and shoved it straight down the f*cking toilet.
    So to all those who think that Superman Returns sucked. Your in for one sh*tty ride, because you aint seen nothing yet. And you are all going to be wishing Singer had directed Superman: Man of Steel before the end. Just wait. We're all f*cked in the Superman department from here on out.

    7 years agoby @k-manFlag

  29. raw_bhl

    what? why? come on he wasn't that bad, i quite enjoyed superman returns. and replacing him with the guy from the justice league, n from what i've heard that movie's gonna be pants.

    7 years agoby @raw-bhlFlag

  30. MaViNx


    7 years agoby @mavinxFlag

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